Rev. Lee Clayton Goodman, Esq.
On Sunday, October 27, 2013 , Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Sr. Presiding Bishop of the 5th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, appointed Rev. Lee Clayton Goodman, Esq. Senior Pastor of St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church in the heart of St. Louis , Missouri .
An inspiring preacher, Rev. Goodman began his ministry motivated by the theme “I only got a minute”. According to Rev. Goodman, this theme embodies the urgency of the moment in history. Under his leadership St. John has continued its already prominent role as a valuable contributor to the betterment of life in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.
Rev. Goodman believes that the church must be engaged with the community and within weeks of assuming the pastorate he demonstrated what this engagements looks like. After a deadly shooting less three houses from the doors of the church he interrupted Sundays alter prayer and led all the men, young and old to the site of the shooting for an impromptu prayer visual with the family. Under his leadership the church regularly walks the community to distribute information to residents on services that are availing to the community through city, state and federal agencies. Rev. Goodman is most passionate about the youth and to encouraged spiritual mentorship, he has instituted combined Church School, where every first Sunday boys and men study together and girls and women study together.
Rev. Goodman began his ministry at Buren Chapel AME Church in Herculean, Missouri . While at Buren Chapel, he was instrumental in the efforts of many of his congregants receiving financial settlements when a led smelter contaminated the community. He is the founder of Imani African Methodist Episcopal Church in Overland Missouri where he served for ten years. He currently serves as President-Elect of the AME ministerial Alliance of Greater St. Louis.
He is the past president of the Mound City Bar Association, the oldest association of African American Lawyers west of the Mississippi. Under his leadership the Association filed suit against the St. Louis Board of Elections in the wake of the 2000 Elections. As a result of this suit voters in the City of St. Louis are now allowed to submit a provisional ballot when they can not provide proper identification – rather than be turned away from the polls. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he currently serves the Missouri Conference as Dean of the Board of Examiners and president of the AME Ministerial Alliance. He is also legal counsel to the License Collector of The City of St. Louis and an adjunct professor of Business Law at the St. Louis Community College . AND in September 2015 after the tumultuous events in the City of Ferguson Missouri (after the shooting of Michael Brown) Rev. Goodman was appointed as the cities Prosecutor.
Rev. Goodman was educated in the St. Louis Public School System. He matriculated through Lincoln University ( Jefferson City , Missouri ) where he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and the Master of Arts degree in Political Science. He is a graduate of the Howard University School of Law ( Washington DC ) and obtained the Master of Divinity Degree from the Eden Theological Seminary ( Webster Groves, Missouri).
A life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Rev. Goodman enjoys his ministry, his family and his work. He recently celebrated 19 years of marriage to the former Phyllis Rogers and they have two daughters.