Pastor Clara Lett's Bio
Pastor Clara Lett is a native of Newton County and is the founder and Pastor of Rainbow Covenant Ministries, Inc. and Rainbow Community Center, Inc.
Pastor Clara Lett, is married to Deacon Troy Lett. They have been married for 40 blessed years. They are the proud parents of Connie Hector (Ricky), Valerie Hardge (Joseph), and Horace T. Heard (Cheryl). They have eleven grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.
In the early 70’s Pastor Lett worked as a nurse's aid with the Clinical Arts Nursing Services, owned by Mrs. Jan Sherwood-Osborne. She was later promoted to the position of salesperson supervisor over the agency's new cleaning service. In 1985, when Mrs. Sherwood-Osborne retired she gave the business to Paster Lett. With over 16 employees plus part-time staff, Lett was able to expand the business to over 25 contracts which included residential homes, office buildings, new construction, and industrial buildings. Before closing the business in 2010 Pastor Lett had successfully managed contracts with the City of Covington, Newton County, the state of Georgia, and the federal government.
She was licensed to preach and teach on May 28, 1989, started Rainbow Covenant Ministries in February 1993 was ordained as a pastor on May 5, 1993. She attended the School of Prophesy Bible College and Carver Bible College. She graduated with two degrees in Urban Ministry and Biblical Education from Beulah Bible College. She has been pastoring for 28 years. She is not only a pastor but also a visionary.
It was her vision, against all odds, to provide living accommodations for those less fortunate. Her most recent venture is the Garden of Gethsemane Homeless Shelter. Pastor Lett spends countless hours serving those in need of her services. Through the shelter, she has served over 30,000 individuals, providing them with clothes, food, shelter, and most importantly, the Word of God.
Pastor Lett is dedicated to providing a place of peace and comfort for those finding themselves without a permanent, safe, decent, affordable place to live. Her love for children is evident through her interaction with the children residing in the shelter. She makes a special effort to provide programs and activities for the children in the shelter. She believes the present and future generation deserves the opportunity to become productive citizens and assume the mantle of leadership. Therefore, every effort must be made to ensure that these (our) children do not become the next victims of a poverty-stricken society. Pastor Lett has made it her mission to encourage government agencies, community leaders, businesses, and other churches to become more involved with the issues of the homeless.
Under Pastor Lett’s pastorate she has implemented the following ministries: Take Me Back Home Ministry, the Re-Entry Prison Ministry in Newton County, a community
Food Pantry, Rainbow Community Center, and the Meals on Wheels.
She is the recipient of many prestigious awards: I Have a Dream, Award of Gratitude, Outstanding Service Award, Legend in Faith-Based Leadership Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha –Chi Tau Omega Chapter, Humanitarian Award, and the Newton County Ministers’ Union Award.
She has served on the Board of Choices for Children, Newton County Juvenile Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and is currently a Chaplain for Newton Medical Hospital for 23 years.
Pastor Lett was the first African American female to start a church in Newton County. She is the vice-president of the Newton County Minister Union. Also, a member of IMPACT (Interdenominational Movement for Pastors Accountability) for Newton and Rockdale County.
Pastor Lett is truly a woman of faith and allows the power of God’s presence to permeate her life. One of her favorite sayings is “I can’t save the world but let me die trying”. One of her favorite scriptures is Isaiah 1:19 “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.”