List of Famous Pastors

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This list of famous pastors and the best preachers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top pastors in the world? This includes the most prominent preachers of all faiths and famous Christian pastors, living and dead, both from America and abroad (if you're looking for famous children of pastors, we have that too). This list of popular preachers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted based on whatever information you're looking for, such as where these popular pastors were born and what their nationality is. The top preachers on this list are from different countries, but all share their status as renowned pastors and famous reverends.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different people, with great pastors including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fred Phelps (who both happen to be noted American preachers). Many are regarded as the most influential pastors and all are known for leading their followers to pursue their faith and gain a deeper understanding of their beliefs and tenets. This list includes pastors from all different backgrounds, like black preachers, Baptist preachers, and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pastors to the lesser known ministers and preachers of today, these are some of the best religious leaders of both today and years gone by. Who are the most famous pastors ever? Who are the most famous Christian preachers? Peruse the list below to find out!

Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pastors
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William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well-known internationally in the late 1940s. One of his biographers has placed him "among the most influential Christian leaders" of the 20th century.As a preacher, he held large indoor and outdoor rallies with sermons that were broadcast on radio and television; some were still being re-broadcast into the 21st century. In his six decades on television, Graham hosted annual "Crusades", evangelistic campaigns that ran from 1947 until his retirement in 2005. He also hosted the radio show Hour of Decision ...more on Wikipedia

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pastors
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Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister. Robertson advocates a conservative Christian ideology and is known for his past activities in Republican party politics. He is associated with the Charismatic Movement within Protestant evangelicalism. He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). He appears daily on The 700 Club, CBN’s flagship television program. On Robertson's own account, he was not a serious Christian until he underwent personal difficulty. He graduated near the ...more on Wikipedia

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Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pastors
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Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire. King led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and in 1957 became the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). With the SCLC, he led an unsuccessful 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, Georgia, and helped organize the nonviolent 1963 ...more on Wikipedia

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Joel Osteen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pastors
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Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen's televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries.He is the author of ten books which have been ranked number one on The New York Times Best Seller list. ...more on Wikipedia

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