The Reverend Dr. Leslie J. Lovett is the seventh of eight children of Mrs. Dorothy Lovett of Sylvania, Georgia and the late Mr. John Lovett. He is a graduate of Screven County High School. He served four years in the United States Army on duty in Frankfurt, Germany. After his military service, he attended Georgia Tech University in Atlanta where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
His love for teaching Church School and reading the Bible led him to his call in the ministry. In September 1991, he was admitted to the Columbia Conference. In 1993, he was ordained a Deacon, and in September 1995, he was ordained an Itinerant Elder. Known as a visionary, under his leadership at his first pastoral assignment, Jones Chapel AME in Lexington, South Carolina, with a very small membership, purchased land and constructed a new edifice that was dedicated in August 1996. Bishop John Hurst Adams, Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District at that time, referred to the church as the Miracle on Highway 6. He attended Columbia International Seminary and Master of Divinity Theological Seminary where he received the Masters of Divinity Degree and his Doctor of Bibical Theology Degree. He is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and Texas Tech Management Leadership Training (Thinking Outside the Box). He has served as President of the Board of Directors for Lexington Interfaith Community Services and the George Rogers Foundation.
He is married to Jamesetta Berry Lovett. They are the proud parents of three sons, Lorell (Tiarre), Darius, and Leslie, and two adorable grandchildren, Caleb and Olivia.