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 MiscavigeDavid Miscavige
30 April 1960
Leader of the Church of Scientology
David KoreshDavid Koresh
17 August 1959
Religious Leader

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897
Religious Leader

Ram DassRam Dass
06 April 1931
Spiritual Teacher

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
Actress

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

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

Archibald AlexanderArchibald Alexander
17 April 1772
American theologian

Marshall ApplewhiteMarshall Applewhite
17 May 1931
Religious leader
Bernice KingBernice King
28 March 1968
Minister

Arlyn PhoenixArlyn Phoenix
31 December 1944
 
Wallace Fard MuhammadWallace Fard Muhammad
26 February 1877
American religious leader

Charles StanleyCharles Stanley
25 September 1932
Pastor, Radio personality

Anwar al-AwlakiAnwar al-Awlaki
22 April 1971
Engineer
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.
29 November 1908
Politician

Wilton D. GregoryWilton D. Gregory
07 December 1947
Religious leader
CochiseCochise
 

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

Meir KahaneMeir Kahane
01 August 1932
Politician, Rabbi, Journalist
Kent HovindKent Hovind
15 January 1953
Evangelist

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Robert JeffressRobert Jeffress
29 November 1955
Religious leader
Timothy M. DolanTimothy M. Dolan
06 February 1950
Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest

William MillerWilliam Miller
15 February 1782
theologian

Radhanath SwamiRadhanath Swami
07 December 1950
Spiritual Leader

Mother AngelicaMother Angelica
20 April 1923
Nun
Prem RawatPrem Rawat
10 December 1957
Writer
Mordechai Yissachar Ber LeiferMordechai Yissachar Ber Leifer
21 December 1955
Rabbi

Oliver CowderyOliver Cowdery
03 October 1806
 

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

Ezra Taft BensonEzra Taft Benson
04 August 1899
Religious Leader
John BirchJohn Birch
08 May 1918
 

Shmuley BoteachShmuley Boteach
19 November 1966
Writer, Theologian, Rabbi

J. C. WattsJ. C. Watts
18 November 1957
Politician

TenskwatawaTenskwatawa
31 December 1775
Political leader

Father YodFather Yod
04 July 1922
 
Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729
Bishop

Increase MatherIncrease Mather
21 June 1639
Clergyman
Joseph Franklin RutherfordJoseph Franklin Rutherford
08 November 1869
Lawyer, Judge

John CarrollJohn Carroll
08 January 1735
Catholic priest

Michael BeckwithMichael Beckwith
1956 AD
Author
Leonidas PolkLeonidas Polk
10 April 1806
Bishop

St. Katharine DrexelSt. Katharine Drexel
26 November 1858
Philanthropist
Gene RobinsonGene Robinson
29 May 1947
Bishop

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

Richard AllenRichard Allen
14 February 1760
Minister

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

Paul WeyrichPaul Weyrich
07 October 1942
Journalist
Hannah Emerson DustonHannah Emerson Duston
23 December 1657
Protestant

John Dominic CrossanJohn Dominic Crossan
17 February 1934
Theologian

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

Moshe FeinsteinMoshe Feinstein
03 March 1895
Theologian, Rabbi, Philosopher
Thomas HookerThomas Hooker
05 July 1586
Preacher

James StrangJames Strang
21 March 1813
Politician
BhaktipadaBhaktipada
06 September 1937
Guru

WovokaWovoka
1856 AD
Religious leader

Bob LarsonBob Larson
28 May 1944
Television evangelist
Wilford WoodruffWilford Woodruff
01 March 1807
Religious leader

David O. McKayDavid O. McKay
08 September 1873
Religious Leader
Joseph BernardinJoseph Bernardin
02 April 1928
Priest

Paul MarcinkusPaul Marcinkus
15 January 1922
Archbishop

John Humphrey NoyesJohn Humphrey Noyes
03 September 1811
Preacher
Minnie VautrinMinnie Vautrin
27 September 1886
Missionary

John Joseph Cardinal O'ConnorJohn Joseph Cardinal O'Connor
15 January 1920
Chaplain
Sidney RigdonSidney Rigdon
19 February 1793
Religious Leader

Nate SaintNate Saint
30 August 1923
Aviator

Angela Warnick BuchdahlAngela Warnick Buchdahl
08 July 1972
Rabbi

Lorenzo SnowLorenzo Snow
03 April 1814
Political Leader
Avery DullesAvery Dulles
24 August 1918
Theologian
Joseph BatesJoseph Bates
08 July 1792
sailor, preacher

Francis Eugene Cardinal GeorgeFrancis Eugene Cardinal George
16 January 1937
Archbishop

The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.The Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr.
01 June 1924
Chaplain

Suhaib WebbSuhaib Webb
29 June 1972
 
CornplanterCornplanter
1750 AD
politician

Howard FinsterHoward Finster
02 December 1916
Artist

Katharine Jefferts SchoriKatharine Jefferts Schori
26 March 1954
Bishop

Edward EganEdward Egan
02 April 1932
Bishop

Gideon BlackburnGideon Blackburn
27 August 1772
Evangelist
PopéPopé
1630 AD
Tewa Religious leader

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan
11 June 1881
Rabbi
Daya MataDaya Mata
31 January 1914
Religious Leader

Ganioda'yoGanioda'yo
1735 AD
Religious leader
WashakieWashakie
1800 AD
tribal chief
Henry Highland GarnetHenry Highland Garnet
23 December 1815
Minister