Rev. Lawrence Powers became Senior Pastor of Benson Baptist Church in January 2020, but is no stranger to Johnson County. Lawrence graduated from Smithfield Selma Senior High School in Smithfield and spent many years in the area while a student at Campbell University.
Lawrence began his ministry tenure serving with teenagers and college students in congregational settings, most recently serving as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of North Carolina Campus Minister for the Raleigh Area, at UNC Chapel Hill and as the Baptist Chaplain at Duke University. He is a graduate of Campbell University (B.A. in Religious Studies, 2009, M.Div., 2013). He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree at Campbell.
Lawrence believes deeply in the future of the local church as we follow the call of Christ to love deeply and serve well. He is excited to join the community at Benson Baptist as we seek to serve each other, the community, and the world.
Lawrence is married to Heather, a Certified Athletic Trainer and together they have two sons, one daughter, two dogs, and a feisty beta fish.