MEET OUR STAFF
Pastor L. Paul Lawson, PhD
Pastor Paul is a native-born Jamaican with roots in Pentecostal, Wesleyan and Liberation Theology traditions. He earned his graduate degrees from Wheaton College [Illinois] (MA) and the University of Chicago (MA, PhD.). His areas of specialization are Education, Religion, and Philosophy. Dr. Lawson is passionate about confronting the forces of oppression and victimization, and leading in the search for God in an age of secularism. A devoted husband and father, he spends most of his spare time in genealogy, cooking, and reggae music. An avid student of history and culture, our pastor believes that “the church has often lost her credibility and relevance in society, not just because of her imperfections, but because of her inability to relate to those who are voiceless and her unwillingness to apologize for her role in the demise of the ‘least of these.’”
Raised in the Winter Haven area and the fifth of nine children, Catherine Means is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She is an ordained minister serving under the capable leadership and ministry of Drs. Alonzo T. and Sandra Gay of Winter Haven, FL. Her passion to serve people combined with her many skills and talents allow her to facilitate building the environment, where she works. Catherine is a graduate of Winter Haven High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Destiny University. She is working toward completion of her masters and doctoral degrees. Catherine is retired from 30 years in the medical field, but continues to serve her church (Acts Ministries, Inc.) as an executive board member, the overseer of the Spiritual Welfare Seminars, and the director of the Personal Ministry Department. Catherine is a firm believer that the Holy Bible is the word of God and “what God’s word says, it means!” She also believes that in whatever area God places you, do your best – nothing half-hearted will do.
219 E. Merrill Avenue,
Dundee, Florida 33838