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 Paula White

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 2 Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Birthdate: February 4, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
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.
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 3 Charles Stanley

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Famous As: Pastor, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 4 Joel Osteen

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

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.

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 5 Joyce Meyer

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 6 Benny Hinn

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Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Israeli

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.

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 7 Jerry Falwell

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: August 11, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 15, 2007
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 8 Steven Furtick

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Birthdate: February 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 9 Frank Reich

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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: December 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Frank Reich is an American former football player who played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. He is currently serving as the head coach for the popular NFL team, The Indianapolis Colts. Over the years, he has also been part of the coaching team for Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

 10 John Hagee

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Famous As: Pastor, Theologian, Saxophonist
Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 11 Joseph Prince

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Singaporean

 12 John F. MacArthur

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 19, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 13 Carlton Pearson

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Famous As: Christian minister
Birthdate: March 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 14 Eddie Long

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Famous As: Priest, Writer
Birthdate: May 12, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: January 15, 2017

 15 Andy Stanley

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: May 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 16 Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

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Famous As: Pastor, Self-Help Writer
Birthdate: May 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 1993
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 17 Victoria Osteen

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 18 Francis Chan

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Famous As: Theologian, Author
Birthdate: August 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 19 Ted Haggard

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Famous As: Pastor, Priest, Preacher
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 20 John C. Maxwell

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Famous As: Writer, Motivational speaker
Birthdate: February 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 21 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1972

 22 Fulton J. Sheen

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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 9, 1979
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 23 Huldrych Zwingli

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: January 1, 1484
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss
Died: October 11, 1531

 24 Rob Bell

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 25 David Wilkerson

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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: May 19, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 2011

 26 John Osteen

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: August 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 23, 1999
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 27 Barry Minkow

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Saints Cyril and Methodius

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Famous As: Christian theologians
Birthdate: 0826 AD
Nationality: Greek
Died: February 4, 0869
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 29 David Jeremiah

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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: February 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 30 Bishop Noel Jones

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: January 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican
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 31 Jesse Duplantis

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Famous As: Herder
Birthdate: July 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 32 Timothy J. Keller

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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 33 Mark Driscoll

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Famous As: Pastor, Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 34 Shirley Caesar

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 35 Robert Jeffress

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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: November 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 36 Denis Mukwege

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Famous As: Gynecologist
Birthdate: March 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Congolese

 37 John Harvard

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Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: November 26, 1607
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: September 14, 1638

 38 Jeremiah Wright

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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 39 Adrian Rogers

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: September 12, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 2005

 40 Paul Washer

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Famous As: writer
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Nationality: American

 41 Charles R. Swindoll

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Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Tullian Tchividjian

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Birthdate: July 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 43 Louie Giglio

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Harold Camping

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Famous As: Radio personality, Civil engineer
Birthdate: July 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 15, 2013

 45 Craig Groeschel

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Birthdate: December 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 46 Mike Murdock

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 47 Jay Bakker

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Famous As: Pastor
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 48 Gary Chapman

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 49 Alistair Begg

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Famous As: author
Birthdate: 1952 AD
Nationality: American

 50 Bill Gothard

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Famous As: Manager
Birthdate: November 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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