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

David KoreshDavid Koresh
17 August 1959
Religious Leader

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933

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

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

Charles StanleyCharles Stanley
25 September 1932
Pastor, Radio personality
Marshall ApplewhiteMarshall Applewhite
17 May 1931
Religious leader

Ellen G. WhiteEllen G. White
26 November 1827

Robert JeffressRobert Jeffress
29 November 1955
Religious leader

Megan Phelps-RoperMegan Phelps-Roper
31 January 1986
Religious activist
Bernice KingBernice King
28 March 1963

Father DamienFather Damien
03 January 1840

Meir KahaneMeir Kahane
01 August 1932
Politician, Rabbi, Journalist

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
07 December 1950
Spiritual Leader
Elizabeth Ann SetonElizabeth Ann Seton
28 August 1774
Teacher, Abbé, Memoirist, Nun

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

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

Increase MatherIncrease Mather
21 June 1639

Thomas HookerThomas Hooker
05 July 1586
Father YodFather Yod
04 July 1922

Ezra Taft BensonEzra Taft Benson
04 August 1899
Religious Leader
Joseph Franklin RutherfordJoseph Franklin Rutherford
08 November 1869
Lawyer, Judge

Michael BeckwithMichael Beckwith
1956 AD

Joseph F. SmithJoseph F. Smith
13 November 1838
Political leader
J. Z. KnightJ. Z. Knight
16 March 1946
Psychic, Writer

Bob LarsonBob Larson
28 May 1944
Television evangelist
John Humphrey NoyesJohn Humphrey Noyes
03 September 1811

Leonidas PolkLeonidas Polk
10 April 1806

Shmuley BoteachShmuley Boteach
19 November 1966
Writer, Theologian, Rabbi

John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

Wilford WoodruffWilford Woodruff
01 March 1807
Religious leader
David O. McKayDavid O. McKay
08 September 1873
Religious Leader

Oliver CowderyOliver Cowdery
03 October 1806

Paul MarcinkusPaul Marcinkus
15 January 1922

Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729
James StrangJames Strang
21 March 1813

Angela Warnick BuchdahlAngela Warnick Buchdahl
08 July 1972
John Dominic CrossanJohn Dominic Crossan
17 February 1934

William Ellery ChanningWilliam Ellery Channing
07 April 1780

1856 AD
Religious leader
Sidney RigdonSidney Rigdon
19 February 1793
Religious Leader

Lorenzo SnowLorenzo Snow
03 April 1814
Political Leader
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
29 November 1908

Edward EganEdward Egan
02 April 1932

Suhaib WebbSuhaib Webb
29 June 1972
Minnie VautrinMinnie Vautrin
27 September 1886

Paul WeyrichPaul Weyrich
07 October 1942
Francis AsburyFrancis Asbury
20 August 1745

Katharine Jefferts SchoriKatharine Jefferts Schori
26 March 1954

Moshe FeinsteinMoshe Feinstein
03 March 1895
Theologian, Rabbi, Philosopher

Nate SaintNate Saint
30 August 1923
1750 AD
1800 AD
tribal chief

John Gresham MachenJohn Gresham Machen
28 July 1881

Richard G. ScottRichard G. Scott
07 November 1928
Nuclear engineer

Marc GafniMarc Gafni
1960 AD
rabbi, writer
Robert BarclayRobert Barclay
23 December 1648
Theologian, Writer

Sheyann WebbSheyann Webb
17 February 1956

Jemima WilkinsonJemima Wilkinson
29 November 1752
Religious leader

William MillerWilliam Miller
15 February 1782

John CarrollJohn Carroll
08 January 1735
Catholic priest
Timothy Joseph LyneTimothy Joseph Lyne
21 March 1919
Catholic priest

Bernard Joseph McLaughlinBernard Joseph McLaughlin
19 November 1912
University teacher, Catholic priest
Wilton D. GregoryWilton D. Gregory
07 December 1947
Religious leader

John BirchJohn Birch
08 May 1918

Bernard Ferdinand PoppBernard Ferdinand Popp
06 December 1917
Catholic priest
St. Katharine DrexelSt. Katharine Drexel
26 November 1858

Innocent LotockyInnocent Lotocky
03 November 1915
Joseph BatesJoseph Bates
08 July 1792
sailor, preacher

Joseph Smith, IIIJoseph Smith, III
06 November 1832
Religious leader

Francis Eugene Cardinal GeorgeFrancis Eugene Cardinal George
16 January 1937

Hannah Emerson DustonHannah Emerson Duston
23 December 1657
06 September 1937

Barnett Robert BricknerBarnett Robert Brickner
14 September 1892