Reverend Dr. Donald K. Gillett, II, has been the Senior Pastor at East Second Street
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since July 1999. Prior to his call to ESSCC, he served as
Youth Minister and Associate Minister at Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago.
Reverend Dr. Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Jarvis
Christian College in Hawkins, TX; a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological
Seminary, Chicago, IL; a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Lexington Theological
Seminary, Lexington ,KY; and a Master of Business Degree from Indiana Wesleyan
University, Marion, IN.
Reverend Dr. Gillett serves as the Chair of the Division of Overseas Ministries board and
serves on numerous boards including the Kentucky Council of Churches Executive Board,
and the Academy of Preachers Board of Directors. Moreover, he is the immediate past
Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in KY and the immediate past
President of the Kentucky Christian Missionary Convention, an organization that represents
historic African-American churches in Kentucky.
Reverend Dr. Gillett has traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo as part of a
delegation and traced the footsteps of the Apostle Paul in Greece and Turkey and
walked where Jesus walked in Israel and Moses walked in Egypt. He climbed to the Summit
(Mt Sinai) where Moses received the Ten Commandments on the back of a Camel.
Reverend Dr. Gillett has preached in Mbandaka and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic
of the Congo. He has conducted workshops and keynoted regional and national events,
including ICYF at Chapman University, KCMC Assembly, Black Ministers Retreat, and
Reverend Dr. Gillett has received numerous awards and honors including: an Army ROTC
Scholarship, a four-month Pastoral Sabbatical Grant from The Lilly Endowment, and was
named to the Honorary Order of Kentucky Colonials. He is a Veteran having been
commissioned following graduation and is a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi
Reverend Dr. Gillett is married to Dr. Charisse L. Gillett, President of the Lexington
Theological Seminary. He is the father of Jeremy, Liyah, Tasia, and Donald, III (Trey) and
grandfather to Jayda.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the
evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to
do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come
to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord,
measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)
Rev. Donald. K. Gillett, II
Sunday School 9-950
Worship 10 am
Lexington African Church
Worship 3:30 pm
August 11 Youth Day. Sister
Kayla Ward Preaching.
August 18 Annual Church
Bar-B-Que at future home of East
Second Street Christian Church -
outdoor service in tent with food,
games to follow.
Faithful Sermon Series beginning
July 28 - come and join us.
Men's breakfast August 3