Reverend James B. Lewis, Sr., the son of the late Reverend Bert Dozier Lewis and Aletha Underwood Lewis was born in Charleston, South Carolina and reared in Bishopville where he completed his early education. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Natural and Social Sciences from Morris College, Sumter, SC in 1982. During College, Rev. Lewis became a 91B-10 Combat Medic in the United States Army Reserve. He is also a Master Hair Care Specialist.
Reverend Lewis was licensed as a Baptist preacher by Saint Matthew Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Benjamin James Whipper, on January 7, 1990 and received certification from the Morris College School of Religion Extension Program in Charleston on May 1, 1991. He was ordained for the Gospel Ministry by the Executive Board of the Charleston County Baptist Association on August 9, 1992 at St. Matthew Baptist Church, under the leadership of Moderator B. J. Whipper.
In 1992, Reverend Lewis continued his Theological training at the Gulf Coastal Seminary (Tampa, Florida) Extension in Charleston and further advanced his Theological training at the Interdenominational Theological Center/Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia. In January 1994, the congregation of St. Matthew called Rev. Lewis as its' first Assistant Pastor, serving as Church Administrator and Director of Personnel. He also instructed Sunday School, Baptist Training Union and Bible Study classes. Rev. Lewis served as Pastor of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church from 1996 to 1999. There he reorganized and trained all organizations of the church. He led the congregation in a $400,000 renovation project of the Church, Educational building and parsonage. During this time, he also served as Assistant Dean in the Jerusalem Baptist Association.
Reverend Lewis is the organizing Pastor of the Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, Georgetown, SC, incorporated on June 11, 1999, where he continues to lead God's people by his example of love for God and a love for God's people. Rev. Lewis believes that there is redemptive value in all mankind. His principle of ministry and life can be summed up in one of his familiar sayings "to be without love is to be without God, for God is love and to be without God, we are lost in this world." Under his leadership at Covenant, over twenty-one ministries were established to serve God's people in and out of the church and over 3.5 acres of land has been purchased to build the sanctuary and educational facility to further advance the ministry in the Georgetown community. In 2010, Rev. Lewis led the congregation in securing the present property at 1414 Winyah Street, renovating the building and the purchase of a new sound system to be utilized for the advancement of God's people and serving the community. Rev. Lewis' Sunday messages have been radio broadcast in the Georgetown area for sixteen years. He is a gifted and unique teacher and lecturer with special interest in the areas of the Historical/Critical Perspective of the Bible, Evangelism and Stewardship. He is certified as a Chaplain with the South Carolina Police Academy. In 2012, Rev. Lewis established a Clothes Closet to serve the members of Covenant, Residential/Convalescent facilities and the community.
He is an active member of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Incorporated where he serves on the Foreign Mission Board and formerly served on the Labor Relations Committee. Reverend Lewis has served as Statistician of the Education and Missionary Convention of South Carolina and is now serving on the Executive Board of the Convention. He is the immediate past General Secretary of the Charleston County Baptist Association which he served faithfully for nine years.
Rev. Lewis is committed to the advancement of the community at large and thus serves in the following capacities:
Reverend is married to his life-long friend, D'Jaris D. Whipper-Lewis and they are the parents of two young adults, James, Jr. and Katie-Marie Lewis and one granddaughter, Jasira Alethia Marie Lewis.
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