List of 20th-century religious leaders

List of 19th-century religious leaders – List of 21st-century religious leaders – Lists of religious leaders by century

This is a list of the top-level leaders for religious groups with at least 50,000 adherents, and that led anytime from January 1, 1901, to December 31, 2000. It should likewise only name leaders listed on other articles and lists.

Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhism

Christianity

Catholicism

  • Church of Utrecht –
  • Old Catholic Church of America –
    • Paul Francis Cope May, Archbishop (1925–1953)
    • Francis Xavier Resch, Archbishop (1953–1963)
    • Walter Xavier Brown, Archbishop (1963–1997)
    • James Edward Bostwick, Archbishop (1997–2009)
  • North American Old Roman Catholic Church –
    • Rudolph de Landas Berghes, Bishop (1914–1919)
    • Carmel Henry Carfora, Archbishop (1919–1958)
    • Cyrus Augustine Starkey, Archbishop (1958–?)
    • Richard Arthur Marchenna, Archbishop (1958–1962)
    • Cyrus Augustine Starkey, Archbishop (1962–1965)
    • John Emil Schweikert, Archbishop (1965–1988)
    • Theodore Joseph Rematt, Archbishop (1988–present)
  • Old Roman Catholic Church in North America –
    • Robert Alfred Burns, Archbishop (1963–1974)
    • Andrew Gordon Johnston-Cantrell, Archbishop (1974–1975)
    • Francis Peter Facione, Archbishop (1975–present)
  • North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of California –
    • Edgar Ramon Verostek, Archbishop (1940–1985)
    • Joseph Andrew Vellone, Archbishop (1985–present)
  • North American Old Roman Catholic Church, Archdiocese of New York –
  • Old Catholic Church of Canada –
    • Richard Arthur Marchenna, Presiding bishop (1960–1962)
    • Robert Ritchie, Presiding bishop (1962–1988)
    • David Charles Thomson, Presiding bishop (1988–2001)
  • Polish Catholic Church, (called the Polish National Catholic Church until 1951) –
    • Franciszek Hodur, founder and first bishop (1907–1953)
    • Bishop College (1951–1957)
    • Julian PΔ™kala, Bishop (1957–1959)
    • Maksymilian Rode, Bishop (1959–1965)
    • Julian PΔ™kala, Bishop (1965–1975)
    • Tadeusz Majewski, Bishop (1975–1994)
    • Wiktor WysoczaΕ„ski, Bishop Superior (1995–present)
  • Polish National Catholic Church of America –
  • Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church –
  • Old Catholic Church of the Mariavites –
    • Johann Michael Kowalski, Minister-General (1907–1935)
    • Klemens Maria Filip Feldman, Bishop-Primate (1935–1945)
    • Roman Maria Jakub Prochniewski, Bishop-Primate (1945–1953)
    • Waclaw Maria Bartlomiej Przysiecki, Bishop-Primate (1953–1957)
    • Jan Maria Michel Sitek, Bishop-Primate (1957–1965)
    • Waclaw Maria Innocenty Golebiowski, Bishop-Primate (1965–1972)
    • Stanislaw Maria Tymoteusz Kowalski, Bishop-Primate (1972–1997)
    • Wlodzimierz Jaworski, Bishop-Primate (1997–2007)
  • Philippine Independent Church (Aglipayan Church) –
    • Gregorio Aglipay y Labayan, Supreme Bishop (1902–1940)
    • Santiago Fonacier, Supreme Bishop (1940–1946)
    • Gerardo Bayaca, Supreme Bishop (1946–1946)
    • Isabelo de los Reyes, Jr., Supreme Bishop (1946–1971)
    • Macario V. Ga, Supreme Bishop (1971–1981)
    • Abdias de la Cruz, Supreme Bishop (1981–1987)
    • Soliman Ganno, Supreme Bishop (1987–1989)
    • Tito Pasco, Supreme Bishop (1989–1993)
    • Alberto B. Ramento, Supreme Bishop (1993–1999)
    • Tomas A. Millamena, Supreme Bishop (1999–2005)

