Canon Lewis to Take Black Ministry Post

Episcopal News Service. August 18, 1983 [83149]

NEW YORK (DPS, Aug. 18) -- The Rev. Canon Harold Thomas Lewis will join the Church Center Staff as Officer for Black Ministries on Sept. 1.

Lewis was appointed to the post by Presiding Bishop John M. Allin and will succeed the Rev. Franklin Turner who resigned this summer to join the staff of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

The Black Ministries office is part of the National Mission in Church and Society unit of the Episcopal Church Center. The office is liaison with the Union of Black Episcopalians, and a recent emphasis has been on recruitment, screening and support of black candidates for ordained ministry.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of McGill University, Montreal, and the Berkeley Divinity School, New Haven, Conn. Lewis has done advanced study at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Catholic University of America, Washington. In addition, supplementary studies were done at St. George's College, Jerusalem; Hill End Hospital, St. Albans, England; and Centro Internacional de Documentacion, Cuernavaca, Mexico. He is fluent in French and Spanish.

Lewis was ordained deacon and priest in 1971.

An honorary canon of the diocese of Bukavu (Zaire), Lewis has served as rector of St. Monica's Church, Washington, and vicar, Church of the Holy Trinity, La Ceiba, Honduras. He has been visiting lecturer in liturgics and sacramental theology, Institut Interdiocesain de Theologie, Bukavu, Zaire; adjunct professor of Afro-American history and literature, Southeastern University, Washington, academic preceptor, InterMet Seminary, Washington, and assistant priest, Church of St. Mary the Less, Cambridge, England.

Lewis is married to the former Claudette Nathalie Richards. They have one son, Justin Craig.