Pastor Amos L. Lewis, Chair
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Bio for Pastor Amos L. Lewis
November 30, 2016
          Pastor Amos L. Lewis is the son of the late John T. and Sarah Lewis of Pinckard, Alabama.  He graduated from Dale County High School and became the first African-American to win the prestigious John Philip Sousa Band Award.  After High School, he joined the United States Air Force where he continued his education earning both an Associates of Liberal Arts Degree from St. Leo College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Church Ministries from Liberty University.  After 21 years of honorable service Pastor Lewis retired as a Master Sergeant and became the fulltime Senior Pastor of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.
          Pastor Lewis was licensed to preach in June 1983 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Pinckard, Alabama.  While serving in the Air Force, he stayed busy serving the Lord as an Associate Minister at the Glendale Baptist Church in Miami, Florida.  It was at this church that he met and married his lovely wife, Zeannie Lewis.  Pastor Lewis served as a Church Training Union Teacher for teenagers, a Royal Ambassadors’ Counselor for little boys, a trumpet player in the Music Department, and as a Bible Study Teacher at a local Correctional Facility.      
          After being reassigned to Davis-Monthan AFB in June 1984, Pastor Lewis joined First Southern Baptist Church and served as the bus captain and later joined Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and served as an Associate Minister.  Recognizing his heart for ministry, Pastor Ernest L. Girley ordained Pastor Lewis in September 1986.  Shortly thereafter, he was called to serve as Assistant Pastor of Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church from January 1987 until he was officially called to Pastor in May 1987.  He was installed as Pastor of Rising Star by Pastor Ernest L. Girley, Sr., in June 1987.      
          Through his anointed and innovative leadership, Pastor Lewis continues to lead the church to new levels of ministry for kingdom building.  He has led Rising Star to become a local church with a global reach. He led the church from a membership of less than 100 people to over 1,000 members. Due to the tremendous growth of the church, in July 2006 Pastor Lewis led Rising Star to start building a 2.5 million-dollar, state-of-the-art multipurpose facility on their 4.3 acres campus. Rising Star moved to their new campus and celebrated their Grand Opening, April 1, 2007.  In 2011 he led the church to purchase three houses with over a half acre of land for future parking. Then in January 2016, he led the church on a successful Promised Land Campaign to raise over $200,000 to retire the debt on the church by the 40th Church Anniversary, December 11, 2016. Now the church is totally debt free! Praise the Lord!
Pastor Lewis is the former Moderator of the Southern Arizona Missionary Baptist District Association and is the former President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Tucson and Vicinity. Recently, he was elected to be the President of the Paradise Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arizona, Inc.       
          Because of his passion for growth and service, he continues to pursue higher learning.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Leadership Development through Koinonia Christian College and a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  Pastor Lewis was given an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Saint Thomas Christian College.  Pastor Lewis has also done doctoral work in the field of Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Christian Ministry at Grand Canyon University.         
          Pastor Lewis is very community minded and believes the church is called to be salt and light in the community.  He is the Director of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Community Action Team (IMA CAT) which brings together clergy, community leaders, and concerned citizens to meet on a monthly basis to communicate, collaborate and coordinate their efforts in order to be more effective in addressing issues in the African American community.  Because of his leadership and involvement in the community, Pastor Lewis has received numerous awards such as the Robert L. Horn Service Award, Rosa Parks Living History Makers Faith Based Award, Community Service Award, Community Leadership Award, Outstanding Achievement Award, The Henry “Hank” Ryan Community Service Award, and the Vanguard Newspaper honored him twice as being one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Southern Arizona.
          Pastor Lewis is the president and founder of A. L. Lewis Ministries and has authored six books including Pearls of Wisdom for Everyday Living. The most recent installment in the "Pearls of Wisdom" series is Pearls of Wisdom Daily Devotional which is his signature work.  His monumental work is his Pearls of Wisdom Study Bible which consists of pearls and quotes he posts on Facebook. 
          Pastor and Sister Lewis are the proud parents of four lovely children; Kelvin L. Lewis (wife Tracy and sons Jayden and Myles), Jenelle L. Lewis, Terria L. Holmes (husband Joshua and sons Emmanuel, Nathaniel and daughter Nya) and Jeremiah Batson-Lewis (daughter Kiana and sons Isaiah and Avondre).
COMMUNICATION – share information with members of the African-American community by publicizing upcoming events, issues/concerns relative to religious, political, social, economics, criminal justice/legal, business, educational, and health and wellness awareness.
Co- Leader – Minnette Powell, Lead Management Analyst at TPD. Pastor William F. Dixon – IMA Website, Effie Gregory – KXCI and Access Tucson, Tasha Simms – Business Directory, Carmen Harper-Young – Communication Domain Secretary, Wynona Mixon, Assistant Communication Domain Secretary, and Frances Miller – IMA CAT Secretary.