Eastern Orthodoxy

  • Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia –
  • Serbian Orthodox Church –
  • Orthodox Church of Mount Sinai –
    • Porphyrios I, Archbishop of Sinai (1885–1904)
    • Porphyrios II, Archbishop of Sinai (1904–1926)
    • Porphyrios III, Archbishop of Sinai (1926–1968)
    • Grigorios II, Archbishop of Sinai (1969–1973)
    • Damianos, Archbishop of Sinai (1973–present)
  • Montenegrin Orthodox Church –
  • Orthodox Church of Finland – (complete list)
    • Nicholas (Nalimov), Archbishop of Vyborg and All Finland (1899–1905)
    • Sergius (Stragorodsky) Archbishop of Vyborg and All Finland (1905–1917)
    • Seraphim (Lukyanov) Archbishop of Vyborg and All Finland (1921–1923)
    • Herman (Aav) Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland (1925–1960)
    • Paul (Olmari), Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland (1960–1987)
    • John Rinne, Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland (1987–2001)
  • Orthodox Church of Estonia –
    • Aleksander, Archbishop of Tallinn and All Estonia (1920–1923)
    • Aleksander, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1923–1953)
    • 0, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1944–0)
    • Athinagoras I of Thyatira and, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1953–1962)
    • Athinagoras II of Thyatira and, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1963–1978)
    • John of Finland, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1996–1999)
    • Stephanos, Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia (1999–present)
  • Orthodox Church of Latvia –
    • John (Pommer), Archbishop of Riga and All Latvia (1921–1934)
    • vacant, Archbishop of Riga and All Latvia (1934–1936)
    • Augustine (Peterson), Metropolitan of Riga and All Latvia (1936–1955)
    • Alexander (KudrjaΕ‘ovs), Metropolitan of Riga and All Latvia (1990–present)
  • Orthodox Church of Japan
    • Nicholas (Kasatkin), titular Bishop of Riga (1880–1906)
    • Nicholas (Kasatkin), Archbishop of All Japan (1906–1912)
    • Sergius (Tikhomirov), Metropolitan of All Japan (1912–1945)
    • Nicholas (Ono), bishop of Tokyo (1945–1946)
    • Benjamin (Basalyga), Metropolitan of All Japan (1946–1952)
    • Ireneus (Bekish), Metropolitan of All Japan (1952–1962)
    • Vladimir (Nagosky), Metropolitan of All Japan (1962–1972)
    • Theodosius (Nagashima), Metropolitan of All Japan (1972–1999)
    • Peter (Arihara), elected Metropolitan of All Japan (2000)
    • Daniel (Nushiro), Metropolitan of All Japan (2000–present)
  • Orthodox Church of China –
    • Basil (Shuan), Bishop of Peking and All China (1957–1962)
    • Simeon (Du), Bishop of Shanghai (1962–1965)
    • vacant, Bishop of Peking and All China (1965–present)
  • Macedonian Orthodox Church – Ohrid Archbishopric
    • Firmilianos, Metropolitan of Skopje (1899–1903)
    • Sevastianos, Metropolitan of Skopje (1904–1905)
    • Vikentios, Metropolitan of Skopje (1905–1915)
    • Varnava RosiΔ‡, Metropolitan of Skopje (1920–1930)
    • Josif Cvijovic, Metropolitan of Skopje (1932–1957)
    • Dositej II Stojkovski, Archbishop of Ohrid and Macedonia and Metropolitan of Skopje (1958–1967) went schism
  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
    • Christophoros, Metropolitan of Australia (1924–1926)
    • Ioakim, Metropolitan of Australia (1926–1926)
    • Christophoros, Metropolitan of Australia (1926–1928)
    • Theophylactos Papathanasopoulos, Metropolitan of Australia (1928–1931)
    • Timotheos, Metropolitan of Australia (1931–1947)
    • Theophylaktos, Metropolitan of Australia (1947–1958)
    • Athenagoras I of Thyatira and, Metropolitan of Australia (1958–1959)
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate, schismatic –
    Mstyslav, Patriarch of Kiev (1992–1993)
    Volodymyr, Patriarch of Kiev (1993–1995)
