List of 21st-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 since January 1, 2001. It should likewise only name leaders listed on other articles and lists.


  • Dr Bhaddanta Kumara bhivansa, 4th Chairman Sayadaw of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (2010 - present )[1]
  • Bhaddanta Sandima bhivansa, 7th Secretary General Sayadaw of State Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee (2016 - present )




  • Eastern Catholic sui iuris
  • James Edward Bostwick, Archbishop (1997–2009)
  • Henry Pleau, Archbishop (2010–present)
  • Jerome Lloyd, Metropolitan Archbishop (2012–present)

Eastern Orthodoxy[edit]

  • Peter VII, Patriarch of Alexandria (1997–2004)
  • Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria (2004–present)
  • Chrysostomos I, Archbishop of Nea Justiniana and All Cyprus (1977–2006)
  • Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Nea Justiniana and All Cyprus (2006–present)
  • Alexy II of Russia, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (1990–2008)
  • Kirill I, acting (2008–2009), Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia (2009–Present)
  • John Rinne, Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland (1987–2001)
  • Leo Makkonen Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland (2001–present)

Oriental Orthodoxy[edit]



  • General Secretaries
  • Billy Kim, President (2000–2005)
  • David Coffey, President (2005–2010)
  • John Upton, President (2010–present)
  • Jan Lek, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Mateus Chaves, President (c.2010)
  • Alexandre Melo Chilanda, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • President
  • Uche Enyioha, President (c.2010)
  • General Secretary and CEO
  • S. T. Ola Akande, General Secretary
  • S. Ola Fadeji, General Secretary
  • Solomon Ademola Ishola, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Joyanto Adhikari, President (c.2010)
  • Milton Biswas, General-Secretary (c.2010)
  • Letta, Executive Secretary
  • Kooler, Executive Secretary
  • Augustus Spurgeon, Executive Secretary
  • Caleb Paw, Executive Secretary
  • Paul Htoo, Executive Secretary (c.2010)
  • Monther Naum, Chairman (NA–2006)
  • Fuad Haddad, Chairman (2006–present)
  • Arleen D. Fidel, Chairman (2004–present)
  • Peter Tang, Executive Director (c.2010)
  • O. Alem, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • T. Ch. Immanuel, President (2006–present)
  • M. Ashok Kumar, Secretary (2006–present)
  • Vumthang Sitlhou, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Rajani Kaipeng, General Secretary (c.2010)
Europe, regional
  • Tony Peck, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Jimmy Martin, General Secretary (c.2010)
Europe, national
  • Paul Negruţ, President (?–2007)
  • Otniel Bunaciu, President (2007–present)
  • Borzási István, President (c.2010)
  • Alexey V. Smirnov, President (2010–present)
United Kingdom
  • Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Alan Donaldson, General Director (c.2010)
  • Peter M. Thomas, General Secretary (c.2010)
North America
  • Jamey McDonald, Executive Director (c.2010)
  • Gary Vincent Nelson, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Jan Paasuke, President of the Board (c.2010)
  • Gerry Taillon, National Ministry Leader (c.2010)
  • Roger Fellows, General Coordinator (2001–NA)
  • Mark Hudson, General Coordinator (c.2010)
  • Roland Grimard, General Secretary (2003–present)
United States
  • Brooks Wicker, President (c.2010)
  • A. Roy Medley, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • Gordon Taylor, Coordinator (2008–present)
  • Linzy Slayden, President (c.2010)
  • Jerry Sheveland, President (c.2010)
  • J. Brent Walker – Executive Director (1999–2016)
  • Amanda Tyler - Executive Director (2017–present)
  • John David Smith, Executive Director, (2010–present)
  • Cheryl Dudley, President, (2008–2011)
  • Stephen LeBar, Executive Director (2004–2009)
  • Stan Rieb, National Network Facilitator, (2009–present)
  • Daniel Vestal, Coordinator (1996–present)
  • Eugene Dickerson, Moderator (c.2010)
  • Roger Ball, President (c.2010)
  • John Vaughn, President (c.2010)
  • James Murray, interim Executive Director (c.2010)
  • John Greening, National Representative (c.2010)
  • Stephen J. Thurston, President (c.2010)
  • Samuel C. Tolbert, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • William J. Shaw, President (1999–2009)
  • Julius R. Scruggs, President (2009–2014)
  • Jerry Young, President (2014–present)
  • Rob McCleland, Executive Director (c.2010)
  • Paul Hagen, General Superintendent (c.2010)
  • Delmar Rogers, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • General Secretary
  • Walter Parrish III, General Secretary (c.2010)
  • President
  • T. DeWitt Smith, Jr., President (?–2010)
  • Carroll A. Baltimore, President (2010–2014)
  • James C. Perkins, President (2014–present)
  • Henry J. Rodmon, General Bishop (c.2010)


