Reverend Stephen Lewis preaching

Reverend Stephen Michael Lewis

Reverend Stephen Michael Lewis Photograph
  • Reverend Stephen Michael Lewis was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is the second child of Ann Fortune Lewis and the late Dr. Richard D. Lewis, Sr.

  • Reverend Lewis graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia in 1980.

  • Reverend Lewis graduated from Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1984.

  • Reverend Lewis was employed at the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support for 26 years as a Contract Administrator/Specialist

  • Reverend Lewis earned his Master of Divinity degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in May 2007.


Churches Served

  • He began his ministerial career at Shorter AME Church in Morton, Pennsylvania under the pastorate of the Reverend Pleasant L. Hailey, Jr. in October of 1995.

  • He served as the Youth Minister under the pastorate of Reverend Johnnie E. Vause at Shorter AME Church, Morton, PA from 1996-2000.

  • He served as Pastor of Allen AME Church in Oxford, Pennsylvania from 2000-2004.  He was appointed by Bishop Philip Robert Cousin

  • Reverend Lewis served as the Pastor at New Bethel AME Church in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania from June 2004-June 2008.  He was appointed By Bishop Zedekiah L. Grady

  • Reverend Lewis served as the ninth (9th) Pastor of Historic Jones Tabernacle AME Church in Philadelphia, PA and served from June 2008 to June 2011.  He was appointed by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris

  • On June 17, 2011, He was appointed to Bethel AME Church in Freeport, NY where he currently serves the Freeport, New York community located in the Nassau County section of Long Island. He was appointed by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris and currently serves under the Leadership of Bishop Gregory GM Ingram.

  • He serves on the New York Conference Board of Examiners, Instructor in the New York Conference Ministerial Institute and New York Conference Trustee Board

  • Reverend Lewis serves as a Chief Marshal for the Council of Bishops and the General Board of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 

  • Chief Marshal and Chief of Protocol for the 1st Episcopal District and the New York Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church


Community and Civic Involvement

  • He served on the Advisory Board of the Sun Federal Credit Union.

  • He serves on the Human Relations Commission and the North Main Street Task Force for the Village of Freeport, New York.

  • He serves on the Nassau County Commission on Aging

  • He is also a Life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and a current member of Chester, PA Alumni Chapter serving as Chaplain

  • Reverend Lewis has been a mentor and community activist for many years. He has shown this by one of his many social and personal hobbies of coaching basketball.  Rev. Lewis started coaching with Strath Haven High School as an Assistant Boys Coach from 1994-2005. He was promoted to Head Boys Basketball Coach from 2005-2009. After an administration change, he went to Penn Wood High School from 2009-2016 as an Assistant Coach.  Currently He serves as the Assistant Boys Basketball Coach at Chichester High School, Chichester, PA


Family Life

  • He is married to the former Charlene Palmore who is the Founder and CEO of Philadelphia Historic African American Tours, LLC .

  • They are blessed with a young adult son Sean Michael who is a Graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD Majoring in Physical Education. 

  • Sean serves as the President as the 1st Episcopal District Young People’s and Children’s Division of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • His life scripture is Joshua 24:15c “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord”