Bishop Paul N. Lawrence Passes Away

Press Release

Bishop Paul N. Lawrence was born June 7, 1931 and received his eternal reward on January 7, 2016.

He accepted God’s saving grace in 1948 and was sanctified in 1949. Brother Lawrence experienced the blessing of Holy Ghost baptism a few years later in 1952. He had been a member of the Church for over sixty-five years.

In the Church of God of Prophecy, he served as a pastor and District Overseer. He also held state appointments during his years of ministry.

Brother Lawrence renewed his covenant with The Church of God at the Solemn Assembly on July 24, 1993. His ministry continued as he pastored in Arkansas until as recently as 2014. He also served as State Overseer of Arkansas and Missouri (1993-2004) as well as Kansas and Nebraska (1997-2004). The Church of God is thankful for the dedication of love and service that Brother Lawrence gave during his life. Only God holds the account of the number of souls touched by his life and ministry.

Brother Lawrence was married to Clara Staggs Lawrence. Together, they had two children – Debbie Wilcox and Terry Lawrence. Prayers are requested for Brother Lawrence’s wife, children, and other family members, that God will grant them special grace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM CST at Emerson Memorial Chapel on Monday, January 11, 2016 with Gary Barker, Dewayne Smith, and Danny Gartman officiating. The family will receive visitors prior to the funeral from 9:30-11:00 AM on Monday.