Bishop Lewis M. Payne is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System.
He received a baccalaureate degree in Foreign Languages from Morgan State University in 1971 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1975.
In 1974 he began to teach foreign languages (Spanish and French) in Baltimore City PublicSchools in the program for Gifted and Talented students. He has also taught in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania. Bishop Payne has taught in Community Colleges and for the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state of Maryland.
At present, he serves as the founding pastor of the newly organized Word for the World Community Church in Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Board of Bishops of the United Church of Jesus Christ. Bishop Payne is also an instructor in the Ministerial and Leadership College of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic). He also recently earned a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min) degree from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
At the age of sixteen, Bishop Payne recognized God’s call on his life. He is an anointed and gifted preacher and teacher of the Word of God. He is an avid reader and also enjoys traveling and cooking
Bishop Payne is the husband of the former Violet Theresa Parran. They have one daughter, Jennifer Payne Watson (Mark). They are the proud grandparents of their granddaughter, Ysabella, and their grandson, Caleb.