    Filaret, Patriarch of Kiev (1995–present)
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), not canonically recognised –
    • Feognost II, Metropolitan of Kiev (1900–1903)
    • Flavian, Metropolitan of Kiev (1903–1915)
    • Vladimir I, Metropolitan of Kiev (1915–1918)
    • Antoniy II, Metropolitan of Kiev (1918–1936)
    • Nazary of Cherkass, Metropolitan of Kiev (1919–1921)
    • Michael of Grodno and Brest, Metropolitan of Kiev (1921–1924)
    • Michael III, Metropolitan of Kiev (1924–1929)
    • Dmitriy, Metropolitan of Kiev (1930–1932)
    • Sergiy, Metropolitan of Kiev (1932–1934)
    • Konstantin III, Metropolitan of Kiev (1934–1937)
    • Nikolai II, Metropolitan of Kiev (1941–1944)
    • Ioann V, Metropolitan of Kiev (1944–1964)
    • Ioasaf II, Metropolitan of Kiev (1964–1966)
    • Filaret II, Metropolitan of Kiev (1966–1992)
    • Volodymyr Sabodan, Metropolitan of Kiev (1992–present)
  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, not canonically recognised –
    • Oleksii Hromadskyi, (1941–1943)
    • Pantelejmon Rudyk, (1943–1944)
    • Mstyslav, Patriarch (?–1993)
  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Canonical [sic], not canonically recognised –
  • Croatian Orthodox Church
  • Macedonian Orthodox Church
    • Dositej II, Archbishop of Ohrid (1967–1981)
    • Angelarij, Archbishop of Ohrid (1981–1986)
    • Gavril II, Archbishop of Ohrid (1986–1993)
    • Timotej of Australia, Archbishop of Ohrid (1993–1993)
    • Mihail of Povardarie, administrator
    • Mihail, (1993–1999)
    • Stefan (1999–present)
  • Belarusian Autocephalous Orthodox Church –
    • Melchizedek, Metropolitan of Minsk and All Belorussia (1922–1931)
    • Vacant?, Metropolitan of Minsk and All Belorussia (1931–1942)
    • Panteleimon, Metropolitan of Minsk and All Belorussia (1942–1946)
  • Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church –
    • Mstyslav, Patriarch (1990–1993)
    • Dimitri, Patriarch (1993–2000)
    • Igor, Patriarch (2000)
    • Mefody (acting), Patriarch (2000–present)
  • Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kyivan Patriarchate –
  • Old Calendar Church of Romania –
    • Galaction, Metropolitan (1955–1956)
    • Glicherie, Metropolitan (1956–1985)
    • Sylvester, Metropolitan (1985–1992)
    • Vlasie, Metropolitan (1992–present)
  • Old Believers –
    • Iov (in opposition), Archbishop of Moscow (1871–1912)
    • Savvaty, Archbishop of Moscow (1881–1898)
    • Ioann, Archbishop of Moscow (1898–1915)
    • Melety, Archbishop of Moscow (1915–1934)
    • Vikenty of Kazan, Archbishop of Moscow (1934–1938)
    • vacant, Archbishop of Moscow (1938–1940)
    • Irinarch, Archbishop of Moscow (1940–1952)
    • Flavian, Archbishop of Moscow (1952–1960)
    • Iosif, Archbishop of Moscow (1961–1970)
    • Nikodim, Archbishop of Moscow (1970–1986)
    • Alimpy, Archbishop of Moscow (1986–1988)
    • Alimpy, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia (1988–2003)
  • Novozybkov hierarchy –
    • Nikola [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1923–1934)
    • Stefan [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1934–1937)
    • Mikhail [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1938–1944)
    • Ioann [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1944–1956)
    • Epifany, Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1956–1965)
    • Ieyermiya [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1965–1969)
    • Pavel [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1969–1977)
    • Varsonofi, Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1977–1979)
    • Gennady [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1979–1996)
    • Aristarkh [ru], Archbishop of Novozybkov, Moscow and All Russia (1996–2000)
    • Aleksandr [ru], titled Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (2000–2002)

