Pastor Gillespie with his Wife, Kimberly S. Gillespie.
Dr. Lester J. Gillespie, Sr. is the Organizer and Pastor of the Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church, 1534 Peck Avenue, San Antonio, Texas. Pastor Gillespie is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of the late Rev. W. G. Gillespie and the late Sis. Vernell Gillespie-Jones. He is married to Kimberly S. Gillespie, the proud father to two sons and four daughters. He is also the grandfather of nine.
Pastor Gillespie is the National President of Ministers United for Ministerial Development (MUMD), Home Mission Board Chairman of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, the Chairman of the Home Mission Board of the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas, and founder of the Rev. W. G. Gillespie and Vernell Gillespie-Jones Memorial Institute Scholarship Fund.
He is the former Pastor of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crystal City, Texas, the 2nd Vice President of the Ministers Conference of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, Moderator of United Fellowship Baptist District Association, Carver Cultural Center Board Member, Chaplain of the Frio County Jail Ministry in Pearsall, Texas and Karnes City Detention Center in Karnes City, Texas, and the Chairman of the Gang Intervention Committee of the Southern Baptist Association of San Antonio, Texas.
He received the 1992 Pulpit Leadership Award from the San Antonio Register News and was the Outstanding Pastor of the Year in 1994.
Pastor Gillespie received his Bachelor and Doctor of Divinity from the Guadalupe Baptist Theological Seminary, Doctor of Divinity from American International Theological and Seminary as well as an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters of Urban Ministries from Aspen Christian College & Theological Seminary.