Rev. Dr. Claybon Lea Jr.
Reverend Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr., is the pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield and Suisun City, CA. He is the second pastor in the church's history, having succeeded his late father and church organizer, Rev. Claybon Lea. Under Dr. Lea's leadership, Mount Calvary has experienced phenomenal holistic growth. Dr. Lea, in 2004, led Mount Calvary in a move to the city of Fairfield, to occupy a 48,000 sq. ft. building. In 2005 the church was listed in Outreach Magazine as one of the 100 fastest growing churches in America. In 2015, Dr. Lea led the church in the acquisition of 60 acres for the future construction of a mixed-use campus to facilitate the non-profit and for-profit vision of the church. He is a distinguished graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, with a B. A. Degree in Religion. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also earned his doctor of ministry degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. In December 2015, he graduated with a PhD. in Biblical Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, with highest honors. His dissertation was entitled The Hermeneutics of Desmond Tutu: Liberationist or Reconciliationist? In 2000, Dr. Lea was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. In August of 2004 Dr. Lea was selected to attend The University of Oxford in England as a participant in the Oxford Round Table discussion on Religion, Education and Government. Dr. Lea and his wife, Janel W. Lea, are the parents of four wonderful children: Claybon III, Jillian, Christopher and Jessica.