Oriental Orthodoxy

Protestantism

  • National Association of Evangelicals
    • Harold Ockenga, President (1942–1944)
    • Leslie Roy Marston, President (1944–46)
    • Rutherford Decker, President (1946–48)
    • Stephen W. Paine, President (1948–50)
    • Frederick C. Fowler, President (1950–52)
    • Paul S. Rees, President (1952–54)
    • Henry H. Savage, President (1954–56)
    • Paul P. Petticord, President (1956–58)
    • Herbert S. Mekeel, President (1958–60)
    • Thomas F. Zimmerman, President (1960–62)
    • Robert A. Cook, President (1962–64)
    • Jared F. Gerig, President (1964–66)
    • Rufus Jones, President (1966–68)
    • Arnold Olson, President (1968–70)
    • Hudson T. Armerding, President (1970–72)
    • Myron F. Boyd, President (1972–74)
    • Paul E. Toms, President (1974–76)
    • Nathan Bailey, President (1976–78)
    • Carl H. Lundquist, President (1978–80)
    • J. Floyd Williams, President (1980–82)
    • Arthur Evans Gay, Jr., President (1982–84)
    • Robert W. McIntyre, President (1984–86)
    • Ray H. Hughes, President (1986–88)
    • John H. White, President (1988–90)
    • B. Edgar Johnson, President (1990–92)
    • Don Argue, President (1992–98)
    • Kevin Mannoia, President (1999–2001)
International
  • Baptist World Alliance –
    • John Clifford, President (1905–1911)
    • Robert Stuart MacArthur, President (1911–1923)
    • Edgar Young Mullins, President (1923–1928)
    • John MacNeill, President (1928–1934)
    • George Washington Truett, President (1934–1939)
    • James Henry Rushbrooke, President (1939–1947)
    • Charles Oscar Johnson, President (1947–1950)
    • Fred Townley Lord, President (1950–1955)
    • Theodore Floyd Adams, President (1955–1960)
    • Joao Filson Soren, President (1960–1965)
    • William R. Tolbert, Jr., President (1965–1970)
    • Carney Hargroves, President (1970–1975)
    • David Wong, President (1975–1980)
    • Duke Kimbrough McCall, President (1980–1985)
    • Noel Vose, President (1985–1990)
    • Knud Wumpleman, President (1990–1995)
    • Nilson Do Amaral Fanini, President (1995–2000)
North America
  • J. Brent Walker - Executive Director (1999–present)
  • Daniel Vestal, Coordinator (1996–present)
  • Elias Camp Morris, President (1895–1922)
  • L. K. Williams, President (1924–1940)
  • David V. Jemison, President (1940–1953)
  • Joseph H. Jackson, President (1954–1982)
  • T. J. Jemison, President (1983–1994)
  • Henry Lyons, President (1994–1999)
  • Stewart Cleveland Cureton, President (1999)
  • William J. Shaw, President (1999–2009)
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church –
    • Clement W. Fugh, General Secretary (2000–present)
  • Free Methodist Church in Canada –
  • Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en las Islas Filipinas –
    • Nicolas V. Zamora, General Superintendent (1909–1914)
    • Alejandro H. Reyes, General Superintendent (1914–1922)
    • Victoriano Mariano, General Superintendent (1922–1928)
    • Francisco Gregorio, General Superintendent (1928–1939)
    • Matias B. Valdez, General Superintendent (1939–1948)
    • Eusebio Tech, General Superintendent (1948–1952)
    • Marcelino C. Gutierrez, General Superintendent (1952–1953)
    • Lazaro G. Trinidad, General Superintendent (1953–1972)
    • Geronimo P. Maducdoc, General Superintendent (1972–1980)
    • George F. Castro, General Superintendent (1980–2000)
    • Nathaniel P. Lazaro, General Superintendent (2000–present)
  • Methodist Church Ghana –
    • Francis C.F. Grant, President (1961–1966)
    • T. Wallace Koomson, President (1966–1973)
    • Charles K. Yamoah, President (1973–1977)
    • C. Awotwi Pratt, President (1977–1979)
    • Samuel B. Essamuah, President (1979–1984)
    • C. Awotwi Pratt, President (1984–1985)
    • Jacob S.A. Stephens, President (1985–1990)
    • Kwesi A. Dickson, President (1990–1997)
    • Samuel Asante Antwi, President and Presiding Bishop (1997–2003)[5]
  • Methodist Church in Singapore –
    • Methodist work in Southern and Southeast Asia
    • James M. Thoburn, Bishop and Superintendent (1888–1904)
    • William F. Oldham, Bishop and Superintendent (1904–1912)
    • John E. Robinson, Bishop and Superintendent (1912–1914)
    • William P. Eveland, Bishop and Superintendent (1914–1916)
    • John E. Robinson and J. W. Robinson, Bishops and Superintendents (1916–1920)
    • George H. Bickley, Bishop and Superintendent (1920–1924)
    • Titus Lowe, Bishop and Superintendent (1924–1928)
    • Edwin F. Lee, Bishop and Superintendent (1928–1948)
    • Southeastern Asia Central Conference
    • Raymond L. Archer, Bishop (1950–1956)
    • Hobart B. Amstutz, Bishop (1956–1964)
    • Robert F. Lundy, Bishop (1964–1968)
    • Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore
    • Yap Kim Hao, Bishop (1968–1973)
    • Theodore R. Doraisamy, Bishop (1973–1976)
    • Methodist Church in Singapore
    • Kao Jih Chung, Bishop (1976–1984)
    • Ho Chee Sin, Bishop (1984–1996)
    • Wong Kiam Thau, Bishop (1996–2000)
    • Robert M. Solomon, Bishop (2000–present)
  • Methodist Church of South Africa –
    • President
      • William B Rayner, President (1900–1901)
      • Alfred T Rhodes, President (1901–1902)
      • Robert Lamplough, President (1902–1903)
      • Nendrick Abrahams, President (1903–1904)
      • Ezra Nuttal, President (1904–1905)
