Dec. 17, 1989
Returning Series
30 min.
FOX TV Network

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The Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, also known as Reverend Lovejoy, is the local Reverend in Springfield, voiced by Harry Shearer.

Rev. Lovejoy is the Pastor of the Church (of uncertain Protestant denomination, mentioned as "The Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism" in "The Father, The Son, and The Holy Guest Star") that almost everyone in Springfield dutifully attends. In one episode, Dr Hibbert and his family (who are among the wealthiest in town) decide to attend the First A.M.E. Church of Springfield. In earlier episodes Lovejoy is sometimes seen with a Catholic Priest's cassock. He is the Man of God, a motorist and a marriage counselor.

In the episode "Like Father Like Clown", it is revealed that he may be friends with Rabbi Hyman Krustofski because they do a radio show together about religion. His biggest competitors are the NFL, warm beds on a Sunday morning and cable.

In the episode In Marge We Trust, he describes how he initially came to Springfield an eager, idealistic young man in the seventies, only to become cynical and disillusioned about his flock and ministry, mostly due to Ned Flanders, who constantly pesters him with such non-emergencies as coveting his own wife. Lovejoy would dispatch such concerns with maximum brevity so that he could return to playing with his model trains (his true passion), and in one case, his dessert. He wrote a book called Hell:It's Not Just for Christians Anymore and a pamphlet called Satan's Boners

Regarding his ministry, he once explained to Marge, "I just stopped caring. Fortunately by that time it was the eighties, and no one noticed." Lovejoy demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the Bible, citing parables such as the "foolish man who built his house on sand" in Homer the Heretic, in an attempt to warn Homer against the dangers of founding a self-serving "religion". Homer retorts with a random passage of his own, which Lovejoy cites immediately as having no relevance to the discussion. Homer then tries in vain to cover himself by saying, "Yeah ... think about it!" His hobby is toy trains.

His sermons currently vary between dreary recitations of more opaque parts of the Old Testament, to the occasional "fire and brimstone" scaremongering about Hell — and very little of the love and joy that the Reverend's surname suggests. When congregation members begin to nod off, Lovejoy can awaken them by pressing a button on his lectern resulting in pre-recorded sounds, including an eagle, an ambulance siren, a disco whistle and a blimp attack. The church building is a clone of the one seen in the film The Graduate. He has his dog do his "dirty business" on Ned Flanders lawn.

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