Famous Spiritual & Religious Leaders - List of Famous Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Religion and spirituality are two things that are probably the most difficult to define in definite terms. It would be wrong to say that spirituality and religion don’t go hand in hand because they do; the only difference is that while religion is an organized system that pays homage to a god, spirituality is something that does not always need a deity to define the parameters of the person’s spiritual conduct. Throughout history there have been people who have played the roles of, both, spiritual and religious leaders for their societies. Some of them have done such exemplary work, with such dedication, that their work, and in turn they themselves, were recognized the world over for their steadfast dedication and wisdom in guiding their flock. Some examples of religious leaders would be people like the Dalai Lama and Pope Benedict XVI while a list of spiritual leaders would include people like the famous Osho Rajneesh. It is natural, at this point, to look for more information about these people and others like then so here is a list of just such people along with their biographies, timelines, trivia, life stories and interesting facts about them.

The Most Famous Spiritual & Religious Leaders

Prophet MuhammadApril 22, 571Saudi ArabianProphet Muhammad was the founder of Islam, one of the most widespread religions in the world
Eckhart TolleFebruary 16, 1948GermanEckhart Tolle is a well-known spiritual leader, and author
Murad IVJuly 26, 1612TurkishMurad IV was one of the mighty Sultans in the history of the Ottoman Empire
T. B. JoshuaJune 12, 1963NigerianT
Sathya Sai BabaNovember 23, 1926IndianSathya Sai Baba was an Indian guru who claimed to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi
Russell M. NelsonSeptember 9, 1924AmericanRussell M
Bernadette SoubirousJanuary 7, 1844FrenchSaint Bernadette was a Christian Saint who had Marian apparitions of a small young lady who identified herself as the Immaculate Conception
Gautama Buddha563 BCNepaliGautama Buddha was a spiritual leader on whose teachings Buddhism was founded
Charles Taze RussellFebruary 16, 1852AmericanTaze Russell was the founder of the International Bible Students Association
Osho RajneeshDecember 11, 1931IndianOsho Rajneesh was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual teacher who created the spiritual practice of dynamic meditation
Elijah Muhammad

Elijah Muhammad

Elijah Muhammad was a black American leader of the religious and social movement known as the ‘Nation of Islam’ (NOI)

AmericanOctober 7, 1897214 views


Zoroaster was a prophet who started a new movement, which eventually developed into a new religion called Zoroastrianism

Iranian185 views

Martin Luther

Martin Luther is known as the Founder of Protestant Reformation

GermanNovember 10, 1483170 views

St Paul

St Paul is one of the greatest contributors to Christianity

Italian5129 views


Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century and is credited as the person who spread Chan Buddhism to China.

Chinese483129 views

St Francis of Assisi

St Francis of Assisi was one of the most venerated religious figures in the history of Christianity

ItalianNovember 26, 1182127 views

John The Baptist

John the Baptist is regarded as the forerunner of Jesus Christ

Israeli111 views

John Wesley

John Wesley was an Anglican cleric & theologian, who founded the Methodist movement

BritishJune 17, 1703155 views

John Huss

Jon Huss was a noted academic, priest and church reformer, born in the latter half of the 14 century in the Bohemian town of Husinec

Czech1369190 views


Isaiah was one of the most influential prophets in Judaism

Israeli108 views