Baptist Day 2011

Baptist Day 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011 

A Service of Word

Biographical Profile

Reverend Portia Wills Lee, M.Div.

At the tender age of 18 Portia Wills Lee knew she could not hold off the calling upon her life by God.  As the Spirit of the Lord came upon her one night in her college dormitory room she could no longer escape from God’s plan, purpose, and providence in her life.  Like Joseph “the dreamer” she too experienced the God whose mercy, grace, and favor penetrated her mind, body, and soul.  Ever since that faithful night in November thirty-six years ago she has been telling the world that “God is with her.” 

In October of 1995, she started bringing her vision and dream of starting a church that would “Reach people where they are” into existence, serving as the Senior Pastor of Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church; located in Mableton, Georgia. She received a BA degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  She received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia.  She is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree at Columbia Theological Seminary, in Decatur, Georgia. 

She is published in the Abingdon African American Preaching Library Vol. I, African American Pulpit, Fall 2004, Blow the Trumpet in Zion and Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection 2008. 

In 2000 and 2009 Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy named her Woman of the year.  In 2007, she received The Ross Report Leadership Award; in 2006, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Rho Zeta Omega Chapter Distinguished Community Service Award; in 2005 and 2006, The Atlanta Business Chronicle named Pastor Lee as one of the 100 Most Influential Pastors in Metro Atlanta; she was listed in the Metropolitan Atlanta Who’s Who in Religion; and in 2000, Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy named her Woman of the Year. In addition, she has received the Distinguished African American Alumni Award from Middle Tennessee State University. Recently Pastor Lee established her newest teaching and leadership vehicle entitled: Regal Heart Ministry.

She is affiliated with several civic organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Atlanta’s Concerned Black Clergy. She also serves as a Mentor for ITC’s Faith On the Journey Program.

Pastor Lee preaches and teaches just as “God is with her,” God will be with them because God is no respector of persons.  Why is God no respector of persons “Because God reaches people where they are.”

Welcome     Dr. David Key 

            Director of Baptist Studies

Song             To God be the Glory UMH 98

Prayer  Jason Myers 

    Co-President of Candler Baptist Community

Liturgical Dance    Charmaine Webster and Jalena Wilson

Scripture Readings          Elizabeth Sineouax and Matthew Jenkins

Anthem/Song                          Speak, O Lord Candler Chorale             Keith Getty


Introduction of Speaker     Katrina Moore 

                                                         Co-President of Candler Baptist Community

Sermon/Message  Rev. Portia Wills Lee

Song                                     Total Praise         Richard Smallwood

Lord, I will lift, mine eyes to the hills

Knowing my help is coming from You

Your peace, You give me in time of the storm

You are the source of my strength

You are the strength of my life

I lift my hands in total praise to You

Amen, Amen X4