Pastor D. Earl Lewis was licensed to preach the gospel in
1991 and ordained in 1993, by his childhood Pastor and predecessor, the late Dr.
Jesse Henry Jones Sr. Pastor Lewis earned a Bachelorís of Science in Christian
Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in Christian Leadership (Summa
Cum Laude). He also holds a Masterís of Theology from Liberty University
Baptist Theological Seminary.
Pastor Lewis accepted the call to
return home in November of 2003. Under his leadership, the church has undergone
major building renovations, acquisition of land and a new paradigm for ministry
that focuses more on purpose rather than programs.
This has resulted in 70% increase in
weekly attendance for worship and mid-week activities and the annual budget.
Besides sound biblical principles, expository preaching and teaching, Pastor
Lewis has initiated a corporate structure that carries out the business of the
church in a manner that supports ministry growth, while meeting State and
Federal requirements for a non-profit religious organization.
His proudest attributes are his
lovely wife Susan; their 3 children; Kirstie, Jordan and Caleb and shepherding
the flock of the Oak Grove family.