"All that I am is because of Thee, All that I am NOT is becuase of me."

Pastor Lee

Dr. George P. Lee III


Rev. George P. Lee, III, Ph.D.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, George P. Lee, III, is the elder of two children of George P. Lee, Jr., and the late Estell Lee. He received his formal education in the public schools of Toledo, having graduated from Macomber Whitney Vocational Technical High School. In 1991, he entered Fisk University, Nashville, TN, and earned a B.A. degree majoring in Religion/Philosophy. He further matriculated at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, where he studied Homiletics and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1998. In December 2008, Rev. Lee was one of over 200 graduates at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received the Ph.D. degree in African American Church Studies. His dissertation, Thomas A. Dorsey's Influence on African-American Worship, was dedicated to his mother, the late Mrs. Estell Lee, and his grandmother, the late Mrs. Rosie M. Issac. Rev. Lee is the first to earn a Ph.D. in African American Religious History and the 12th African American to earn a Ph.D. degree from SBTS in its 150-year history.

Rev. Lee was baptized at an early age, uniting with Calvary Baptist Church in Toledo. As a devoted member, Rev. Lee served as the choir director for many years and was a well sought after and respected youth motivational speaker. It was at Calvary Baptist Church that Rev Lee received his calling from God to minister to the people of God. He was later licensed and ordained to proclaim God's word at Calvary. He proceeded to faithfully serve as pastor of First Baptist Church, Campbellsville, KY for nine years.

On December 19, 2005, Rev. Lee commenced his official duties as pastor of St. John Baptist Church, "The Mighty Fortress." The love for this young man of God quick grew as he affectionately became "Pastor Lee." As a foundation for the vision of his ministry at St. John, Pastor Lee uses the words of Paul as written in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared to them that love Him." During Pastor Lee's short tenure at St. John, over 1900 souls have surrendered their lives to Christ. The weekly Bible study, known to Savannah and surrounding counties as "The Mighty Fortress Hour" has grown in attendance from less than 50 persons to well over 300. We have formulated a partnership with the Interfaith Hospitality Network, expanded the Media Ministry, revamped the Sunday School Ministry, and much much more.

As Pastor Lee continues to chart the course for St. John Baptist Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, St. John has been blessed by Pastor Lee's ministry. His vision and his words of wisdom are ever present reminders of the blessings of our Father - "All that I am is because of Thee; all that I am NOT is because of me."


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