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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 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, 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, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Charles Harrison Mason is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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
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 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 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 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
Philippe de Vitry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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 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 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 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 was an American Roman Catholic priest and a bishop in China. He was a member of the Maryknoll order, and a missionary in China.
Tor Berger Jørgensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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 was the Bishop of London from 1675 to 1713.
George Carey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bishops
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