ABOUT US

Thank you for visiting St. Paul A.M.E. Church located in Covington, GA. We meet every Sunday morning at 9:30am.

Come join us! So we can get to know you better as we study God's word together. 

 

We have various small groups and Bible studies that meet throughout the week, and there is always something going on around the church.  Come by sometime soon and connect with us for a lot more details!  In the meantime, feel free to click around and find out all about us.  We look forward to seeing you soon, and to getting to know you better!

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Rev. Dr. Lewis Logan II

​Reverend Dr. Lewis E. Logan II is currently the servant pastor of

St. Paul AME Church, Covington Georgia. Prior to his assignment.

He has pastored...

  • The Norwood circuit (1985-1987),

  • Graves Chapel Social Circle(1987-88),

  • Greater Bethel Athens (1988-1993),

  • Turner Chapel AME, Atlanta 1993-1997

  • St. Philip Monumental (The Mother Church of Georgia) (1997-2001),

  • Emmanuel AME (2001-2005),

  • Bethel AME Los Angeles (2005-08)

  • Wayman AME St. Louise MO (2008-2009),

  • Co-Founder of Ruach Christian Community Fellowship (2009-2019)

  • Gaines Chapel AME Church in Douglas Georgia (2019-2021).

  • St Paul AME Church, Covington Georgia (2021-Present)

 

        A church planter, builder, social activist, entrepreneur, community organizer, event planner, leadership consultant, Black Church Studies Interim Program Manager, Fuller Seminary, Pasadena CA, Pan African Studies adjunct professor Cal State LA, and hospice Chaplain in pursuit of ACPE Supervisory Training. Dr. Logan’s credentials include: a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College; a Master of Divinity and Theology from Candler School of Theology Emory University; and a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and 4 units CPE Residency at Hoag Hospital Pastoral Care Department, New Port Beach California.

        As a pastor and community organizer for more than thirty-five years, he has coordinated, facilitated, and or participated in national interfaith events and visioning sessions, hosted annual conferences, district meetings, leadership retreats, re-organizational strategic planning meetings

and plenary sessions, union bargaining efforts, acts of civil disobedience, press conferences, and protest marches. A child of the civil rights legacy, Dr. Logan was profoundly affected by the voices of tremendous luminaries such as Malcolm X, Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

and Dr. Angela Davis etc. In fact when preparing for undergraduate school Dr. Logan only applied to and was accepted by one school, Morehouse College. While attending Candler, he served as president of the Black Caucus and was instrumental in establishing a Black Church Studies Program, and recruiting Rev. Dr. Robert M Franklin, as its first director. 

 

      When a thirteen year old boy named Devin Brown was gunned down by an LAPD officer, on February 6, 2005, Dr. Logan, along with other faith and community leaders co-founded and based a grassroots organization named community call to action and accountability (CCAA) at Bethel AME Los Angeles where he was the Senior Pastor from 2005-2008. CCAA was a grassroots movement to stop police brutality and black on black and black on brown violence in Los Angeles. This CCAA movement resulted in Mayor James Hahn changing the “use of force” policy to make unlawful an officers shooting at moving suspect vehicles. When Tookie Williams, founder of the “Crips” was executed by the State of California, Dr. Logan opened Bethel AME’s sanctuary for his celebration of life because he felt that everybody should be welcomed into God’s house no matter what they’ve done or who they are. From this event was born “Cease Fire” a gang intervention group promoting peace between community sets aka “gangs”.

      A proponent of just immigration reform Dr. Logan hosted, at Bethel AME Church, Los Angeles some of the initial organizing meetings for the first May Day march in 2006. His passion for community justice led Dr. Logan to inquire about and volunteer to establish one of the few economic empowerment committees in the entire Los Angeles Neighborhood Council System. Herein his objective of providing space and opportunity for stakeholders determined to reimagine their own community vision to establish viable community space for economic development, industry, safe multicultural neighborhoods. Dr. Logan has worked with the USWW Security Officers, hotel workers rising, airport workers united (UNITE HERE Local 11), (L.A.A.N.E. Los Angeles Alliance For A New Economy) construction workers, and Fresh and Easy access to healthy foods/grocery, the Fight For $15 fast food workers campaign, Los Angeles Black Worker Center, in efforts to improve access to healthy food choices and gain economic justice and benefits for African American workers in particular, and all workers in general in these related industries since 2004. He has travelled the country preaching, organizing, and promoting social and economic justice.

