A word of explanation about this new blog: This is the first of what I hope will be weekly profiles of ministers within the churches of the Restoration fellowship. It is my prayer that this blog will serve not only to give honor to the ministers who are faithfully serving among us, but also become a resource for both ministers and churches. I can’t think of a better person to begin this effort with than Eddie Lewis. – DD
The characteristic of Eddie Lewis which is always evident is his warm smile. Eddie, who is currently serving as Associate Minister in Education at the Germantown Church of Christ near Memphis, TN has been blessed with the gift of encouragement. This has only worked to endear Eddie to those he has served throughout his forty-two years of ministry.
As a young man Eddie did not envision a lifetime spent in ministry. He had other plans until God intervened through the influence of a young woman named Judy Smart, her grandmother and a few encouraging preachers in Northwest Mississippi. Soon Eddie was not only speaking in area youth events, but also married to Judy.
God knew what he was doing! He has been well served and represented ever since though this wonderful couple.
After earning a degree in Bible at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and while earning a degree in counseling at Harding Graduate School of Religion in Memphis, TN Eddie began his preaching ministry. Ultimately Eddie served as the preaching minister for seven congregations in Arkansas and Mississippi before moving to Germantown in 2000.
The churches Eddie served always grew! He also stressed the need for Christian education in his ministry and was involved not only in teaching at established Christian Schools, but also instrumental in establishing new ones like the Metro Christian School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Over the course of his ministry Eddie also started Christian Day Care Centers, developed campus ministries, wrote weekly newspaper columns, worked in and directed Christian youth camps and began successful bus ministries. Eddie has left a wonderful legacy of growth and goodwill throughout all of his ministry. He first and foremost has been about serving people in the name of Christ.
There have been challenges and disappointments along the way. Throughout it all Eddie stuck by his conviction that “the preacher should exemplify Christ and reach people with the love and grace of God in his preaching.” Certainly numerous people have been blessed because of that conviction.
God has sent Eddie many rewards and blessings throughout his ministry career. Chief among those, of course, are his family. Judy is one amazing lady who serves God through her own counseling ministry in the Memphis and North Mississippi area. She and Eddie team up to conduct their Family Enrichment Seminars at churches all over the United States. As a part of this ministry Eddie also authored the book, The Wedding is Over… What Now?
Eddie and Judy have two daughters- Angelia Lewis Weeks (married to Mickey Weeks of Collierville, TN) and Christy Lewis Dye (married to Chris Dye of Olive Branch, MS). They have three grandchildren- Autumn Weeks, Nolan Weeks, and Lance Dye. One of Eddie’s greatest joys is being able to live nearby and spend time with his family.
Over the years Eddie has been encouraged by many who have expressed appreciation of his ministry by sharing with him how that ministry has touched their lives. He states, “I am always surprised when a young person (child or grandchild) will call me or write me and tell me about how much I influenced their family.” But it should come as no surprise! Eddie’s sharing of his gift of encouragement has borne fruit everywhere he has ministered.
Eddie has also made it a special part of his ministry to mentor and encourage younger ministers. I know firsthand the benefit of this mentoring. Eddie’s ministry has served as a model for numerous others ministers.
Eddie plans to retire from his full-time work of being responsible for the children’s ministry and adult education program at the Germantown church in the fall of 2012. He will still be involved in ministry at Germantown on a part-time basis and he looks forward to be able to visit and work with more congregations in his native state of Mississippi while being able to spend even more time with his grandchildren.
Thanks Eddie for letting us get to know you through this post. Your life of ministry through serving God in churches of Christ has literally touched thousands of people. Your feet are beautiful indeed! (Romans 10:15)
Eddie can be reached through the Germantown Church of Christ.
Other churches Eddie has served:
- South Main Church of Christ in Greenville, MS
- Foote Street Church of Christ in Corinth, MS
- Cleveland Church of Christ in Cleveland, MS
- Central Church of Christ in Fort Smith, AR
- Windsor Drive Church of Christ in Fort Smith, AR
- Seventh and Mueller Church of Christ in Paragould, AR
- Keiser Church of Christ in Keiser, AR
If you would like to add a note of appreciation and encouragement to Eddie, please do so.