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Our Minister

Our Minister

Lawrence W. Rodgers is the Ministering Evangelist(Senior Minister) of the Westside Church of Christ in Baltimore, MD. since November of 2013.  Lawrence is married to his wife Bettae, and they have one daughter who brings them great joy and happiness. The Rodgers have a deep passion for encouraging multi-ethnic communities and cross-generational ministries.  Lawrence was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina and Bettae in Atlanta, GA. They met at a church event in North Carolina and have been best friends ever since.

Lawrence is a graduate of Harding University where he studied Bible and Ministry and graduated at the top of his class with honors including the Most Outstanding Bible and Ministry Major. Lawrence is a recent 2017 graduate of Howard University School of Divinity with his Master’s of Divinity. He graduated at the top of his class, and with the following honors: The Biblical Scholarship Award for excelling in biblical and theological studies. The Donald Barton Prize for most likely to succeed in Pastoral Leadership, and the Delores Carpenter Award for “exemplifying the highest levels of academic achievement and embodying the commitment to do justice, love mercy, and walking humbly with God.”

Lawrence is also an author and plans on continuing to write for the sake of the edification of the people of God and the propagation of God’s righteousness and justice.  The Rodgers are also dedicated to the continued architecture of the beloved community.  Furthermore, the Rodgers believes that acts of compassion are synonymous with our Christian walk: therefore, social compassion is paramount to meeting the call of Christ and discipleship.

Lawrence has been involved in speaking engagements at many congregations across the nation and abroad. He also serves as the guest lecturer at various universities.  He has many years of diverse ministerial experience.  He plans to continue to implement the ministerial vision that has been laid upon his heart. Lawrence plans to continue to encourage the church locally and at large to realize its potential and its heavenly call to be a refuge for the afflicted, broken, and the lost, consequently being an advocate both vocally and in praxis for the oppressed and marginalized. Ultimately, Lawrence believes the church on earth is to be a glimpse of the church in Heaven which is a beloved community.

Lawrence W. Rodgers