Archbishop LeRoy Bailey, Jr. serves as the Senior Pastor and Chief Executive Officer of The First Cathedral, Bloomfield, CT. In the 48 years of his pastorate, The First Cathedral has grown from a few hundred to more than 11,000 members. Under his leadership, The First Cathedral provides a weekly radio broadcast "Discovering Your Power", eighty units of senior housing in the City of Hartford (First Village and Second Village Senior Housing) and a theological training center (New England International School of Ministry). God chose The First Cathedral to be a testimony of His faithfulness through the construction of its 120,000 square foot facility, and the future development of an 80,000 square foot Family Life Center.
The Most Reverend LeRoy Bailey, Jr., accepted Christ at the tender age of seven. He began ministering at the age of ten and is in his sixty-second year of ministry. Having grown up in a Christian home in Memphis, Tennessee, he continues to lead a life that exemplifies the passion, purpose and principles of God.
He completed his undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Arts from the American Baptist College, Nashville, TN and went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Howard University, Washington, DC. He also completed a Doctorate of Ministry from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT. He has received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from The New England International School of Ministry, Marshville, MO, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Tennessee Baptist School of Religion, Memphis, TN.
His achievements include an induction into the Martin Luther King, Jr., International Board of Preachers at Morehouse College as "A Role Model and Moral Example For All Seasons”. His numerous civic awards for excellence in leadership, outstanding achievement, and faithful service include, but are not limited too, citations from numerous Governors of the State of Connecticut, and members of the Connecticut General Assembly. He has been a guest educator and lecturer for many respected theological institutions and colleges. He served as a Judiciary Leadership Panelist at Hartford Seminary on the topic of "Church Challenges: Ecclesiology and Leadership Today” and was the was the guest presenter at a Colloquium on "Leadership in Changing Times" which was sponsored by the Anglican Studies Program of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale Divinity School. He has also spoken for notable colleges such as Clark University, Worcester, MA, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, his alma matter Howard University, Washington, DC amongst many others.
His achievements extend globally as well as domestically. He has been recognized by Presidents of the United States and other countries, Global Ambassadors and other notable Dignitaries globally for sharing the message of God's love and boundless mercy. Archbishop also has a heart for missions and has been very active in countries such as Guatemala, Haiti, Uganda, South Africa, Bangladesh. In 2008, The Most Reverend had the opportunity to speak and mentor thousands of Pastors and Dignitaries in Uganda.
Archbishop is an advisor to Bishops, Pastors and Church leaders around the world. He is the Archbishop Emeritus of the International Bishops Conference, USA and has consecrated many Bishops nationally and internationally. He previously served in the capacity of Co-Adjutor of the International Bishops Conference with jurisdiction in the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean Regions. Currently, he is the Prelate of Churches Covered and Connected in Covenant, a Co-Founder of Pastors In Covenant, and a Co-Founder of Connecticut Coalition of Churches. These organizations are comprised of Pastors of diverse denominations and ethnicities, and provide a positive forum for collaboration and institutional development. Over his decades of service, he has served locally in many capacities in Hartford, CT, as a Corporator and Board Member of St. Francis Hospital, and as a Chaplain of the Hartford Police Department. He has been very active in community leadership.
He is the author of "A Solid Foundation"; a powerful and inspirational manual that provides concise principles for developing a solid foundation for facing and overcoming life's daily challenges. Recently, he released his new book “As Far As The Eye Can See”; a guide to finding vision in the Spirit and manifesting it in reality.
He has a Shepherd's heart and is a gifted and anointed teacher, preacher and counselor. His love and devotion to the Lord directs him to equip believers for Kingdom service.
He has been married for 44 years to his childhood sweetheart, First Lady, Rev. Reathie Bailey, who serves as the Senior Advisor to the Archbishop. They are the proud parents of three children; a daughter, Rev. Riva Bailey Green, and two sons, Rev. LeRoy Bailey, III, and Rev. Dr. Michael David Bailey. They have 6 precious grandchildren.