Famous Black Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 T. B. Joshua

T. B. Joshua
Famous As: Televangelist, Faith Healer
Birthdate: June 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Arigidi, Nigeria
Died: June 5, 2021

Nigerian charismatic pastor, televangelist, and philanthropist T. B. Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN). He is extremely popular across Africa and Latin America, and his YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, has over a million subscribers. He is considered one of the most influential people from Africa and is the recipient of several awards. 

 2 Bernice King

Bernice King
Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

 3 Stella Immanuel

Stella Immanuel
Famous As: Physician, writer
Birthdate: 1965 AD
Birthplace: Cameroon

 4 Enoch Adeboye

Enoch Adeboye
Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria

Better known as Daddy Go, Nigerian pastor Enoch Adeboye serves the Redeemed Christian Church of God and has millions of followers. However, the media has often called out his sexist attitude, reflected in his social-media posts, one of which advised men to marry only women who could cook.

 5 John Sentamu

John Sentamu
Famous As: Politician, Priest, Cleric
Birthdate: June 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kampala

Born in Uganda, John Sentamu was a Supreme Court lawyer in his country before he fled to the U.K., having faced jail for criticizing President Idi Amin. He later devoted himself to theology and became the Archbishop of York, thus also becoming first black Archbishop of Britain.

 6 J. C. Watts

J. C. Watts
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eufaula, Oklahoma, United States

J. C. Watts is an American politician, athlete, and clergyman. A multi-talented man, Watts played professional football in the Canadian Football League. From 1995 to 2003, he served as a Republican in the United States House of Representatives, representing Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District. 

 7 Wilton D. Gregory

Wilton D. Gregory
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Wilton D. Gregory, the Archbishop of Washington, is widely known as the first African-American cardinal. He had aspired to become a priest even before being baptized at age 11. One of his greatest contributions was his efforts to counter incidents of child sex abuse within the church.

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 8 Wovoka

Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: 1856 AD
Birthplace: Smith Valley, Nevada, U.S.
Died: September 29, 1932

Native American leader Jack Wilson, or Wovoka, was the man behind the cult of the Ghost Dance. He believed the dance was a way through which the living Native Americans could unite with the spirits of their dead ancestors and make them fight on their behalf to drive out the Whites.

 9 Francis Arinze

Francis Arinze
Famous As: Theologian, University teacher, Catholic priest
Birthdate: November 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onitsha

 10 Peter Turkson

Peter Turkson
Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: October 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wassaw Nsuta, Western Ghana

Peter Turkson is a Ghanaian cardinal of the Catholic Church. From 2009 to 2017, he was president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In 2017, he became the first Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development.  Pope John Paul II made Turkson a cardinal in 2003, and he is widely regarded as papabile. 

 11 John Chilembwe

John Chilembwe
Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 31, 1871
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chiradzulu, Malawi
Died: February 3, 1915

 12 Janani Luwum

Janani Luwum
Famous As: Archbishops
Birthdate: 1922 AD
Birthplace: Kitgum, Uganda
Died: February 17, 1977

 13 Abune Paulos

Abune Paulos
Famous As: Ethiopian patriarch for Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (1992-2012)
Birthdate: November 3, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Adwa, Ethiopia
Died: August 16, 2012

Ethiopian religious leader Abune Paulos, who led the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church for 2 decades, began his journey as a trainee deacon in his youth. He later joined the doctoral program at the Princeton Theological Seminary. His humanitarian work earned him a Nansen Medal from the UNCHR.

 14 Simon Kimbangu

Simon Kimbangu
Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: September 12, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nkamba, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Died: October 12, 1951

 15 Malidoma Patrice Somé

Malidoma Patrice Somé
Famous As: West African writer and workshop leader, primarily in the field of spirituality
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: Dano, Burkina Faso

 16 Peter Akinola

Peter Akinola
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: January 27, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria

 17 Fred Luter, Jr.

Fred Luter, Jr.
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: November 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

 18 Sarah Ann Gill

Sarah Ann Gill
Famous As: Social and Religious leader in Barbados during the era of slavery
Birthdate: February 16, 1795
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barbados
Died: February 25, 1866

 19 Alysa Stanton

Alysa Stanton
Famous As: Rabbi
Birthdate: August 2, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 20 Bernard Mizeki

Bernard Mizeki
Famous As: Religious Leader
Birthdate: 1861 AD
Birthplace: Portuguese Mozambique
Died: June 18, 1896

 21 Emmanuel Oshoffa

Emmanuel Oshoffa
Famous As: Pastor and Spiritual head
Birthdate: December 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Porto-Novo, Benin

 22 Arnold Josiah Ford

Arnold Josiah Ford
Famous As: Spiritual leader, recognized as a pioneering figure of the Black Hebrew movement
Birthdate: April 23, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barbados Island, Barbados
Died: September 16, 1935

 23 Mai Chaza

Mai Chaza
Famous As: Church leader
Birthdate: 1914 AD
Birthplace: Buhera, Zimbabwe
Died: December 26, 1960

 24 Alexandre José Maria dos Santos

Alexandre José Maria dos Santos
Famous As: Cardinals
Birthdate: March 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zavala, Mozambique
Died: September 29, 2021

 25 Philippe Ouédraogo

Philippe Ouédraogo
Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: January 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Konéan Burkina Faso

 26 Thomas Kilgore, Jr.

Thomas Kilgore, Jr.
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: February 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Woodruff, South Carolina, United States
Died: February 4, 1998

 27 Ririkumutima

Famous As: Queen Regent of Burundi
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Kingdom of Burundi
Died: July 28, 1917