r. Albert J. Lewis, Jr. was born in Newark, New Jersey and attended The Newark Public Schools. He holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Ministry of Music. Now, he is the Minister of Music at First Zion Hill Baptist of Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Lewis attended and completed the Newark Deliverance Bible Institute of New Jersey in 1964 and went on to Eastern Bible Institute of New Jersey where he received both bachelor and master degrees in Theology (Th.B.) and Christian Psychology (M.CPsy.). Later he received a doctorate degree in Christian Psychology (D.CPsy.) from United Theological Seminary of Orlando, Florida. In 1992, he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry and has a certificate in Pastoral Excellence.
In 1968, Dr. Lewis is the founded the World Gospel Musical Association (bka WGMA), the oldest religious organization of its kind in New Jersey. The mission of the organization is to educate, preserve and support gospel music and its artists in Newark, New Jersey and the surrounding metropolitan area.
Dr. Lewis is the Executive Producer and Host of the nationally syndicated Dr. A. Lewis Gospel Hour and The Sound of Gospel & Good News. These shows are also view around the world via the US Armed Forces Network, which covers seventy-two (72) countries.
In 1982, Governor Thomas H. Kean, Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson and Newark Municipal Council presented Dr. Lewis a proclamation declaring June 14th as Gospel Music Day” statewide, and the week of June 14-21 as “Gospel Week” citywide making Newark Gospel Music Capital of New Jersey, they named him Founder Father of Gospel Music Day and Week. Since then the celebration encompass the month of June.
Dr. Lewis has received over 200 awards listed are just a few he most proud of: April 22, 1983, became “Dr. Albert J. Lewis Day” in the city of Newark by the Distinguished Citizens Award from the city’s municipal council. In 1988, “The Gospel Hour Television Production” received the Television Excellence Award. The television production has also won the Käpe Award from the Cable Television Network (CTN) of the State of New Jersey for seven (7) consecutive years. In October of 1993, Dr. Lewis was the recipient of the John Cleary Humanitarian Award. On June 14, 1995, he received the Special Achievement Award in Gospel Music from the Department of Recreation and Parks. The City Council of Newark has honored by naming one of its street’s after him “Dr. Albert J. Lewis, Jr. Boulevard at Lyons Avenue”. In 2000, he received the Paul Roberson Award by the foundation of the same name. On June 10, 2002, Governor James E. McGreevey of New Jersey appointed him as Musical Director for New Jersey.
On October 23, 2004, Dr. Lewis was inducted into The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum (IGMHF).
And, at this year annual convention Dr. Lewis was re-affirmed in the office of prophet by Apostle Antoine Obrey.