  • Rodger Moyer, General Moderator (1987–present)
  • John Kinnaman, General Moderator (2019–present)
  • David Rambo, President (c.1987–2005)
  • Gary Benedict, President (2005–2013)
  • Senior Bishop
  • Maurice D. Bingham, Senior Bishop, (1996–2004)
  • Emery Lindsay, Senior Bishop (2005–present)
  • President
  • Vernon Kennebrew, President (c.2005–present)


  • Steven P. Petersen, President (2008–2011)
  • Daniel Koelpin, President (2011–present)
  • Chairman
  • Ralph Mayan, Chairman (2005–2008)
  • Gerald B. Kieschnick, Chairman (2009–2010)
  • Hans-Jörg Voigt, Chairman (2010–2012)
  • Executive Secretary
  • Samuel H. Nafzger, Executive Secretary (2001 or before –present)
  • Christian Krause (Germany), President (1997–2003)
  • Mark Hanson (US), President (2003–2010)
  • Munib Younan (Palestine), President (2010–present)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia Church Abroad
North America
  • William Sullivan, National Service Coordinator (2002–2010)
  • Mark Vander Tuig, National Service Coordinator (2010–present)
  • Telmor Sartison, National Bishop (1993–2001)
  • Raymond Schultz, National Bishop (2001–2007)
  • Susan Johnson, National Bishop (2007–present)


  • Clement W. Fugh, General Secretary (2000–present)
  • Albert Chiew, Bishop (c.2008–2010)
  • James Kwang, Bishop (2010–present)
  • Nathaniel P. Lazaro, General Superintendent (2000–present)
  • Samuel Asante Antwi, President and Presiding Bishop (1997–2003)
  • Robert Aboagye-Mensah, Presiding Bishop (2003–2009)[5]
  • Emmanuel Asante, Presiding Bishop (2009–present)
  • Peter Chio, Bishop (?–2004)
  • Hwa Yung, Bishop (2004–present)
  • President
  • H Mvume Dandala, President (1998–2003)
  • Ivan M Abrahams, President (2003–present)
  • General Secretary
  • Vivian Harris, General Secretary (1988–2001)
  • Ross A J Olivier, General Secretary (2001–2005)
  • Vuyani G Nyobole, General Secretary (2005–present)
  • Gregory V. Palmer, President of the Council of Bishops (2008–2010)
  • Larry M. Goodpaster, President of the Council of Bishops (2010–2012)
  • Rosemarie Wenner, President of the Council of Bishops (2012–2014)
  • Warner Brown, President of the Council of Bishops (2014–present)



Other protestant[edit]

  • President
  • General Secretary


Provinces of the Anglican Communion[edit]

  • Formal leadership –
  • George L.W. Werner, President of the House of Deputies (2000–present)

Continuing Anglicanism[edit]

  • Robert Morse, Bishop Ordinary (1977–2007)
  • James E. Provence, Bishop (2007–present)
  • William Millsaps, Presiding Bishop (2000–2005)
  • Council Nedd II, Presiding Bishop (2005–present)
  • Frank J. Retief, Presiding Bishop (2000–2010)
  • Desmond Inglesby, Presiding Bishop (2010–present)
  • Reginald Hammond, Presiding Bishop (2000–2004)
  • George Connor, Presiding Bishop (2006–present)
  • Julius A. Neeser, Bishop Ordinary (1998–2002)
  • David T. Hustwick, Bishop Ordinary (2002–present)
  • Robert Mercer, Bishop and Metropolitan (1988–2005)
  • Peter Wilkinson, Bishop and Metropolitan (2005–present)

Other Christian or Christian-derived faiths[edit]





  • Muhammad Ilyas Qadri, Founder Known as Amir of Ahlussunnah (Emir of Sunnis). Lives in Bab-ul-Madinah, Karachi (1950–present)

Nahdlatul Ulama[edit]







Nation of Islam[edit]

Judaism and related[edit]

  • United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations (complete list) –
  • Turkey –
  • Ireland –
North America


Baháʼí Faith[edit]

Unitarian Universalism[edit]



See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Preacher, racer are two of a kind. Dallenbach brothers follow different roads that intersect with love". Denver Post. April 30, 1990. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 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 ...
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