      • Arthur P Chaplin, President (1905–1906)
      • Richard F Hornabrook, President (1906–1907)
      • William J Hacker, President (1907–1908)
      • George Weaver, President (1908–1909)
      • Wesley Hurt, President (1909–1911)
      • Joseph Metcalf, President (1911–1912)
      • Albert H Hodges, President (1912–1913)
      • William Pescod, President (1913–1914)
      • T Edward Marsh, President (1914–1915)
      • Robert Matterson, President (1915–1916)
      • Griffith W Rogers, President (1916–1917)
      • Henry Cotton, President (1917–1918)
      • Samuel Clark, President (1918–1919)
      • James PendlReebury, President (1919–1920)
      • George Robson, President (1920–1921)
      • Arthur J Lennard, President (1921–1922)
      • Charles S Lucas, President (1922–1923)
      • John W Househam, President (1923–1924)
      • John W Watkinson, President (1924–1925)
      • Frederick Holmes, President (1925–1926)
      • Andrew Graham, President (1926–1927)
      • Theo R Curnick BD, President (1927–1928)
      • William Flint DD, President (1928–1929)
      • Geo H P Jacques, President (1929–1930)
      • Allen Lea, President (1930–1931)
      • Ernest Titcomb, President (1931–1932)
      • John A Allcock, President (1932–1933)
      • William Meara, President (1933–1934)
      • Henry W Goodwin, President (1934–1935)
      • Thomas Stanton, President (1935–1936)
      • A Arthur Wellington, President (1936–1937)
      • William Meara, President (1937–1938)
      • Edwin Bottrill, President (1938–1939)
      • Lorenzo S H Wilkinson, President (1939–1940)
      • William Eveleigh, President (1940–1941)
      • William B Allcock, President (1941–1942)
      • Arnold Nichols, President (1942–1943)
      • William W Shilling, President (1943–1944)
      • William Whalley, President (1944–1945)
      • William Meara, President (1945–1946)
      • Cecil C Harris, President (1946–1947)
      • E Lyn Cragg, President (1947–1948)
      • Edward W Grant, President (1948–1949)
      • Joseph B Webb, President (1949–1950)
      • Stanley Le Grove-Smith, President (1950–1951)
      • Alison E F Garrett, President (1951–1952)
      • J Wesley Hunt, President (1952–1953)
      • Herbert W Rist, President (1953–1954)
      • Joseph B Webb, President (1954–1955)
      • Stanley B Sudbury, President (1955–1956)
      • William Illsley, President (1956–1957)
      • Clifford K Storey, President (1957–1958)
      • C Edgar Wilkinson, President (1958–1959)
      • Leslie A Hewson, President (1959–1960)
      • Frank H Edmonds, President (1960–1961)
      • Joseph B Webb, President (1961–1962)
      • Deryck P Dugmore, President (1962–1963)
      • Stanley G Pitts, President (1963–1964)
      • Seth M Mokitimi, President (1964–1965)
      • Wilfred W Hartley, President (1965–1966)
      • Robert C Bellis, President (1966–1967)
      • L G S Griffiths, President (1967–1968)
      • Cyril Wilkins, President (1968–1969)
      • Derrick W Timm, President (1969–1970)
      • C Edgar Wilkinson, President (1970–1971)
      • Alex L Boraine, President (1971–1972)
      • Stanley G Pitts, President (1972–1973)
      • Jotham C Mvusi, President (1973–1974)
      • Vivian W Harris, President (1974–1975)
      • Abel E Hendricks, President (1975–1976)
      • Charles R Stephenson, President (1976–1977)
      • Abel E Hendricks, President (1977–1978)
      • Donald C Veysie, President (1978–1979)
      • Andrew M Losaba, President (1979–1980)
      • Howard F Kirby, President (1980–1981)
      • T Simon N Gqubule, President (1981–1982)
      • Khoza E M Mgojo, President (1982–1983)
      • Fremont C Louw, President (1983–1984)
      • Peter J Storey, President (1984–1985)
      • Ernest N Baartman, President (1985–1986)
      • John P Scholtz, President (1986–1987)
      • Khoza E M Mgojo, President (1987–1988)
      • M Stanley Mogoba, President (1988–1998)
      • H Mvume Dandala, President (1998–2003)
    • General Secretary
      • Alfred T Rhodes, General Secretary (1899–1901)
      • Ezra Nuttal, General Secretary (1901–1904)
      • Arthur P Chaplin, General Secretary (1904–1905)
      • Charles Pettman, General Secretary (1905–1911)
      • Henry Cotton, General Secretary (1911–1917)
      • James Robb, General Secretary (1917–1920)
      • John W Househam, General Secretary (1920–1923)
      • William H P Clulow, General Secretary (1923–1926)
      • Alfred A Stile, General Secretary (1926–1927)
      • William H P Clulow, General Secretary (1927–1928)
      • Thomas Stanton, General Secretary (1928–1934)
      • Arthur C File, General Secretary (1934–1938)
      • William H Irving, General Secretary (1938–1939)
      • Arthur C File, General Secretary (1939–1940)
      • William H Irving, General Secretary (1940–1942)
      • Edward W Grant, General Secretary (1942–1943)
      • F J Rhead Marsh, General Secretary (1943–1945)
      • Alison E F Garrett, General Secretary (1945–1951)
      • Stanley B Sudbury, General Secretary (1951–1953)
      • Frank H Edmonds, General Secretary (1953–1960)
      • Lloyd G Griffiths, General Secretary (1960–1961)
      • Alison E F Grant, General Secretary (1961–1962)
      • Stanley B Sudbury, General Secretary (1962–1973)
      • Cyril Wilkins, General Secretary (1973–1982)
      • M Stanley Mogoba, General Secretary (1982–1988)
      • Vivian Harris, General Secretary (1988–2001)

