Rev. Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II
Charlottesville, VA

Rev. Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II


Rev. Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II is a native of Columbus, Ohio and second-generation Pastor in a long familial lineage of Spiritual Leaders. Ever cognizant of the global human condition, he remains committed to the spreading of truth, and the liberation of the human condition.


With over thirty (30) years in Gospel Ministry, Dr. Bates responded to the Pastoral Call in August 1987, received his Ordination in June 1993, became a full-time Pastoral Assistant in January 1999 and served briefly as Interim Pastor at the New Redeemer Baptist Church, Washington, DC in February 2000.

In February 2006, Dr. Bates accepted the call to Pastor the Ebenezer Baptist Church of Charlottesville Virginia. Since that time, Dr. Bates has lead a transitional and transformational renaissance of a congregation with over a one-hundred-twenty-six (126) year storied history, and one who has been led by only two (2) Pastors in the previous seventy-eight (78) years.

Throughout his life, Dr. Bates has participated in numerous domestic and international humanitarian initiatives spanning over four (4) decades. Domestically, he has participated directly in outreaches which include efforts in Beaufort, South Carolina, post-Katrina efforts in Shreveport, Louisiana and post flood efforts in Princeville, North Carolina. Internationally, with travels to over a dozen countries on five (5) continents, Dr. Bates has participated in direct efforts to provide healthcare, critical needs, and spiritual empowerment to ethnic groups within the African Diaspora. Current outreaches continue in Haiti and the Caribbean, in partnership with the Global Faith Alliance, where Dr. Bates serves as International Projects Director.