Pastor Peris J. Lester

Pastor Peris J. Lester, I, is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is the sixth child of the late T. C. and Lina M. Lester.  After his mother died, Pastor Lester was raised by his aunt and uncle Rural and Donald Andrews.  Pastor Lester was educated in the public schools of Chicago and is a graduate of Chicago Vocational High School (CVS).


After completing high school, Pastor Lester received a full scholarship to Southern Illinois University in Mortuary Science.  After submitting to the will of God he turned it down to preach the Word of God. He then attended Lane College and received a B. A. degree in English and also served as the Administrator for Chapel Services and President of the prestigious Lane College Concert Choir from 1991-1993.


On October 22, 1989 Pastor Lester accepted his call to ministry at his home church, Carter Temple CME Church in Chicago, under the pastorate of Rev. (now Bishop) Henry M. Williamson. Sr.  Since that time, God has blessed him to serve several CME churches across the country: New Carmel CME, Jackson, TN; Farmer Chapel CME, Brownville, TN; Saint Paul CME, Lone Oak, GA; Lowes Temple CME, Grantville, GA; and Jamison Memorial CME in St. Louis, MO.


From August 2002 through August 2010 Pastor Lester served as the proud pastor of the Lewis Metropolitan CME Church, affectionately known as “The Metro” in Los Angeles, CA.  Also from 2008-2010 he served as the Presiding Elder of the Great Los Angeles District while continuing to serve as pastor of Lewis Metropolitan.  While in Los Angeles Pastor Lester led that congregation in restructuring its financial operations.  By consolidating and eradicating debt the congregation was placed back on a solid foundation, members were added to the church, and new ministries were initiated.


Additionally, the KIPP charter school was established at the Lewis Metropolitan site, where 300 1st-5th graders are receiving a high quality education. After KIPP out grew the space at Lewis Metropolitan, Pastor Lester worked to secure another school to assist in educating the youth of Los Angeles.


From 2010 to 2012 Pastor Lester served as pastor of Carter Metropolitan CME in Fort Worth, TX. While in Texas Pastor Lester served as the treasurer of the Dallas-Fort-Worth Region and was also a board member of Texas College.  From 2012-2014 Pastor Lester served as the pastor of Saint John C.M.E. Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.  Presently, Pastor Lester serves as the proud and immanent pastor of the Mount Olive Cathedral C.M.E. in Memphis, TN


Pastor Lester is a sought out preacher and teacher of the Gospel.