Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sen. Lester Jackson (D- Savannah) welcomed Reverend George P. Lee III, Pastor of St. John Baptist Church, to serve as the Chaplain of the Day on January 26, 2012 in the State Senate.
“It was an honor to welcome Reverend Lee to the Senate. The tradition of the Senate to begin each day with a devotional and prayer allows us to set our mind and heart in the right direction as we make important policy decisions. As we face daunting challenges during this session, I’m confident that the Senate will answer the call to serve. Today, Reverend Lee’s message encouraged Senators and inspired each of us to lead our state in the right direction,” Lt. Governor Casey Cagle said.
“Pastor Lee maybe the pastor of an old church, but he embodies a new and exciting spirit that lives within all of his congregation,” said Sen. Jackson, “He is the soul of Savannah and is a true leader who walks with the Lord. Hosting Pastor Lee was a privilege, especially on this special day dedicated to the storied history of Savannah here at the State Capitol.” Rev. Lee has served as Pastor at St. John, also known as the
“Mighty Fortress”, since 2005.
During Pastor Lee’s tenure at St. John, over 1,900 souls have surrendered their lives to Christ. He earned his Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in 2008 and went on to earn a Ph.D in African American Church Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), thus making him the 12th African American to earn a Ph.D. from SBTS.