Pastor Lawrence L. Young is a native of Varnado, Louisiana. His proud parents are Climel and the late, beloved Dorothy Young. He is a graduate of Dillard University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science. Pastor Young then attended Gammon Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree. He has also completed extensive study and practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling through the Doctoral Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He was ordained as a Deacon of the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1990 and as an Elder in 1992.
Pastor Lawrence Young was the founding pastor of Abundant Life United Methodist Church in Lufkin, Texas where he served for 12 years. While serving in Lufkin, Pastor Young focused on serving youth and children of the low-income community. He established a community-wide Summer Camp which provided daily supervision and activities for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old. Pastor Young also served as mentor and counselor for the Middle and High schools of Lufkin.
In June of 2003, Pastor Young was appointed Senior Pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, where he served for 5 years. While at Jones Memorial UMC, Pastor Young and his congregation moved from “Holloway to A Higher Way” by successfully completing the first phase of their new building project, the Jones Memorial “Higher Way” Church Multi-purpose Center. He also established Jones Memorial’s 501C(3) for The Sunnyside Community Development Corporation. He was featured in The Book of Alzheimer’s for African-American Churches as one of the first African-American pastors to help address issues and create awareness on Alzheimer’s in the African-American Church. An Alzheimer’s support group was established at Jones Memorial under his leadership.
In September 2008, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie appointed Pastor Young to serve the Central South District of the Texas Conference as District Superintendent. Out of his own experiences growing up in rural Louisiana, Pastor Young began to emphasize “The Open Refrigerator” policy throughout the Central South District. Under his leadership, this spirit of open sharing has led to many partnerships and collaborations among the churches in the Central South District. It has also yielded positive growth and significant changes throughout the district and conference in the development of Legacy Churches. Two successful, new church starts were also established--one of which specialized in ministry to families who have been affected by incarceration. Pastor Young became known as a ‘Pastor’s Pastor’ as he mentored, listened, encouraged and advocated on their behalf.
In June 2014, Pastor Young was appointed by Bishop B. Michael Watson, as the proud Senior Pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia where he became a member of the North Georgia Conference in full connection. He is a humble servant of God’s people. His vision is to impact the entire community through effective ministry. He truly has a pastor’s heart as he teaches and models to all with his giving, loving spirit and Christian life style that will draw others to Christ.
Pastor Young is happily married to his devoted wife, Karen L. Young. He has two sons, Blair and Jeremy.