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Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. serves as the founding and Senior Pastor of the Center of Praise Ministries of Sacramento, California.



He is described as an apostolic strategist, communicator, teacher, thinker, and progressive leader. He possesses a passion towards ministering the Word of God in a clear, provocative, and revelatory manner that is well received by all generations and cultural groups. He serves as a mentor and friend among multitudes of pastors, transdenominationally. The merging of his spiritual journey, and that of social science, has served to facilitate an approach that reaches and embraces the disenfranchised, the poor, the youth, the elderly, the marginalized, and people of all faith communities.



Born March 29, 1962, in Montgomery, Alabama, the bishop is the son of the late Parnell M. Lovelace, Sr., and Eara E. Lovelace.  He received his early spiritual training at the historic Shiloh Baptist Church, Sacramento, California, under the leadership of his father in the Gospel, the late Reverend Dr. Willie P. Cooke. He was later given ministerial guidance by the late District Elder Robert B. Holman, Sr., Christ Temple Apostolic Church, Sacramento, California.

Bishop Lovelace has been blessed to receive lifelong academic mentorship through men and women; all of whom have marked his life with excellent tutelage and impartation.


The bishop has had the opportunity to interface with multiple professional genres that have forged his course in the role of advocate and personal excellence. 

  • Staffer at the Office of Public Affairs, McClellan Air Force Base
  • Medical Social Worker, City of Faith Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Medical Social Work Intern, Oklahoma Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Organizer and Chair, Tulsa City/County AIDS Task Force
  • Sacramento Regional Office Manager and Case Worker, Koinonia Foster Homes
  • Pediatric Medical Social Worker, University of California Davis Medical Center
  • Past Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors, CARES Community Health, Sacramento


He has sought to excel academically and professionally by completing education accomplishments that have earned him the following:


Bishop Lovelace continues to be a sought after voice and counsel within the church and civic community. He has been the recipient of various awards, commendations, and recognitions.

  • The Prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers and  Collegium Scholars at Morehouse College (2012), in honor of his profound commitment to the Beloved World Community, his ethically centered ministerial contributions, and his embrace of the prophetic traditions of Dr. King.
  • 2013 Person of the Year – Observer Media Group
  • President's Award 2012, Sacramento Black Chambers of Commerce
  • Glory Award, 2002, Observer Media Group
  • Black History Faith Hero 2000, Greater Sacramento Urban League


Dr. Lovelace's published dissertation is entitled Implementing A Structured Small Group Curriculum Among African American Men.  He is a contributing writer with the Great Commission Research Journal; an academic journal devoted to research and scholarly thinking on the perspective of church growth. He is a Senior Fellow (Class XV) with the American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter, an Advisory Board member of East Lawn, Inc., member of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and serves on the Board of Trustees at William Jessup University.



He is married to the love of his life, Dianna L. (Richardson) Lovelace of East Palo Alto, California. They are the parents of one son and care for their niece.

It is the privilege of our visionary leader to serve all; proclaiming Redemption, Justice, and Empowerment.





Dianna L. Lovelace (aka Lady Di) resides in Sacramento, California with her husband, Bishop Parnell M. Lovelace, Jr. She is the mother of one son and nurtures and cares for her niece.


Dianna is a very creative, motivational speaker. She has ministered at Women’s Conferences, Fellowships and Brunches. She is the CEO of the First Ladies Academy of Sacramento; a nurturing and developmental ministry for senior pastors’ wives.  She is:


  • The Women’s Ministry Director
  • Fellowship & Conference Speaker
  • Leadership Trainer
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Women of Faith Conference Group Leader
  • Assists and consults with developing other Women’s Ministries
  • 2011 Faith Leadership Team, chair for the American Heart Association & Health Education Council
  • A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Citizen's Academy


Lady Di, as she is affectionately called by many, has a contagious zest for life and a true excitement for the Word of God. As a speaker and teacher, she has an ability to balance exhortation and revelation from God’s Word with practical application. She calls this the "Just Do It" clause. Her approach is to be honest, vulnerable, and transparent with her audience.


Lady Di’s passion is to see people make a conscious effort to change from brokenness to wholeness, through the Word of God. She inspires and challenges you to first look inward and then upwards for God’s direction. One of her greatest objectives is to see people walk in the fullness of their gifts, calling and God-given dreams.