Dr. Lester is an Elder in the United Methodist Church. He earned the BS degree from Tennessee State University (75) and the Master of Divinity (86) and Doctor of Ministry (94) degrees from Memphis Theological Seminary. Dr. Lester has served under appointment as a pastor in the United Methodist Church since June, 1977.
In 1994, Dr. Lester joined the faculty at Memphis Theological Seminary as an Adjunct Professor where he continues to enjoy participation in the academy. He has developed and taught classes in Community Organizing, Missions, and the writings of Rene Girard. He has served as a corporate consultant in staff development and worked with the Tacoma, Washington, Department of Health on issues of male violence from a cross-cultural perspective. As a consultant with Killebrew and Associates, Dr. Lester has done work in conflict resolution with union leaders and government officials in the Nigerian electric power industry.
From 1978 to 1986, Dr. Lester enjoyed service as a Mental Health professional, working with client populations in youth diversion, geriatric day-treatment, and emergency mental health services. While on staff at Whitehaven Community Mental Health Center, Dr. Lester developed a program of parenting skills training in a group therapy setting that facilitated family restoration at an exceptional level. After certification as a Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee, Dr. Lester conducted a private counseling practice for several years.
Dr. Lester is a United States Navy veteran, serving aboard the USS Forrestal during the Vietnam War. A lover of travel, he has spent time in Cuba, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Aruba, Brazil, England, Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Malta, China, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, Israel, Austria, The Czech Republic and Hungry.
Dr. Lester has served his community as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Worker’s Interfaith Network (WIN), former Chairman of the Board of Directors at Case Management, Inc., as a member of the Alliance for Non-Profit Excellence, as a member of the Greater Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Rev. Lester began his appointment to Clark Memorial United Methodist Church on June 21, 2015.