Lee A. Earl
Retired Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church
Rev. Dr. Lee A. Earl is the retired Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia, where he served for 15 years as SeniorPastor. Under Rev.Earl’s leadership,Shiloh grew dramatically,both spiritually and numerically. To accommodate this growth Reverend Earl spearheaded the construction of an 800 seat Worship Center. Rev. Earl also had the vision to address the need for affordable housing for senior citizens in the City of Alexandria and an eight-unit Housing Development for Senior’s was built. Also under his direction, two 501(c)3 organizations were created, Harambee Community and Economic Development Corporation and Harambee International Development Corporation, which was later extended into Uganda, East Africa as a non-governmental organization. Rev.Earl has been recognized by local,state and federal governments for his work,and received the prestigious“The Tent h Point of Light,” from the President of the United States of America. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to community revitalization, and has been recognized as an organizer, conference speaker, advocate, trainer and innovator. Through the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise,Rev.Earl trained over 1500 community leaders in faith based community development. Often referred to as “A Preacher’s Preacher”, Rev. Earl has made great strides to help turn around the lives of the homeless, drug addicts, single mothers, families and others in life-threatening circumstances. For 12 years, prior to relocating to Washington, D.C., Rev. Earl served as pastor of Twelfth Street Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan. During his pastorate, a new edifice was constructed; and he received national recognition for reducing crime in the community by 37.5 percent, according to a Harvard University study through REACH, Inc., a community development corporation on the west side of Detroit. Rev. Earl has served on numerous boards and commissions, including Prison Fellowship Ministries; founding chair of the board of Victim to Victory,a national ministry to victims of crime; served on the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Urban League; and served two years (2009-2010) as the President of the NAACP-Alexandria, Virginia Chapter. While in this position, Rev. Earl continued to exercise his passion to fight for the rights of all people. Rev. Earl is a graduate of Oakland Community College and St. Clair County Community College, where he majored in Business Education. He attended Michigan State University’s School of Urban & Metropolitan Studies; graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, with a Master of Arts degree; earned a Masters of Divinity equivalent degree from Virginia Union University School of Theology, Richmond, Virginia; and earned a Doctorate Degree of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. For over 45 years, Rev. Earl has been married to the former Zandra Bowman. Together they have three daughters, two son in-laws and are blessed with five grandchildren. With a life’s mission to be an effective, efficient servant, striving to attain excellence, Reverend Earl aims to make his life an expression of his unconditional love for Jesus Christ. He desires to achieve the right attitude and action in every situation, according to Christian principles and values—all to the glory of God and His Kingdom.