 

     Dr. Logans media experience includes intermittent radio broadcasting since 1987-90 from am WXAG 1470 in Athens Georgia (88-90), WGUN am 1010, WSOK am (90-90) 1230 Savannah (Nick at Night 98-200), KTYM am 1460, KJLH fm 102.3 Faith On The Frontline (2011-2013) , and Streaming Media in Los Angeles (2015-2018, production of a weekly podcast called the Black Press Audio Digest and GaineStreams (2019-present), the streaming ministries of Gaines Chapel AME Church, Douglas Georgia. The Struggle Is Real, The Struggle Continues Podcast

     In 2013 Dr. Logan launched DiasporAudio Enterprises/Black Press Audio Digest an audio production service which is in negotiations with the NNPA, National News Publishers Association, to produce audio versions of member African-American newspapers. Sensing a call to deeper empathic ministry in 2017 Dr. Logan established and began developing the Chaplaincy Care Network a Hospice and Palliative Care Service committed to offering spiritual support services to patients, families, and caregiving clinicians, and targeted communities. His company’s mottos are

“empathy, empathy, empathy” and “no one dies alone”

 

     With such a frenetic schedule that grows more demanding, Dr. Logan prioritizes health and wellness which includes a regular fitness and healthy dietary regimen. welcomes the esteemed and rare opportunity for writing, respite, reflection, and refueling. Dr. Logan desires to write books and teach since his 2001 dissertation on Economic Empowerment Through The Black Church. Forthcoming are books related to Church Stewardship, Enduring hardship with dignity, Pan-African music and instrumentality.

     His ministerial travels have been both national and international, including Quebec, Vancouver, B.C., Ontario, Brussels, East Germany, West Germany, London, Several Mexican Cities, Singapore, Taipie, Chennai, India, Bermuda, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Accra Ghana and all of the fifty yet to be United States.

     A lover of languages and communication Dr. Logan is currently learning Spanish, German, Mandarin, Amharic, Arabic, Swahili and Russian. Dr. Logan is the father of three adults Lewis Logan, III, Jillique Marche’ Logan, and Asa Bomani Diop Logan. He is also proudly Lewis Logan IV’s

aka “Ju Ju”, Michael Josiah’s aka “MJ”, Anyah Denise, and Kaleb Elijah, Aliza Breon Agbobli’s, and Hadassa’s “G-Daddy”.

 

Quotes from luminaries

Ali Mazrui: “We are the people of the day before yesterday and the people of the day after tomorrow”

Voltaire: “Whoever can make you to believe absurdities can also make you commit atrocities!”

Gandhi: The enemy is fear, we think it’s hate, but it’s fear…

hate is not the problem, fear is

Dr. Martin King, Jr: We will either learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools

Angela Davis: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

Lucille Clifton “Celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed”

Bell Hooks: Sometimes people try to destroy you , precisely  because they recognize your power …not because they don’t see it but because they see it and they don’t want it to exist.

Benjamin Mays don’t curse the darkness, light a candle

Madam CJ Walker: “I gave myself permission to prosper”

Maya Angelou: “When a person shows you who they are believe them the first time”

Not sure: Imagine what we could accomplish if we didn’t care who got paid or recognized

Lucille Clifton: “come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed”

Malcolm X: Of all studies, history is best suited to reward our research

Vernon Johns: If you see a good fight, get in it!

 

Original quotes:

“There is only one race…Human”

Hatred and bigotry are zero net gain business principles

Ignorance and arrogance are the two faces of the same useless coin

Change is the inevitable unavoidable of life

 

 

Current and future aspirations: Regional and global and continental diaspora efforts to affect mutually beneficial trade, technical, scientific, and economic development

Repurpose abandoned real assets into viable economically sustainable entities and initiatives. Encourage next generation growth and development

Community and labor organizing

Public Servant campaign manager

OUR HISTORY 

      Saint Paul has faced a lot of challenges, rewards and accomplishments during our time.  St. Paul AME Church, Covington, started 13 years after the Civil War in 1878. We built our first church on land that was donated by Mr. L. Bates, who was a successful blacksmith in the community.

      About 1900, our church was lost to fire and most of the church records were destroyed. A year later, our faithful forefathers and foremothers rebuilt the church and a parsonage for the pastor on the original site.

Two years later, fire destroyed our church again. This time, both the church and the parsonage were lost. The church was rebuilt again in 1902 and was dedicated by Bishop Henry McNeal Turner.

