Richard G. Lee, Ph.D., is the founding pastor of First Redeemer Church and the president and speaker for There’s Hope America broadcasting media in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. A native of the city, he has served as pastor of two mega-churches in the greater Atlanta area along with being a national recognized religious broadcaster and award winning author.
Formal Education – His formal education includes B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude, Mercer University; Master of Divinity, Luther Rice Seminary; Doctor of Ministry, Luther Rice Seminary; postdoctoral studies in Theology, the University of Oxford, Oxford, England; and Ph.D., GTF Foundation House/Oxford with advanced standing.
Additional Honorary Degrees – The Doctor of Literature degree from Toccoa Falls College honoris causa; the Doctor of Laws degree from Liberty University honoris causa.
Notable Mention – In 2019, the University of Georgia honored Dr. Lee by acquiring extensive collections of his sermons, books, television/radio broadcasts, writings and photos of his life’s work to be kept in perpetuity at the archives of UGA’s Richard B. Russell Special Collections Research Library in Athens, Georgia. The building of the archives of his life and works continues today.
Works – Dr. Lee has published 22 books by major publishing houses. His most notable work, The American Patriot’s Bible (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins), reached number 5 of all best-selling books sold over Amazon after its release.
Through television, radio and podcasts his programs, There’s Hope America and Stories of America’s Faith are broadcast nationally each day, encouraging Christian involvement in the shaping of today’s culture.
Current Memberships – The Oxford Roundtable, Oxford, England; the National Religious Broadcasters; The Council for National Policy; The Conservative Action Project; The National Association of Christian Lawmakers and a Trustee of Liberty University.
Past Leadership Involvement – Member of the Israeli Christian Advisory Council; President of There’s Hope for the Hungry; President of the Rapha Foundation; member of the Ethics and Financial Integrity Commission of the National Religious Broadcasters; member of the Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; member of the Executive Committee for the Georgia Baptist Convention and President of the Pastor’s Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Honors – Recipient of the 2016 William Ayers Distinguished Service Award from the National Religious Broadcasters Association; the Father of the Year, National Father’s Day Council; Alumnus of the Year, Luther Rice Seminary; and Alumnus of the Year, Toccoa Falls College; recipient of the Ronald Reagan Leadership Award and recipient of a national Telly Award for excellence in video and television production as an Executive Producer.
Media – Interviews/writings about include: Fox News, CBS News, The BBC, CNN, USA Today, The 700 Club, Fox Business News, The Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Essence magazine, The London Times and Newsweek magazine along with dozens of others in television, radio, internet and print.
Personal – Recognized for his clear and straightforward presentation of the conservative Christian worldview related to current events, Dr. Lee is a frequent speaker at conferences, conventions, churches and university campuses. He has been labeled by the media as “America’s Patriot Pastor.” He considers his life’s greatest achievement was giving his heart to Jesus Christ as a young boy.