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.
David KoreshDavid Koresh
17 August 1959
Religious Leader
Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897
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

Ram DassRam Dass
06 April 1931
Spiritual Teacher

Russell M. NelsonRussell M. Nelson
09 September 1924
Religious Leader, Surgeon
Leigh Taylor-YoungLeigh Taylor-Young
25 January 1945
Actress

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
Rabbi

Mary Baker EddyMary Baker Eddy
16 July 1821
Religious Leader
Frances Xavier CabriniFrances Xavier Cabrini
15 July 1850
Nun

Thomas Spencer MonsonThomas S. Monson
21 August 1927
 

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

Theodore HesburghTheodore Hesburgh
25 May 1917
15th President of the University of Notre Dame

Adi DaAdi Da
03 November 1939
Founder of Adidam
Joseph B. SoloveitchikJoseph B. Soloveitchik
27 February 1903
Rabbi

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

Archibald AlexanderArchibald Alexander
17 April 1772
American theologian

Bernice KingBernice King
28 March 1963
Actress
Wallace Fard MuhammadWallace Fard Muhammad
26 February 1877
American religious leader

Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki
22 April 1971
Engineer
Charles StanleyCharles Stanley
25 September 1932
Pastor, Radio personality

Arlyn PhoenixArlyn Phoenix
31 December 1944
 

Marshall ApplewhiteMarshall Applewhite
17 May 1931
Religious leader
Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729
Bishop

CochiseCochise
 
Kent HovindKent Hovind
15 January 1953
Evangelist

Leonidas PolkLeonidas Polk
10 April 1806
Bishop

Robert JeffressRobert Jeffress
29 November 1955
Religious leader
Meir KahaneMeir Kahane
01 August 1932
Politician, Rabbi, Journalist

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J. C. Watts, Jr.J. C. Watts
18 November 1957
Politician
Timothy M. DolanTimothy M. Dolan
06 February 1950
Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
07 December 1950
Spiritual Leader

Mother AngelicaMother Angelica
20 April 1923
Nun

Ezra Taft BensonEzra Taft Benson
04 August 1899
Religious Leader
Prem RawatPrem Rawat
10 December 1957
Writer
James StrangJames Strang
21 March 1813
Politician

Elizabeth Ann SetonElizabeth Ann Seton
28 August 1774
Teacher, Abbé, Memoirist, Nun

J. Z. KnightJ. Z. Knight
16 March 1946
Psychic, Writer

Michael BeckwithMichael Beckwith
1956 AD
Author
Increase MatherIncrease Mather
21 June 1639
Clergyman

Joseph Franklin RutherfordJoseph Franklin Rutherford
08 November 1869
Lawyer, Judge

Simone CampbellSimone Campbell
22 October 1945
Religious sister

Father YodFather Yod
04 July 1922
 

Shmuley BoteachShmuley Boteach
19 November 1966
Writer, Theologian, Rabbi
Joseph F. SmithJoseph F. Smith
13 November 1838
Political leader

Paul WeyrichPaul Weyrich
07 October 1942
Journalist
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

TenskwatawaTenskwatawa
31 December 1775
Political leader

Wilford WoodruffWilford Woodruff
01 March 1807
Religious leader
John Dominic CrossanJohn Dominic Crossan
17 February 1934
Theologian

David O. McKayDavid O. McKay
08 September 1873
Religious Leader
WovokaWovoka
1856 AD
Religious leader

Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
29 May 1947
Bishop

Bob LarsonBob Larson
28 May 1944
Television evangelist

Oliver CowderyOliver Cowdery
03 October 1806
 

Thomas HookerThomas Hooker
05 July 1586
Preacher
Joseph BernardinJoseph Bernardin
02 April 1928
Priest

Lorenzo SnowLorenzo Snow
03 April 1814
Political Leader

Minnie VautrinMinnie Vautrin
27 September 1886
Missionary

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
29 November 1908
Politician
Sidney RigdonSidney Rigdon
19 February 1793
Religious Leader

CornplanterCornplanter
1750 AD
politician
Paul MarcinkusPaul Marcinkus
15 January 1922
Archbishop

Moshe FeinsteinMoshe Feinstein
03 March 1895
Theologian, Rabbi, Philosopher

Katharine Jefferts SchoriKatharine Jefferts Schori
26 March 1954
Bishop
Angela Warnick BuchdahlAngela Warnick Buchdahl
08 July 1972
Rabbi

Archbishop Iakovos of AmericaArchbishop Iakovos of America
29 July 1911
Archbishop
Henry Highland GarnetHenry Highland Garnet
23 December 1815
Minister

Nate SaintNate Saint
30 August 1923
Aviator

WashakieWashakie
1800 AD
tribal chief
Stephen Samuel WiseStephen Samuel Wise
17 March 1874
Rabbi

PopéPopé
1630 AD
Tewa Religious leader
John WoolmanJohn Woolman
19 October 1720
Religious leader

Francis AsburyFrancis Asbury
20 August 1745
Bishop

Avery DullesAvery Dulles
24 August 1918
Theologian

Sheyann WebbSheyann Webb
17 February 1956
Author
John Humphrey NoyesJohn Humphrey Noyes
03 September 1811
Preacher
Suhaib WebbSuhaib Webb
29 June 1972
 

Howard FinsterHoward Finster
02 December 1916
Artist

William Ellery ChanningWilliam Ellery Channing
07 April 1780
Preacher

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 June 1881
Rabbi
Phineas Parkhurst QuimbyPhineas Parkhurst Quimby
16 February 1802
Clockmaker

Edward EganEdward Egan
02 April 1932
Bishop

Daya MataDaya Mata
31 January 1914
Religious Leader

Alexander CrummellAlexander Crummell
03 March 1819
Minister

John Gresham MachenJohn Gresham Machen
28 July 1881
Theologian
Eliza R. SnowEliza R. Snow
21 January 1804
Poet

Philip KapleauPhilip Kapleau
20 August 1912
Religious Teacher
Eleazar WheelockEleazar Wheelock
22 April 1711
Educator

Gideon BlackburnGideon Blackburn
27 August 1772
Evangelist
Troy PerryTroy Perry
27 July 1940
Religious Leader
Jacob NeusnerJacob Neusner
28 July 1932
Academic