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Bishop D. L. Lindsey, Sr.

Bishop D. L. Lindsey, Sr

Bishop Donne Lee Lindsey, Sr. was born in Bluff City, Arkansas, April 17, 1924. Bishop Lindsey has been married to Irma Moore Lindsey since September 1, 1946. They have three children, Donna (Larry), DeJuana, and Donnie II (Eleanor). The Lindsey’s have four grandchildren, Valerie, Donnie III, Warren and Nia, two great-grandchildren, Lindsey (deceased) and Kayla.

Bishop Lindsey’s education is comprised of a B.A. degree from Little Rock’s Arkansas Baptist College, graduate work at Fisk University and at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University). He holds an honorary doctorate degree from Arkansas Baptist College and from Shorter College. Bishop Lindsey was called into ministry in 1944. He served at England Church Of God In Christ (COGIC) in England, Arkansas, from 1951-1958. His second pastorate began in 1959 at Revelation COGIC in Carlisle, Arkansas, before organizing Emmanuel Mission in North Little Rock in 1972. He served as Jurisdictional Sunday School Superintendent from 1967 until he was appointed as First Administrative Assistant to the Jurisdictional Bishop in 1973. In 1974 he was appointed to the Office of Bishop of the Second Jurisdiction of Arkansas until his retirement in 2009. In 1975 he received the pastorate of Calvary Temple Church (later renamed New Calvary Temple) in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Nationally, he has served on the Judiciary Board, National Housing Board and as Chairman of the Board for Saint’s Academy in Lexington, Mississippi. He served as Senior Pastor of New Calvary Temple COGIC for more than 38 years and currently serves as senior pastor of The Worship Center COGIC (an outreach mission of New Calvary Temple). In addition to serving now as Prelate Emeritus for Arkansas Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, he has also served as Interim Prelate of Arkansas First, Fourth and Fifth Fellowship Jurisdictions. This Bishop has served the entire state of Arkansas for the Church Of God In Christ.

Professionally, Bishop Lindsey has served as Principal of George Washington Carter in Allport, Arkansas. He became owner of Lindsey’s Barbecue in 1956, later he expanded it to Lindsey’s Hospitality House in North Little Rock. He is also CEO of Lindsey’s Enterprises which further expands his vision to help individuals in need.

In the community, Bishop Lindsey has served on numerous committees and boards, to mention a few, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of Centennial Bank, the North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club, and the North Little Rock Housing and Facilities Board. He has served on the Arkansas State Labor Board, and on the YMCA Board of Pulaski County as Urban Renewal Commissioner. He has served as the Coordinator of Citizens Participation in Model Cities Program and on the Governor’s Commission on School District Reorganization.

Bishop Lindsey’s other accomplishments include being the first African American to serve on the North Little Rock City Council, the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce and the North Little Rock Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.