Richard Canear Lewis, Jr.
The son of Richard Canear Lewis and Mary Evelyn Kennedy Lewis, Richard Canear Lewis, Jr. was born on June 19, 1957, in Lexington, Va. He attended schools in Rock Hill and graduated from Erskine College in 1979 with the A.B. degree in history. He earned the M.Div. degree from Erskine Seminary in 1982. During seminary he was a residence hall director at Erskine College, and he interned at the Neely’s Creek and Bartow Churches.
Catawba Presbytery licensed him at the Hickory Grove ARP Church March 21, 1982 and ordained him at the First Rock Hill ARP Church on May 30, 1982. He then became pastor at Ora ARP Church in Laurens County, South Carolina, which he served until 1989. On March 5, 1989, he began work as the mission developer for Scots Kirk in Summerville, South Carolina. When the church was organized in 1996 he accepted a call to be pastor of that congregation. In 2000 he became the pastor of the Pisgah ARP Church in Gastonia, North Carolina.
In Second Presbytery he was Moderator, director of Jr. High youth work, and a member of the Minister and His Work Committee. He was a member and secretary of the Board of Directors of the Due West Retirement Center. In Catawba Presbytery he was chairman of the Christian Education Committee and a member of the Commission on the Minister and His Work. He has been chairman of the Board of Dunlap Orphanage and chairman of the Board of Christian Education. He has served on the Board of Outreach North America and the Bonclarken Board. In First Presbytery he served as chairman of the Church Extension Committee and two terms on the Minister and His Work Committee.
His community service has included being president of the Laurens, S.C. Lions Club, vice president of the Briarwood Civic Association, Summerville Elementary PTO (Helping Hands Director and President), Rotary Club member, Dorchester County School District 2 Strategic Planning Task Force, and Co-President of the Chapel Grove Elementary PTA.
On June 26, 1982 he married Belinda Gail Sellers of Bartow. Fla. Their children are Rebekah Kennedy, Rachel Vaughn and Miriam Renwick; and they have 4 grandchildren.
He enjoys fishing, snow skiing, hunting, and woodworking.