Pastors

‘Pastor’ in Latin means, ‘shepherd’, so in layman’s terms, a pastor is one who takes care of his or her ‘flock’ or looks after a particular congregation apart from carrying out other services of the church. They are also the ordained leaders and speakers of large Christian congregations and churches. Although the terms ‘pastors’ and ‘preachers’ are used interchangeably, there is vast difference between the two. While preachers convey sermons and other discourses to a large audience, they are not directly involved in managing and caring for the people they preach to. However, the role of a pastor includes that of a preacher and he/she is also involved in caring for the people of the church. The title of a pastor is usually given to an individual who has obtained a degree in religious studies or theology and is thus, an official role in the church, unlike preachers, who are known more for their oratory qualities. Apart from carrying out pastoral duties and looking after their role in the church, pastors are also involved with executing community-related functions. While pastors may be preachers, not all preachers become pastors. Here is a list of famous pastors. Go through their biographies, which include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: April 9, 1945
Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer is remembered for his anti-Nazi stance, for establishing the Confessing Church, and for authoring the book The Cost of Discipleship. He was sent to the Flossenbürg concentration camp after being imprisoned for a year. He was eventually hanged after being charged of plotting to assassinate Hitler.

 2 Charles Stanley

Charles Stanley
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Famous As: Pastor, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Pastor of the First Baptist Church Charles Stanley had also established In Touch Ministries. A born-again Christian since age 12, he later gained fame with his show In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley, which was translated into 107 languages. He has also penned countless books on religion.
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 3 Paula White

Paula White
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States

 4 Ted Haggard

Ted Haggard
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Famous As: Pastor, Priest, Preacher
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorktown
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 5 Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta

 6 Francis Chan

Francis Chan
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Famous As: Theologian, Author
Birthdate: August 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong
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 7 John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell
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Famous As: Writer, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: February 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Garden City
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 8 John Hagee

John Hagee
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Famous As: Pastor, Theologian, Saxophonist
Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baytown
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 9 Benny Hinn

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Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jaffa

Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn gained fame with his Miracle Crusades held in stadiums across major cities and broadcast worldwide on his show This Is Your Day. He incorrectly predicted twice that the world would end. He has also authored several books, such as Lord, I Need a Miracle.

 10 Huldrych Zwingli

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: January 1, 1484
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wildhaus, Switzerland
Died: October 11, 1531

Huldrych Zwingli was a Swiss pastor who played an important role in the Protestant Reformation in Switzerland. Also a well-known scholar and humanist, Zwingli was popular with the masses. Although he is remembered as a stern reformer, he had a great sense of humor; he often used puns, satiric fables, and spoofing in his writings.

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 11 David Jeremiah

David Jeremiah
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: February 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

 12 David Wilkerson

David Wilkerson
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: May 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hammond, Indiana, USA
Died: April 27, 2011
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 13 Paul Washer

Paul Washer
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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: United States of America

 14 Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll
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Famous As: Pastor, Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grand Forks

 15 Robert Jeffress

Robert Jeffress
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Texas

Best known as a senior pastor of the Dallas-based First Baptist Church, Robert Jeffress is also a major Fox News contributor. He boasts of multiple theological degrees and is married to his high-school sweetheart, Amy. He has reached millions through his religious program Pathway to Victory.

 16 Adrian Rogers

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Palm Beach
Died: November 15, 2005
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 17 Craig Groeschel

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Birthdate: December 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Houston

 18 Alistair Begg

Alistair Begg
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Famous As: author
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Glasgow
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 19 Charles R. Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll
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Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: El Campo

 20 Tullian Tchividjian

Tullian Tchividjian
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Birthdate: July 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jacksonville
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 21 Jesse Duplantis

Jesse Duplantis
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Famous As: Herder
Birthdate: July 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans

 22 Greg Laurie

Greg Laurie
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: December 10, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach
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 23 Mike Murdock

Mike Murdock
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lake Charles

 24 D. James Kennedy

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: November 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 5, 2007
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 25 Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 4, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: America

 26 Reuben Archer Torrey

Reuben Archer Torrey
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Birthdate: January 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 26, 1928

 27 Jaroslav Pelikan

Jaroslav Pelikan
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 17, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: May 13, 2006

 28 Kaj Munk

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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: January 13, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lolland, Denmark
Died: January 4, 1944
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 29 John F. MacArthur

John F. MacArthur
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 30 Becky Fischer

Becky Fischer
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Famous As: theologian
Birthdate: May 31, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bismarck
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 31 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
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Famous As: Pastor, Self-Help Writer
Birthdate: May 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio, United States
Died: December 24, 1993

 32 Steven Furtick

Steven Furtick
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Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moncks Corner
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 33 Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham
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Famous As: Pastor, Missionary
Birthdate: July 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asheville

 34 Frank Reich

Frank Reich
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: December 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Freeport, New York, United States

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 35 Carlton Pearson

Carlton Pearson
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Famous As: Christian minister
Birthdate: March 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

 36 John Knox

John Knox
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Famous As: Protestant Leader
Birthdate: 1514 AD
Birthplace: Near Haddington, East Lothian,, Kingdom of Scotland
Died: November 24, 1572

John Knox was a Scottish minister, writer, and theologian. Knox, who played a major role in the Scottish Reformation, is also credited with founding the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Considered a major contributor to the field of theology, John Knox's statue stands tall at New College in the University of Edinburgh, UK.

 37 John Piper

John Piper
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Famous As: American pastor
Birthdate: January 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chattanooga

 38 Eddie Long

Eddie Long
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Famous As: Priest, Writer
Birthdate: May 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huntersville
Died: January 15, 2017

 39 Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis
Charismatic Christian author, televangelist, and motivational speaker Joyce Meyer is the president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. She has written countless self-help and religious books, including The Penny: A Novel. She is also known for her widely broadcast TV program Enjoying Everyday Life. She owns many homes and a private jet.

 40 Joel Osteen

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Famous As: American Preacher & Televangelist
Birthdate: March 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston

Joel Osteen is an American pastor, author, and televangelist. He is one of the most popular televangelists in the world, with his televised sermons being watched by millions of people every week in over 100 countries, including 10 million viewers in the US alone. In 2006, he was named in the 10 Most Fascinating People list published by Barbara Walters.

 41 Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps
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Famous As: Lawyer, Pastor, Journalist
Birthdate: November 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Meridian
Died: March 19, 2014

 42 Rob Bell

Rob Bell
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Michigan, United States

 43 Demond Wilson

Demond Wilson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, USA

 44 Matthew Simpson

Matthew Simpson
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: June 21, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cadiz, Ohio, United States
Died: June 18, 1884

 45 Joseph Prince

Joseph Prince
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Singapore

 46 Shirley Caesar

Shirley Caesar
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina, USA

 47 Victoria Osteen

Victoria Osteen
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Huntsville

 48 Louie Giglio

Louie Giglio
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer

 49 Jay Bakker

Jay Bakker
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte

 50 Jerry Falwell

Jerry Falwell
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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: August 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lynchburg
Died: May 15, 2007
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