Bio: President Rev. Lewis Stewart
The Reverend Lewis W. Stewart III is a passionate leader for human- and civil rights. He:
- Is one of the founders of the United Christian Leadership Ministry of Western New York in 2013
- Initiated projects such as the:
- Coalition for Police Reform
- Community Healers Adopt-A-Block initiative
- Partnerships in Excellence: Achieving Careers and Education with BOCES2 where adults over the age of 21 are studying to obtain their High Equivalency diplomas
- Advocates for:
- Improved police-community relations
- Body-worn cameras for Rochester NY area police departments
- An independent civilian review process for police
- Serves as Co-Chair of UCLM’s Coalition for Police Reform and Co-Chair of the Cultural Community Reconciliation Committee where he is helping to bridge the gap between the Bhutanese refugee community and black youth in the Jones Park area
- Has taken a public stand against black on black violence and homicide and organized a Black Church Summit: On Youths, Guns, and Violence in January of 2014
- Organized the Black Family Life Conferences I and II in 1976 and 1977; and coordinated the Black-Hispanic Political Conference in 1977 and the Rochester Black Political Convention in 1978
- Was a delegate to the National Black Political Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas and a delegate to the New York State Black Political Assembly in 1976. He was the host of the popular RISE television program in the early 90’s
- Founded the Congress of African American Unity
- Is former President of the United Church Ministries and Coordinator of the People’s Coalition
He is a retired Chaplain for the New York State Department of Corrections where he served for 15 years.
He serves on the Board of the Greater Rochester Community of Churches, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.
Rev. Stewart was ordained in the Church of God In Christ, Inc., and is an ordained Baptist Minister. He is a graduate of Colgate Rochester/Bexley Hall/Crozier Theological Seminary where he majored in Systematic Theology and Church History and received a Master of Divinity Degree.
Rev. Stewart studied Social Work at the Syracuse University School of Social Work.
He was educated at the State University College at Brockport where he was elected to the office of President of the Brockport Student Government in 1971 and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History in 1972.
Rev. Stewart campaigned for the New York State Senate in 1998.
He has written a number of articles for publication.
Rev. Stewart was born in Newburgh, New York to the Late Bishop Lewis W. Stewart, Sr. and the late Carrie Stulz-Williams Stewart.