The Reverend Dr. Lewis T. Tait, Jr. was born in Washington, D.C. to the late Bishop Lewis T. Tait, Sr., and Mrs. Ann Christine Tait. He attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where he obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1982. In 1984 he was called into the gospel ministry while serving at Faith Bible Church, in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Bishop Lewis T. Tait, Sr. Dr. Tait was ordained at Faith Bible Church in 1986. In 1986 he also received a certificate of International Ministries in the study of Muslim & Christian Relations from Mansfield College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Dr. Tait continued his education at the Howard University School of Divinity, in Washington, D.C., and earned the Master of Divinity degree in 1987. In 1994 he received the Doctorate of Ministry degree in Afro-centric Pastoring and Preaching from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
In 1993 Dr. Tait was called by Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Harrisburg Association and the Board for Homeland Ministries to organize the first African American Church in the history of the Conference and Association. Dr. Tait organized the Harambee United Church of Christ on October 1, 1993 (first worship service) and grew the church to 500 in membership. Dr. Tait resigned as pastor Harambee in 1999 in order to become the Organizing Pastor in of a New Church Start in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Church was named New Life United Church of Christ and its first service commenced in April 1999. In October 2004 New Life UCC became the Imani Christian Center, in 2006 the church was re-launched with a new vision for reaching the un-churched and became affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The mantra was: “come as you are and leave transformed.” On July 24, 2010 Dr. Tait continued the legacy of his father, by returning to Washington, DC in order to reorganize Faith Bible Church (Remix) as its Senior Pastor/Teacher.
Dr. Tait was Guest Lecturer/Teacher for RECONCILES’ Peace Institute, the class topic was, “The Philosophy and Practice of Non-Violence”, Yei, Sudan, 2010. Dr. Tait currently serves on the Commission of Race & Ethnicity Board of Directors of the Reformed Church in America.
Dr. Tait was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers in 2004. He is co-author with A. Christian van Gorder of Three Fifths Theology: Challenging Racism in American Christianity, published by African World Press in 2002. Dr. Tait is an adjunct professor at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) and Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Tait is concerned about and committed to the posterity of the family. He is the proud parent of two children, Essence Ayana Tait and Lewis Thomas Asante Tait, III.