Born and raised in Philadelphia in the Baptist church, Pastor Lamont Anthony Wells attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and proceeded to stay in Georgia for over two decades. His work as a state grants administrator required him to collaborate with non-profit organizations and religious communities, and led him to meet a future mentor, the late ELCA Pastor Arthur Lewis. Though he was already ordained in the Baptist tradition, Pr. Lewis encouraged Pr. Wells to go to seminary. "I took classes in Lutheranism in North America and Lutheran Confessions and thought, 'This is what I believe!'" says Pr. Wells. He learned that his childhood pastor, who studied at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, had really taught him Lutheran theology in the Baptist church. Pr. Wells earned his Master of Divinity at the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
Pr. Wells then served as the Lutheran campus pastor of Atlanta University Center, a consortium of six historically black colleges and universities, and later as senior pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church. An only child, a call in 2008 to Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, one of the largest African-American congregations in the ELCA, allowed him to return home and be closer to his family. Pr. Wells also served as a conference dean in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, assisting with candidacy, the mobility process, and the renewal and redevelopment of several urban congregations.
As Director for Evangelical Mission (DEM), Pr. Wells will be responsible for stewardship and evangelical mission in our synod, including partnership grants, congregational renewal and redevelopment, and new starts. His strong gifts of administration and his multicultural connections open up fertile opportunities for ecumenical work. His sense of mission to stewardship will enable people to invest and participate in the kingdom of God.