List of 20th-century religious leaders

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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.


Tibetan Buddhism[]



Roman Catholicism[]

Old Catholicism[]

Eastern Orthodoxy[]

Autocephalous Churches[]

Autonomous Churches[]

Ukrainian Orthodoxy[]

Schismatic churches[]

Oriental Orthodoxy[]



North America
  • J. Brent Walker - Executive Director (1999–present)
  • Daniel Vestal, Coordinator (1996–present)





Other Protestant[]


Provinces of the Anglican Communion[]

  • George Werner, President (2000–present)

Continuing Anglicanism[]

  • 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[]









Nation of Islam[]

Judaism and related[]

North America


West Asian origin[]


Universal House of Justice members



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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  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.
  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.
  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 ...
  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 ...
  5. ^ The Methodist Church Ghana (1835-2005): 170th Anniversary Souvenir Brochure. Accra, 2005

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