Anglicanism

  • George Werner, President (2000–present)
  • G. Frederick B. Morris, Presiding Bishop (1955–1965)
  • Stephen Carlton Bradley, Presiding Bishop (1965–1984)
  • Dudley Foord, Presiding Bishop (1986–1989)
  • Joe J. Bell, Presiding Bishop (1989–2000)
  • Frank J. Retief, Presiding Bishop (2000–2010)
  • A. Donald Davies, Presiding Bishop (1992–2000)
  • William Millsaps, Presiding Bishop (2000–2005)
  • John C. Gramley, Presiding Bishop (1992–1996)
  • Stephen C. Reber, Presiding Bishop (1996–2010)

Other Christian or Christian-derived faiths

Hinduism

Islam

Sunni

Shia

Ahmadiyya

Nation of Islam

Judaism and related

Asia
  • Turkey/ Ottoman Empire –
    • Mose Levi, Chief Rabbi (1872–1909)
    • Haim Nahum, Chief Rabbi (1909–1920)
    • Sabetay Levi, Chief Rabbi (1920–1922)
    • Isak Ariel, Chief Rabbi (1922–1926)
    • Hayyim Moshe Bejerano, Chief Rabbi (1926–1931)
    • Hayim Izak Shaki, Chief Rabbi (1931–1940)
    • Rafael David Saban, Chief Rabbi (1940–1960)
    • David Asseo, Chief Rabbi (1961–2002)
Europe
North America

Other

Shinto

  • Senge Takaaki, Kancho (1887–1918)
  • Senge Takamochi, Kancho (1918–1954)
  • Senge Takanobu, Kancho (1954–1963)
  • Senge Michihiko, Kancho (1963–2014)
  • Setsutane Konko, leader (1893–1963)
  • Kagamitaro Konko, leader (1963–1991)
  • Heiki Konko, leader (1991–present)
  • Kurozumi Muneyasu, Chief Patriarch (1889–1936)
  • Kurozumi Munekazu, Chief Patriarch (1936–1973)
  • Kurozumi Muneharu, Chief Patriarch (1973–2017)
  • Nao Deguchi, Spiritual Leader (1892–1918)
  • Sumi Deguchi, Spiritual Leader (1918–1952)
  • Naohi Deguchi, Spiritual Leader (1952–1990)
  • Kiyoko Deguchi, Spiritual Leader (1990–2001)

