Knoxville Area Urban League Staff
Dr. Charles F. Lomax, JR.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Charles F. Lomax Jr. is President & CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. As the Chief Executive, Charles leads the organization's aim of “Empowering Communities. Changing Lives.” by providing opportunities in the areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, Health, Housing, Jobs and Justice.
Prior to joining the Urban League in December of 2022, Charles was the Director of Community Empowerment for the City of Knoxville where he oversaw the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, the Police Advisory and Review Committee, the Empower Knox Initiative, the African American Equity Restoration Taskforce, and the city’s Title VI Office. He has also previously been employed by the Knoxville Leadership Foundation and the Knox County Election Commission. Additionally, he serves as the Senior Pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church located in Alcoa, Tennessee, and has partnered with congregation and community since February of 2012.
A proponent of education, Lomax received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2018, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Morehouse School of Religion at Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2006.
Dr. Lomax sits on the boards of the American Heart Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Blount Mansion, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Knoxville. He has the distinction of being recognized in Knoxville’s 2020 grouping of 40 Under 40, Leadership Knoxville Class of 2021, and was the 2022 Diversity Champion Award Winner from the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission. He is a former Commissioner on the Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission, a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and a member of the NAACP.