Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Lawrence L. Young


Pastor Lawrence L. Young was the District Superintendent for the Central South District of the Texas Conference.  He is a native of Bogalusa, Louisiana, and a graduate of Dillard University.  He is also a graduate of Gammon Theological Seminary, at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree.  He has completed extensive study and practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling through the Doctoral Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Evanston, Illinois.  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 Young was the founding pastor of Abundant Life United Methodist Church in Lufkin, Texas, where he served for 12 years. While in Lufkin, he focused on serving the youth and children of the low-income community. In 2003, Pastor Young was appointed Senior Pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served for 5 years. While at Jones, he 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 was also featured in the 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.

In 2008, Bishop Janice Riggle Huie appointed Pastor Young to serve the Central South District of the Texas Conference as District Superintendent. Under his leadership, the spirit of open sharing has led to many partnerships and collaborations among the churches of the Central South District.

Bishop B. Michael Watson, Resident Bishop of the North Georgia Annual Conference appointed Pastor Young to serve as senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Pastor Young accepted his new appointment in June 2014.


Pastor Young is married to Karen L. Young. Mrs. Young, a former first grade teacher, is currently a Guidance Counselor.Pastor Young has two adult sons, Blair and Jeremy. .