Dr. Claybon Lea, Jr. is the pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield and Suisun City, CA. He is the father of four remarkable children: Claybon III, Jillian, Christopher and Jessica.
Under Dr. Lea’s leadership, Mount Calvary has experienced phenomenal holistic growth. In 2015, Dr. Lea led the church in the acquisition of 60 acres for the future construction of a mixed-use campus to facilitate the nonprofit and for-profit vision of the church.
He is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, with a B.A. degree in Religion. He received his M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also earned his D.Min. degree from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. In December 2015, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, with highest honors. His dissertation is entitled The Hermeneutics of Desmond Tutu: Liberationist or Reconciliationist? Dr. Lea currently serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA.
In 2000, Dr. Lea was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. In August of 2004 he was selected to attend The University of Oxford in England as a participant in the Oxford Round Table discussion on Religion, Education and Government. He currently serves as a Vice-President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. In addition, he is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi, Incorporated and a life member of the NAACP.