Artis Lovelady, III is the Director of Library Services and Adjunct Professor at CBS(17 years – 2012) and is also the founder & Pastor of the Word of Grace Missionary Baptist Church (30 years - 2013), located in southwest Houston. He has been married to Carol Lovelady for 35 years and has 4 children: Crystal, Artis IV, Dorothy, Christopher “David” and 2 grandkids. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He attended school at Houston Bible Institute (Bible Certificate), College of Biblical Studies (Associates of Biblical Studies), LeTourneau University (Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management), Sam Houston State University (Masters of Library Science), Dallas Theological Seminary (Masters of Christian Education), Houston Community College (Real Estate License), University of Houston, Texas Southern University (2 ½ years in Drafting and Technology) and attended high school at Jack Yates Senior High School in Houston, Texas.
He has been the guest speaker and teacher at numerous and various churches and organizations including church marriage retreats, men’s retreats, men’s and couples Vacation Bible School classes, teen Vacation Bible School classes, Bible study research workshops for churches, foreign missions workshops, U.B.A. workshops, Teach Conference workshops, H.A.C.E. (Houston Area Christian Educators) workshops, and was Minister of the Week in the Houston Defender.
Before entering the ministry he was the first African-American to become a Senior Electro-Mechanical Design Draftsman for Schlumberger Well Services in 1982 where he worked for 8 ½ years. In 1983 he organized and is now pastor of the Word of Grace Missionary Baptist Church. He has taught “Biblical Research” at CBS and currently he co-teaches “Advance Research and Writing”. He set up the Library at CBS when the school moved to their own property at 6000 Dale Carnegie in 1995, then called the Houston Bible Institute. His hobbies are woodworking, remodeling and construction.