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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!
“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
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