Spirituality and religion go hand in hand and yet are most diverse from each other. While religion restricts human to a particular belief and a way of worship, spirituality frees the soul and gives him/her the liberty to connect with the transcendental force without following any routine, procedure or theory. Though we may argue that the world is going under the pit with each passing day, thanks to the rise in violence, hatred and insanity, there, however, have been leaders who are safeguarding the globe and shaping the mind and spirit of humans. It is to these religious and spiritual leaders that we must owe our existence. Their power of positivity and love have influenced and touched the life of many. Like every country in the world, America has its own list of religious and spiritual leaders who have deeply influenced the life of not just Americans but people all over. Francis George, Peter Morales, John Taylor, George Storrs, James Freeman Clarke, Harold Klemp and George B Bacon are some of America’s religious and spiritual leaders. Browse through this section and discover the life and works of famous American spiritual and religious leaders.
Ram DassRam Dass
06 April 1931
Spiritual Teacher
Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897
Religious Leader

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933

David KoreshDavid Koresh
17 August 1959
Religious Leader

David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige
30 April 1960
Leader of the Church of Scientology

Brigham Young Brigham Young
01 June 1801
Second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Russell M. NelsonRussell M. Nelson
09 September 1924
Religious Leader, Surgeon

Leigh Taylor-YoungLeigh Taylor-Young
25 January 1945

Charles Taze RussellCharles Taze Russell
16 February 1852
Christian Restoration Minister
Rick WarrenRick Warren
28 January 1954

Menachem Mendel SchneersonMenachem Mendel Schneerson
18 April 1902
Mary Baker EddyMary Baker Eddy
16 July 1821
Religious Leader

Thomas Spencer MonsonThomas S. Monson
21 August 1927

Gordon B. HinckleyGordon B. Hinckley
23 June 1910
Religious Leader

Frances Xavier CabriniFrances Xavier Cabrini
15 July 1850

Adi DaAdi Da
03 November 1939
Founder of Adidam
Theodore HesburghTheodore Hesburgh
25 May 1917
15th President of the University of Notre Dame

Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik
27 February 1903

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

Archibald AlexanderArchibald Alexander
17 April 1772
American theologian
Arlyn PhoenixArlyn Phoenix
31 December 1944

Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki
22 April 1971
Marshall ApplewhiteMarshall Applewhite
17 May 1931
Religious leader

Bernice KingBernice King
28 March 1963

Charles StanleyCharles Stanley
25 September 1932
Pastor, Radio personality
Ellen G. WhiteEllen G. White
26 November 1827

Kent HovindKent Hovind
15 January 1953

Meir KahaneMeir Kahane
01 August 1932
Politician, Rabbi, Journalist

Father DamienFather Damien
03 January 1840
Elizabeth Ann SetonElizabeth Ann Seton
28 August 1774
Teacher, Abbé, Memoirist, Nun

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Robert JeffressRobert Jeffress
29 November 1955
Religious leader
Father YodFather Yod
04 July 1922

Timothy M. DolanTimothy M. Dolan
06 February 1950
Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest

Prem RawatPrem Rawat
10 December 1957

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
07 December 1950
Spiritual Leader
J. Z. KnightJ. Z. Knight
16 March 1946
Psychic, Writer
Mother AngelicaMother Angelica
20 April 1923

Oliver CowderyOliver Cowdery
03 October 1806

Wilma MankillerWilma Mankiller
18 November 1945
Author, Writer, Tribal chief

Michael BeckwithMichael Beckwith
1956 AD
Increase MatherIncrease Mather
21 June 1639

Ezra Taft BensonEzra Taft Benson
04 August 1899
Religious Leader

Joseph Franklin RutherfordJoseph Franklin Rutherford
08 November 1869
Lawyer, Judge

Joseph F. SmithJoseph F. Smith
13 November 1838
Political leader

Shmuley BoteachShmuley Boteach
19 November 1966
Writer, Theologian, Rabbi
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

Bob LarsonBob Larson
28 May 1944
Television evangelist
John Dominic CrossanJohn Dominic Crossan
17 February 1934

Leonidas PolkLeonidas Polk
10 April 1806

Wilford WoodruffWilford Woodruff
01 March 1807
Religious leader
Thomas HookerThomas Hooker
05 July 1586

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
29 November 1908
David O. McKayDavid O. McKay
08 September 1873
Religious Leader

1856 AD
Religious leader

William Ellery ChanningWilliam Ellery Channing
07 April 1780

Angela Warnick BuchdahlAngela Warnick Buchdahl
08 July 1972

James StrangJames Strang
21 March 1813
Nate SaintNate Saint
30 August 1923

Minnie VautrinMinnie Vautrin
27 September 1886

Sidney RigdonSidney Rigdon
19 February 1793
Religious Leader

Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729
Lorenzo SnowLorenzo Snow
03 April 1814
Political Leader

Paul WeyrichPaul Weyrich
07 October 1942
Alexander CrummellAlexander Crummell
03 March 1819

Paul MarcinkusPaul Marcinkus
15 January 1922

Edward EganEdward Egan
02 April 1932
John Humphrey NoyesJohn Humphrey Noyes
03 September 1811

Francis AsburyFrancis Asbury
20 August 1745
Katharine Jefferts SchoriKatharine Jefferts Schori
26 March 1954

Moshe FeinsteinMoshe Feinstein
03 March 1895
Theologian, Rabbi, Philosopher

Marc GafniMarc Gafni
1960 AD
rabbi, writer
1750 AD

Stephen Samuel WiseStephen Samuel Wise
17 March 1874
Suhaib WebbSuhaib Webb
29 June 1972

Daya MataDaya Mata
31 January 1914
Religious Leader

John Gresham MachenJohn Gresham Machen
28 July 1881

Philip KapleauPhilip Kapleau
20 August 1912
Religious Teacher
John WoolmanJohn Woolman
19 October 1720
Religious leader
James Augustine HealyJames Augustine Healy
06 April 1830
Religious leader

1800 AD
tribal chief

Antoinette Brown BlackwellAntoinette Brown Blackwell
20 May 1825
Protestant minister

Mother Mary AlphonsaMother Mary Alphonsa
20 May 1851
Eliza R. SnowEliza R. Snow
21 January 1804

Jacob NeusnerJacob Neusner
28 July 1932

Gideon BlackburnGideon Blackburn
27 August 1772

Eleazar WheelockEleazar Wheelock
22 April 1711

Troy PerryTroy Perry
27 July 1940
Religious Leader
John McCloskeyJohn McCloskey
10 March 1810

Richard G. ScottRichard G. Scott
07 November 1928
Nuclear engineer
W. Wallace SmithW. Wallace Smith
18 November 1900

Robert BarclayRobert Barclay
23 December 1648
Theologian, Writer
Richard MatherRichard Mather
1596 AD
Feisal Abdul RaufFeisal Abdul Rauf
23 October 1948