      Years later, our church was lost to fire and most of the church records were destroyed. A year later, our faithful forefathers and foremothers rebuilt the church and a parsonage for the pastor on the original site. Two years later, fire destroyed our church again. This time, both the church and the parsonage were lost. The church was rebuilt again in 1902 and was dedicated by Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. During all 142 years of our existence, we were honored to be led and guided by a number of Pastors, Presiding Elders and Bishops in our faith walk.

     The marble-top table, which stands in the vestibule, was purchased by the first Trustee Board of record in 1904. In the years between 1929-1939, which were known as “The Great Depression”, we were faced with downward economy and other issues, such as KKK, Jim Crow and high unemployment. During this time, Sister Clark purchased and donated the first church piano. Ms. Clark was the oldest member of the church, and could not read or write. In 1929, our Pastor, Rev. C. K. King was elected principal of the Washington Street Public School.

      As we move to the 1950’s, our church continued to move forward and reached national attention by receiving Third Place (3rd) Award in a Sears & Roebuck Church Improvement Contest. Pastor G. N. Jones was featured in the 1955 Edition of Ebony Magazine. The 1960’s and 1970’s brought new achievements and problems for St. Paul and the community.  As we moved from segregation to integration, our schools changed, our communities started changing also, but St. Paul helped us move forward during these turbulent times. We held nightly meetings at our church with SCLC to help improve our community. St. Paul was the first church to become a permanent registration site for Newton County voters. We share with our community members who have become Lawyers, Doctors, Dentists, College Professors, Teachers, Business Professionals and Politicians. We have also watched St Paul reach celebrity status in many episodes of “In the Heat of the Night” and “I’ll Fly Away”.   

     In 2013, St. Paul continued to move onward to a new location from Stone Mountain Street to Brown Bridge Road, where we purchased 11.4 acres of land. Today, we are constantly adding on and improving our church by remembering our past, facing the present and preparing for the future. We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord, trusting in his Holy Word, he’s never failed us yet!

Pastors that Served at Saint Paul, Covington

 

               

                                   Reverend Bellsaw                          1878 (Founder)                 Reverend R.J. Jefferson                            1913-1919

                                   Reverend L.A. Townsley                1902-1908                         Reverend R.E. Romans                             1919-1921

                                   Reverend J.T. Johnson                   1908-1909                         Reverend G.W. Washington                    1921-1922

                                   Reverend P.G. Simmons               1909-1910                         Reverend W.M. West                                1922-1924

                                   Reverend J.R. Gardner                  1910-1911                         Reverend A.C. Danford                            1924-1926

                                   Reverend A.B. Gibson                   1911-1912                         Reverend J.P Woodard                              1926-1928

                                   Reverend G.B. Jackson                  1912-1913

                                   Reverend C.K. Knight                    1928-1936                         Reverend M.B. McClendon                       1961-1962

                                   Reverend G.L. Mays                      Appointed 1936               Reverend D.W. Jabcobs                              1962-1963

                                   Reverend L.A. Stroud                    1936                                    Reverend J.F. Booker                                  1963-1964

                                   Reverend C.S. Hunter, Jr.              1936-1937                         Reverend R.H. Kelley                                  1964-1965

                                   Reverend Corlas May                    1937-1939                          Reverend O.J. Thornton                             1965-1967

                                   Reverend C.G. Gissentanner        1939-1941                          Reverend J.T. Robinson                              1967-1968

                                   Reverend W.P. Foley                       1941-1942                          Reverend L.T. Howell                                 1968-1976

                                   Reverend J.W. Gunn                       1942-1943                          Reverend W.F. Few                                     1976-1983

                                   Reverend F.R. Harris                      1943-1945                          Reverend C.R. James                                  1983-1986

                                   Reverend J.C. Miller                        1945-1951                          Reverend Dr. Roosevelt Morris                1986-1988

                                   Reverend J.W. Archibald                1951-1952                          Reverend Charlie Tatmon                          1988-1991

                                   Reverend G.N. Jones                      1952-1958                          Reverend C.W. Williams                             1991-1995

                                   Reverend J.S. Horton                     1959-1960                           Reverend A.H. Hall, Jr.                               1995-2005

                                                                                                                                         Reverend Thomas R. Stegall                         2006-2021

                                                                                                                                        Reverend Dr. Lewis Logan II                 2021 - Present 

Pastors 1928 – Present
Pastors 1878 - 1928