Meet Our Pastors
"The Spirit of the Lord is on Me. He has put His hand on Me to preach the Good News to poor people. He has sent Me to heal those with a sad heart. He has sent Me to tell those who are being held that they can go free. He has sent Me to make the blind to see and to free those who are held because of trouble." Luke 4:18 (NLV)
Pastor Elisha R. Lawson, Jr. is a native of Kinston, North Carolina. He is the Senior Pastor and visionary of Jesus World Outreach Center (JWOC). Pastor Lawson is a man of confidence, commitment, compassion, communication and good conduct. He is a true shepherd who leads, guides, protects and provides for his flock.
At the age of 18, Pastor Lawson enlisted with the United States Army, where he served honorably, before retiring in 1995. Through Pastor Lawson, Jesus World Outreach Center was birthed in 1986. He provides leadership to Pastors partnered with JWOC in Germany and the United States and participates in regular mission support in the Philippines, India, Kenya and Uganda. Pastor Lawson is also the founder of the Real Men’s Conference (RMC) held annually in Heidelberg, Germany. Other RMCs are hosted in the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa.
Pastor Lawson is blessed with numerous talents. He released his first album, Light, in 1993 and produced another, The Outreach Family Project. His radio broadcasts reach millions in Southeast Asia and Africa, as does his TV broadcasts to millions in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and the United States. Not only is he an anointed speaker of the Word of God, but Pastor Lawson is also an author with two publications to his credit entitled, Did I Really Get Saved?and It’s About Vision, Not People.
Away from JWOC, Pastor Lawson is addressed as Apostle Lawson. When he is on the mission field, Pastor Lawson operates under a strong apostolic anointing with signs and wonders following him. His World Outreach Mission Field Ministry reaches out to countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to include, but not limited to: Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, India, Philippines, Switzerland, England and the USA.
Pastor Lawson is an avid sportsman with a passion for keeping fit and healthy. Furthermore, he is a “Do It Yourself” enthusiast, a talented craftsman. Pastor Lawson is married to Co-Pastor Phyllis Lawson, his wife of over 30 years. He is the father of three robust boys, Jamal, Elisha and Elijah; two grandsons, Caleb and Isaac, and two granddaughters, Aryanna and Alycia.
Pastor Phyllis D. Lawson is a native of Gary, Indiana and the eldest of three children. She provides ministerial and administrative oversight to all auxiliaries as Co-Pastor and Executive Administrator of Jesus World Outreach Center (JWOC).
The qualifications and justifications for the call that God has on Pastor Phyllis' life is based on Isaiah 61:1 -
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound".
Pastor Phyllis has a heart for people, constantly seeking ways to empower them through the Word of God. She is the founder of the annual Real Women's Conference, hosting renowned speakers and artists. In addition, Pastor Phyllis conducts seminars that address women’s issues such as low self-esteem, stress, discouragement, anxiety, purpose and vision.
Pastor Phyllis is greatly gifted in the performing arts. She is the founder of Acts Productions, a drama ministry. Furthermore, Pastor Phyllis is an avid songwriter and choreographer; she is director of JWOC's Judah Dance Ministry. She has authored several skits and plays that include Single’s Cry and The Prodigal Son. Pastor Phyllis is the writer of The Well, a short story based on the biblical story of the woman at the well in John 4:1-42.
Pastor Phyllis enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Pastor Elisha Lawson, Senior Pastor of Jesus World Outreach Center. Out of this union they have three robust boys, Jamal, Elisha and Elijah; two grandsons, Caleb and Isaac, and two granddaughters, Aryanna and Alycia.
Reaching People to Reach the World
Since being at JWOC I have been challenged to uproot the generational curses or seeds that were planted in youth that was causing me to go through cyclic storms in my life such as pride, wanting to be in control, self-will.
I am an over overcome and I’ve purposed in my heart to walk in the process of change (repentance). The process has always been emphasized since I started here at JWOC and that is prayer, the Word and fasting. The more time I spend in God’s presence the more He changes me. This year’s life truth on "Absolute Surrender, Making Jesus Lord”, just really helped me settle it in my heart that my life is HIS LIFE.
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