West Asian origin

  • W.A.P.I. Zoroastrians (Iranian Zoroastrians) –
    • Areez P. Khambatta, President
  • Sri Akal Takht Sahib –
    • Arur Singh Naushshera, Jathedar (1907–1920)
    • Teja Singh Ji Bhuchar, Jathedar (1920–1921)
    • Teja Singh Ji Akerpuri, Jathedar (1921–1923, 1926–1930)
    • Udham Singh Ji Nagoki, Jathedar (1923–1924)
    • Bhai Acchar Singh Ji, Jathedar (1924–1925)
    • Didar Singh Ji, Jathedar (about a month in 1926)
    • Jawaher Singh Ji, Jathedar (very short period in 1926)
    • Giani Gurmukh Singh Ji Musaffer, Jathedar (1930–1931)
    • Mohan singh Ji Nagoki, Jathedar (1931–1938)
    • Giani Partap Singh Ji, Jathedar (1938–1948)
    • Bhai Sadhu Singh Ji Bhaura, Jathedar (1948–1963)
    • Gurdial Singh Ji Ajnoha, Jathedar (1980–1983)
    • Bhai Kirpal Singh Ji, Jathedar (1963–1965, 1983–1986)
    • Darshan Singh Ji, Jathedar (1986)
    • Bhai Jasbir Singh Ji Rodae, Jathedar (1986)
    • Bhai Gurdev Singh Ji Kaunke, Jathedar (1986–1990s)
    • Manjit Singh Ji, Jathedar
    • Bhai Ranjit Singh Ji, Jathedar
    • Giani Puran singh Ji, Jathedar
    • Joginder Singh Ji Vadanti, Jathedar
    • Gurbachan Singh Ji, Jathedar

Note: Some religions reject the idea of having a leader or leading council in such a way that they can not be listed. When possible/plausible a leading figure will be named, but in some cases this will not be possible or desirable.

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References

  1. ^ "Bishop Alma White: Founder of Pillar of Fire Dies at 84". Associated Press. June 27, 1946. Bound Brook, New Jersey, June 26, 1946 (Associated Press) Bishop Alma White, founder of the Pillar of Fire Church and author of thirty-five religious tracts and some 200 hymns, died here today at the headquarters of the religious group at near-by Zarephath. Her age was 84. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ "Bishop Arthur White, 92, Dies. Headed Pillar of Fire Church". New York Times. September 18, 1981. Retrieved July 21, 2007. Bishop Arthur K. White, president and general superintendent of the Pillar of Fire Church in Zarephath, New Jersey, died Monday at his home in Zarephath. He was 92 years old. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  3. ^ "Donald Wolfram moved souls during street services". Denver Post. Retrieved July 21, 2007. Donald Wolfram, who was an early participant in religious street meetings in Lower Downtown Denver, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. Wolfram, 83, was a lifelong member of the Pillar of Fire Church, and as a young man, he joined other members for religious meetings in downtown Denver. The meetings resembled those of the Salvation Army, with a band and speaker. Wolfram usually played the trumpet or trombone, said his daughter, Suzanne Wolfram. Eventually, he learned to play about a ... Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  4. ^ "Preacher, racer are two of a kind. Dallenbach brothers follow different roads that intersect with love". Denver Post. April 30, 1990. Retrieved July 21, 2007. It's quite a spin from Wally's life as a race-car driver to the Rev. Robert Dallenbach's small Pillar of Fire Church, where drinking, dancing and smoking are forbidden. While Wally directs Denver's Grand Prix races this August, his older brother likely will be a few blocks away, preaching at Alma Temple. The Reverend Bob wears a charcoal-gray suit and Roman collar. His 8-year-old, church-owned Ford station wagon bears license tag ... But things aren't always what they seem with the brothers Dallenbach ... Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  5. ^ The Methodist Church Ghana (1835-2005): 170th Anniversary Souvenir Brochure. Accra, 2005

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