Rev. Lesha M. Agnew was born in Baldwyn, MS to William A. Jeans the late Rev. Annie Whitmore, both whom are graduates of Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, MS, a CME school. She currently resides in Guntown, MS with her son, Adrian, a sophomore at Itawamba Community College, Fulton, MS. She is a 1990 honors graduate of Baldwyn High School in Baldwyn, MS. She attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS and is a 1996 graduate of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS with a B.S. in Paralegal Studies. Rev. Agnew received her Masters of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN on May 18, 2013. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. She is the owner of LA Tax Solutions and NALA2 Greek & More, LLC in Saltillo, MS and employed as a Research Administrator III in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.
Rev. Agnew has served as the pastor of the Bethlehem CME Church in Etta, MS, Hamilton Chapel CME Church in Waterford, MS and Chandlers Temple CME Church in Verona, MS. During the 89th Session of the Ohio Central Indiana Region Annual Conference, she was appointed as Presiding Elder of the Cincinnati-Dayton-Indianapolis District.
Rev. Agnew has served as the Associate Dean of the 4th District Leadership Training School, 4th Episcopal District Young Adult Ministry Director, member of the Program Committee of the Empowering Us to Help Us Initiative, secretary of the Northeast Mississippi Conference Committee on Ministerial Examination, Advisor to the 4th Episcopal District Board of Christian Education and as a staff person with the General Department of Christian Education.
Rev. Agnew previously served as the Dean and Associate Dean of the Mississippi Leadership Training School, Young Adult Director of the Aberdeen-Tupelo District, President of the Northeast Mississippi Region Young Adult Ministry, Assistant Director of Christian Education for the Northeast Mississippi Region and as the Director of Christian Education for the Aberdeen-Tupelo District and Holly Springs -Oxford District. As the 4th Episcopal District Director of Young Adult Ministry, Rev. Agnew providing leadership to institute the first 4th Episcopal District Young Adult Retreat. During the 2015 CME Pastors’ Conference and Founders’ Day, Rev. Agnew was recognized as the 4th Episcopal District 2015 Exemplary CME Clergy Woman for Modeling and Mentoring.
Rev. Agnew is a member of the Lee Country Branch of the NAACP, the Lee County Civitan Club, the National Council of Negro Women, the American Association of University Women, Verona Elementary School Leadership Team and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.