Reverend Timothy “Tim” 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. Initially kind-hearted and ambitious, Lovejoy has become apathetic towards others because of Ned Flanders’s constant asinine scrupulosity.
Lovejoy is the pastor of the Western Branch of American Reform Presbylutheranism First Church of Springfield, which most of the show’s characters regularly attend. He attended Texas Christian University. He initially came to Springfield in the 1970s as an eager, enthusiastic, young man, only to become cynical and disillusioned about his ministry, mostly due to Ned Flanders, who constantly pesters him with minor issues such as “coveting his own wife” or thinking that he “swallowed a toothpick”. Lovejoy would deal with Flanders’ concerns very briefly, so that he could return to playing with his model trains. At one point, Lovejoy “just stopped caring”, but rediscovered the joy of helping others, though Ned still irritates him. Lovejoy even suggests Ned join another religion, as “they are all pretty much the same”. In the season two episode “Homer vs. Lisa and the 8th Commandment”, Lovejoy helps Lisa with her family’s illegal cable hookup. His sermons vary between dreary recitations of more opaque parts of the Old Testament, to the occasional “fire and brimstone” about Hell.