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List of famous bishops, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top bishops in the world? This includes the most prominent bishops, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable bishops is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic bishops were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned bishops.

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Thomas Becket is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Thomas Becket Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in ...more

Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Saint Peter Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Church. The Catholic Church considers him ...more

James Wedderburn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Wedderburn James Wedderburn, bishop of Dunblane, was the second son of John Wedderburn, a mariner and shipowner from Dundee, and Margaret Lindsay. James Wedderburn, a playwright and early Scottish ...more

John A.T. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bishops
John A.T. Robinson John Arthur Thomas Robinson was an English New Testament scholar, author and the Anglican Bishop of Woolwich. He was a lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge, and later Dean of Trinity College ...more

Saint John Chrysostom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Saint John Chrysostom John Chrysostom, c. 349 – 407, Archbishop of Constantinople, was an important Early Church Father. He is known for his preaching and public speaking, his denunciation of abuse of authority by ...more

F. D. Washington is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bishops
F. D. Washington Bishop Frederick Douglas "F. D." Washington was a renowned Pentecostal minister of the Washington Temple Church of God in Christ in Brooklyn, New York. His most famous protege is Rev. ...more

Rainer Woelki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Rainer Woelki Rainer Maria Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 ...more

Leon Yao Liang is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Leon Yao Liang Leo Yao Liang was the Roman Catholic bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Xiwanzi, China. Ordained in 1946, Yao Liang was sentenced to a Chinese Communist labor camp in 1958 and was released ...more

Adolph John Paschang is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Adolph John Paschang Bishop Adolph John Paschang was an American Maryknoll Catholic bishop, missionary, relief worker and educator working in southern part of China in the early 20th century.

Gilbert E. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Gilbert E. Patterson Bishop G.E. Patterson was an American Pentecostal-Holiness.

J.O. Patterson, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bishops
J.O. Patterson, Jr. James Oglethorpe "J. O." Patterson, Jr. was a Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and a former Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee.

Fan S. Noli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Fan S. Noli Theofan Stilian Noli, better known as Fan Noli was an Albanian-American writer, scholar, diplomat, politician, historian, orator, and founder of the Albanian Orthodox Church, who served as prime ...more

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Charles Harrison Mason is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Charles Harrison Mason Charles Harrison "C.H." Mason was an American Pentecostal–Holiness and denominational leader. He was the founder, Chief Apostle and first Senior Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, ...more

Hezekiah Walker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Hezekiah Walker Bishop Hezekiah Walker is a popular American gospel music artist and pastor of prominent Brooklyn New York megachurch, Love Fellowship Tabernacle. Walker has released several albums on Benson ...more

Ernest Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Ernest Barnes Ernest William Barnes FRS was an English mathematician and scientist who later became a liberal theologian and bishop. He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham and Trinity College, ...more

Pedro de la Gasca is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Pedro de la Gasca Pedro de la Gasca was a Spanish bishop, diplomat and the second viceroy of Peru, from April 10, 1547 to January 27, 1550.

William Clyde Martin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bishops
William Clyde Martin William Clyde Martin was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in military service during World War I ...more

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Philippe de Vitry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Philippe de Vitry Philippe de Vitry was a French composer, music theorist and poet. He was an accomplished, innovative, and influential composer, and may also have been the author of the Ars Nova treatise. He was ...more

James Anthony Walsh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Anthony Walsh James Anthony Walsh was the co-founder of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Ida B. Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Ida B. Robinson Ida B. Robinson was an American Pentecostal-Holiness and Charismatic denominational leader. She was the founder, first Senior Bishop and President of the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc. ...more

Thomas Frederick Price is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Thomas Frederick Price Thomas Frederick Price was the American co-founder of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, better known as the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

James Edward Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Edward Walsh James Edward Walsh was an American Roman Catholic priest and a bishop in China. He was a member of the Maryknoll order, and a missionary in China.

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Tor Berger Jørgensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Tor Berger Jørgensen Tor Berger Jørgensen is the Bishop of the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland in the Church of Norway. Jørgensen was named the new bishop of Sør-Hålogaland on 17 ...more

Henry Compton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Henry Compton Henry Compton was the Bishop of London from 1675 to 1713.

