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Rev. Robert Lewis Foley, Sr., D. Min, D.D.

Pastor, Cosmopolitan Church of the Lord Jesus

Pastor Robert Lewis Foley, Sr., was raised in Georgia, and graduated from Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He received the master of divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, and earned a doctor of ministry degree at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. He has received two honorary doctorate degrees.

The Cosmopolitan Church of the Lord Jesus was organized and established under Rev. Foley’s leadership in 1978 in the Bronx, New York. In 1999, he helped to establish the Faith-based Outreach Initiative of Bronx Health REACH, serving as its Clergy Liaison. He is also an active member of the Legal and Regulatory Committee. It was Pastor Foley who declared, at a Bronx Health REACH meeting early on, that “…health equality is the civil rights issue of our time.”

Among Rev. Foley’s past and present ecclesiastical, civic and fraternal relations are the following: three-term chairman of the Bronx African-American/Caribbean Heritage Day Parade & Festival Council; vice chairman, Council of Churches of New York City; Bronx area chairman of the New York City-Wide African American Clergy Council. He is also a member of the following groups: New York City Police & Clergy Liaison; Board of Directors of the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition; Community Advisory Board of Montefiore Hospital; Chancellors Interfaith Advisory Council, the Minister of Information for the Black United Leadership of the Bronx, and the New York Yankees Community Relations Council.