Reverend A. Leon (Lee) Tredwell is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and is the son of the late Leon C. and Berdine H. Wells Tredwell. He is a graduate of Norview High School, completing his first two years of college at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va. Lee received his Bachelor of Science degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and his Master of Arts degree from United Seminary St. Paul, Minnesota.
Rev. Tredwell recently earned his Ph.D. in Religion and Social Change from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. Lee’s dissertation entitled: “Black, Queer and Blessed: Toward a Black, Biblically Based Black Queer, Narrative of Leadership, pushes the intellectual boundaries of biblical scholarship by expositing a previously ignored “queer” biblical character – Ebed-Melech.
A Lecturer at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he teaches 21st Century Leadership, Lee also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Iliff School of Theology, where he is noted for his course in African American Preaching. In August of 2016, Lee was re-ordained at Calvary Baptist Church of Denver as an openly “queer” Black male.
Lee is the father of three adult children and grandfather of four.