George Carey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bishops
George Carey George Leonard Carey, Baron Carey of Clifton PC FRSA FKC is a retired Anglican bishop who was the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002. During his time as archbishop the Church of England ...more

Gregorio Aglipay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Gregorio Aglipay Gregorio Aglipay Cruz y Labayan was a former Catholic priest who became the first head of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, an independent Catholic Church in the form of a national church in ...more

Peter Böhler is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Peter Böhler Petrus Böhler or Peter Boehler was a German-born Moravian missionary and bishop who was influential in the Moravian Church in the Americas and England during the eighteenth century. ...more

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Richard Harries, Baron Harries... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Richard Harries, Baron Harries of Pentregarth Richard Douglas Harries, Baron Harries of Pentregarth, FRSL is a retired bishop of the Church of England and former British Army officer. He was the 41st Bishop of Oxford from 1987 to 2006. ...more

Edsel Albert Ammons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Edsel Albert Ammons Edsel Albert Ammons was an American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1976.

Benjamin W. Arnett is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Benjamin W. Arnett Benjamin W. Arnett was an African-American educator, minister, bishop and elected official. He was born a free man in 1838 in Brownsville, Pennsylvania, where he taught school from 1859 to 1867. ...more

Brian Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Brian Smith Brian Arthur Smith was the Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church. Smith was born in Edinburgh and educated at George Heriot's School, Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, ...more

Charles E. Blake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Charles E. Blake Bishop Charles Edward Blake Sr. serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc., a 6 million-member Pentecostal-Holiness denomination. On March 21, 2007, he became the ...more

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Robert Leighton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Robert Leighton Robert Leighton was a Scottish prelate and scholar, best known as a church minister, Bishop of Dunblane, Archbishop of Glasgow, and Principal of the University of Edinburgh from 1653 to 1662. He ...more

Saint Nicholas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Saint Nicholas Saint Nicholas;, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known ...more

Carolyn Tanner Irish is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Carolyn Tanner Irish Carolyn Tanner Irish is a retired American bishop. She was the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. At the time of her election and consecration in 1996 she became the fourth woman in ...more

Eric Gowing is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Eric Gowing Eric Austin Gowing was the seventh Anglican Bishop of Auckland. His Episcopate spanned a long period during the second half of the 20th century. Born in Sydney he was educated at North Sydney ...more

J.O. Patterson, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bishops

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Donnie Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Donnie Williams Bishop Donnie Williams, is an American martial artist, author, actor, bishop and Senior Pastor of The Family Church International. Donnie Williams was one of the four skilled martial artist, ...more

Richard Williamson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Richard Williamson Richard Nelson Williamson is an English traditionalist Catholic self-styled bishop who opposes the changes in the Catholic Church brought about by the Second Vatican Council. He was originally a ...more

Peter Hollingworth is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Peter Hollingworth Peter John Hollingworth AC, OBE is an Australian retired Anglican bishop. Engaged in social work for several decades, he served as the Archbishop of Brisbane for 11 years from 1989 and was the ...more

Randy White is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Randy White Randy Alan White is a philanthropist/activist. He is co-founder of Without Walls International Church; a large, influential, non-denominational, charismatic church with in Florida. He retired ...more

Øystein Ingar Larsen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Øystein Ingar Larsen Øystein Ingar Larsen was Bishop of the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland from 1992 to 2006. Larsen grew up in Høyenhall in Aker. He received his cand.theol. degree at the MF ...more

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George Pell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bishops
George Pell George Pell AC is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. He previously served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney, ...more

José Bezerra Coutinho is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bishops
José Bezerra Coutinho José Bezerra Coutinho was a Brazilian bishop of the Roman Catholic Church. At the age of 98, he was the sixth-oldest bishop in the Catholic Church and oldest Brazilian bishop. Coutinho ...more

Clement of Dunblane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Clement of Dunblane Clement was a 13th-century Dominican friar who was the first member of the Dominican Order in Britain and Ireland to become a bishop. In 1233, he was selected to lead the ailing diocese of ...more

Filippo Gibbone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Filippo Gibbone Filippo Gibbone served as a bishop in Naples, Italy, and become famous for a book he wrote on Saint Antonino Abate. It was published in 1885, and official name was, "Vita del santo abate ...more

James Bruce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bishops
James Bruce James Bruce was a 15th-century cleric who was bishop of Dunkeld, Chancellor of Scotland, and bishop of Glasgow. He was the son of one Robert Bruce, a middling landowner in Clackmannanshire. He ...more

John de Carrick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bishops
John de Carrick John de Carrick, a native of Carrick, Scotland, was a 14th-century Chancellor of Scotland and Bishop-elect of Dunkeld. Although John's exact origins are obscure, he seems to have come from a ...more

Eusebius is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bishops
Eusebius Eusebius of Caesarea, also known as Eusebius Pamphili, was a Roman historian, exegete, and Christian polemicist of Greek descent. He became the bishop of Caesarea about 314. Together with ...more

Nikolai Plovdiv is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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