Meet The Bishop    April 20, 2019


Bishop Rudolph B. LewisBishop Rudolph B. Lewis, Sr. is an ordained minister and the Pastor of New Light Full Gospel Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Born September 23, 1942, in Loris, South Carolina, Rudolph is the ninth child of the late William S. and Ruth B. Lewis. His future in the ministry was inevitable in that six of his parent’s ten children became ministers. He graduated from Finklea High School and attended Howard University. It was there he received his call into the ministry. In May 1995 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree and in March 2000 an Honorary Doctorate of Law Richmond Seminary and College.

For two years Elder Lewis served as National Youth President of the First United Churches of Jesus Christ before becoming the pastor of the First United Church of Jesus Christ in Portsmouth, Virginia. During the fourteen years that he was Pastor of First United in Portsmouth, he was also the President of the Interdenominational Minister’s Forum and a member of the Tidewater Ministerial Conference of Norfolk, a member of the Special Day Finance Committee of Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia.

In 1979, Elder Lewis became Pastor of New Light Baptist Church. His purpose there is to lead and guide God’s people by teaching and discipleship. The direction that he is leading the church is to change a generation by developing ministries dedicated to outreach that seeks to propel people toward Jesus Christ and the uplifting of His kingdom. As a visionary, Pastor Lewis has led New Light Baptist Church family and the surrounding community to be blessed through ever increasing ministries and expanding multimillion-dollar facility.

In 1994, Elder Lewis and New Light Baptist Church became affiliated with the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International. In November 1998 the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship ordained him Bishop. He was then appointed Bishop over the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Covenant Partners Ministry. Bishop Lewis’ first book, Godly Principles and Grace, was released in May 1996. His personal ministry, “This is the Day” ministry first crusade was held in Johannesburg, Africa in February 2006. Bishop Lewis has preached in Israel, in thirteen African countries, at the Lott Carey Convention and the National Baptist Convention.

Bishop Lewis is married to the former Maurine Delores Arnold. The products of this marriage are four children: April Lewis Gray (Michael), Rudolph B. Lewis, Jr., Estrelda Y. Lewis, and Vicki L. Beckett (Jermane); four grandchildren, Chela S. Howard, Cameka M. Gray, Michael E. Gray, Jr., and Jermane Beckett, Jr.; three great grandchildren, Jamel T. Howard, Jr., Serenity C. Robinson, and Zyiere R. Gray.

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