Minister. Pastor. Bishop. Chief Apostle.
A man of many names, the story of Lamor Miller-Whitehead seems to be ever changing.
2022 Armed Robbery of Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead & Wife
Like the rest of the internet, this is the event that brought Bishop Whitehead to our attention, but it is certainly only the tip of this iceberg.
This event has been well covered by many media sources, but in summary, Bishop Whitehead and his wife were robbed of more than $1 million in jewelry and other possessions. According to reporting, three armed people entered the Leaders of Tomorrow church on Sunday, July 24th. The event was captured on video from inside the church on a livestream of the service.
Early Life & Background
Bishop Whitehead was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by his mother. His father was killed in 1978 when Whitehead was only six weeks old. Despite these challenges, Bishop was reportedly a celebrated athlete and received an athletic scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University where he studied Accounting and Videography.
It is unknown if he graduated from this university, I believe the use of the termed “studied” on his biography located at lotim.org is intentional.
Bishop completed his studies at New York Theological Institution of Raising Hope Inc and is a licensed New York State Chaplin and marriage and funeral officiant.
in 2013, Bishop founded Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministry.
According to this biography, Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead is married to Pastor Asia DosReis Whitehead and has three children.
Below the information about Whitehead and his wife, you can see images of LOTIM’s “Executive Staff,” which are clearly some stock photos of generic smiling people.
If looking at unfinished church websites is your jam, googling the names of one of these people may lead to a good time. My favorite thus far is a church using this same list of people with the addition of Frodo Baggins as Associate Pastor.
The lotichurches.org seems to be the newer, more complete website for Bishop Whitehead’s Church, now referred to as Leaders of Tomorrow International Churches. The biography is much of the same except for an extensive resume detailing Whitehead’s media appearances and work with current Mayor and former Brooklyn President Eric Adams.
In this biography, Asia is not named as Whitehead’s wife, but his now two children are named.
Beneath this information is a button called “Booking” although it just takes you to the lotichurches contact form.
Illegal Conviction and Overturned Sentence
According to Bishop Lamor Miller-Whitehead, “he was illegally convicted and sentenced to 11 and 1/3rd to 34 years in prison” but served 6 years and was “released after his sentence was overturned”. It is not mentioned in Whitehead’s profiles on his own websites or social media what exactly he was convicted of and why the conviction was illegal.
On June 30th, 2008, Lamar Whitehead (Lamar v Lamor spelling is something we are curious about) was convicted of scheme to defraud in the first degree, attempted grand larceny in the second degree, identity theft in the first degree (13 counts), and identity theft in the third degree (2 counts). Due to the number of counts involved in this case, I will trust Whitehead’s math on what he was initially sentenced to.
In 2011, Whitehead successfully appealed this sentence and it was modified so that some of the sentences would run concurrently with each other rather than consecutively as originally determined. His sentence was modified, and Whitehead was released sometime in 2013.
I do not personally know if using the language overturned versus modified is truly significant but I certainly feel like it is intentional and powerful.
As for this conviction being illegal, per claims by Whitehead, it’s clear that the court did not agree. Whitehead continued to fight this conviction when he sought a writ of habeas corpus, asserting that his trial lawyer was ineffective and that the court improperly admitted evidence of uncharged crimes and a witness’s unsworn testimony.
The petition for a writ of habeas corpus was denied in its entirety, the case was dismissed and a certificate of appealability was not issued.
Learn more about Whitehead’s conviction and appeals
The People, etc., respondent, v Lamar Whitehead, appellant
Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department, New York
Decided: May 17, 2011
United States District Court Easter District of New York
Feb 3, 2017
In the Media
Mink & Fleece; ‘High Roller’ Busted in $2m ID Theft by Kieran Crowely, New York Post, January 31, 2006
Life After Prison
After Bishop Whitehead left prison, he certainly seemed like a changed man and I never want to insinuate that a leopard cannot change it’s shorts. Most of the information will come from Bishop Whitehead’s websites or social media accounts that appear to belong to him.
In 2013, Lamor Whitehead founded Leaders of Tomorrow Ministry in Brooklyn, NY.
By May of 2014, Whitehead is already promoting events through Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn that are ”In Partnership with” Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. At this time, Lamor Whitehead is a Minister, first ordained by Bishop Albert Jamison of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church on July 6, 2007. Later in 2014 he would be ordained as a Pastor.
On March 10th, 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn Inc was filed in New York State.
In 2014, LOTB hosted other events including A Night of Worship: Saving Our Youth, Brooklyn Teen Summit 2014, and One Brooklyn Honors.
There is also a mention of something called a ”LOTB Programs Super User” which was ”COMING SOON”
In 2015, Pastor Whitehead was promoting Resurrecting Our Youth Gospel Explosion and heavily promoted that this even featured a performance by Ricky Dillard.
In February 2015, Ieshah Whitehead, formerly Ieshah Williams filled a Notice of Revocation of Power of Attorney, revoking any and all authority that may have been granted to Lamor Whitehead. This was in regards specifically to a property owned by Ieshah Whitehead located at 706 Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY. According to Ieshah, the Power of Attorney was a forgery.
The LOTB seemed to go through a lot of changes and in 2016 it was archived by the Wayback Machine but displayed mostly dummy content. Despite this, the about information is slightly different. He states that he graduated with his certificate in ministry in human services from the Theological Institution of Rising Hope Inc. He was also ordained as an elder and installed as a pastor by overseer Tracy Henderson’s Universal Temple Church of God.
Whitehead also began promoting his political connections more. Whitehead lists that ”he has done evangelistic events with Eric L. Adams, Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo, Councilman Robert Cornegy, Assembly Woman Latrice Walker, Councilman Charles Baron, and Counil Woman Inez Barron, such as Turkey Drives, Christmas Giveaways, Teen Summits”
After 2016, it appears that the Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn website goes dark. Both lotichurces.org and lotim.org are first archived in 2021, so what was Bishop Whiteheads primary internet presence from 2016 – 2021?
In March of 2016, Leaders of Tomorrow Brooklyn Ministry Corp was registered as a Not-For-Profit Corporation.
In May of 2017 a public Facebook page was made for Lamor M Whitehead, and later in June the name changed to Bishop Lamor M Whitehead.
Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries Inc
Leaders if Tomorrow International Ministries Inc was registered as a 501(c)(3) on April 22, 2020. It was registered at 922 Remsen Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.