Reverend Timothy Lovejoy

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The Reverend Timothy Lovejoy is a recurring character in the animated television series The Simpsons. He is voiced by Harry Shearer, and first appeared in the episode "The Telltale Head". Lovejoy is the minister at The First Church of Springfield — the Protestant church in Springfield which most of the show's characters regularly attend. Initially kind-hearted and ambitious, Lovejoy has become apathetic towards others because of Ned Flanders's constant personal worries.

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Lovejoy is the pastor of the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism[1] church that almost everyone in Springfield attends. In "Father, Son and Holy Guest Star" there is a fight between churches, Protestantism and Catholicism.

He attended Texas Christian University.[2] He initially came to Springfield an eager, idealistic, guitar-playing,[3][4] Volkswagen Karmann Ghia-driving 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 religious non-emergencies such as "coveting his own wife or sometimes non-religious non-emergencies such as thinking he swallowed a toothpick."[3] Lovejoy would dispatch such concerns with maximum brevity so that he could return to playing with his model trains. At one point, Lovejoy "just stopped caring,"[3] but rediscovered the joy of helping others, though Ned still irritates him.[3] Lovejoy even suggests Ned join another religion, as Lovejoy says they are all much the same.

His sermons currently vary between dreary recitations of more opaque parts of the Old Testament,[5] to the occasional "fire and brimstone" about Hell,[6] with very little of the love and joy that his surname suggests. When congregation members begin to nod off, Lovejoy can awaken them by pressing a button on the lectern which results in pre-recorded irritating noises.

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