Curtis L. West, Jr. was born and reared in the small town of Homer, Louisiana. He is the fourth of six children of the late Rev. Curtis L. West, Sr. and Dorothy Anne West. At the age of 13, he united with the Lane Chapel C.M.E. Church in Homer where he became active on the Local, District, Annual, and Episcopal levels of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He received numerous awards and recognition for his academic and religious accomplishments, which include: the Bishop C. D. Coleman Award for outstanding leadership and accomplishments on all levels of the C.M.E. church.
Curtis L. West, Jr. is a 1990 graduate of Homer High School in Homer, Louisiana. He graduated in 1995 from Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana with a B.A. degree in Psychology. In 1998, he received a Master of Divinity Degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Phillips School of Theology) in Atlanta, Georgia with a concentration in Christian Education. There, he was presented with the R.B. Shorts Pastoral Award and the B. Julian Smith Social Justice Award. Pastor West received earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Perkins School of Theology, in Dallas Texas in May of 2016.
Pastor West has proudly served as pastor of St. Rest, Spring Hill (North), and Carter Chapel C.M.E. churches of the Louisiana Annual Conference. In 1996, he was appointed to pastor the Israel C.M.E. Church in Cornelia, Georgia for two years and afterwards, he served Usher's Temple C.M.E. Church in Fort Valley, Georgia from 1998-2004. He served Bethel C.M.E. Church in Macon, GA from 2004-2010. He also served faithfully as a hospice chaplain from 2003-2010 for Vista Care and United Hospices of Macon, GA. In July, 2010, Pastor West returned to the Louisiana Region to serve as Presiding Elder of the Shreveport District and the pastor of Lane Chapel in Shreveport, LA. In July 2012, Bishop Thomas L. Brown, Sr. appointed Pastor West to the historic John R. Lynch Street C.M.E. Church in Jackson, MS.
Pastor West is an Ordained Elder in Full Connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. He serves as the Dean of Mississippi Leadership training School and serves on the Mississippi South Ministerial Examination Committee. He is involved with many organizations including the SCLC, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, NAACP, Optimist International Club, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and has served on many boards.
Pastor West was joined in blessed matrimony to Rev. Amarylis Didley of Augusta, Georgia and is the father of two lovely daughters, Cymone Alexandria and Lauryn Elizabeth, and one son, Curtis L. West, III.