Mark Brian Lawrence, Sr.
Senior Pastor - Kingdom First Ministries International
Pastor Mark and Sister Dawn Lawrence
To say that Mark Lawrence
has a passion for ministry is a gross understatement.
Anyone who has spent any time with Mark
can tell you, touching the hearts of people is what he
More than anything else, Mark desires to see the gifts, talents and abilities of youth discovered and developed to its fullest potential.
Mark Brian Lawrence, Sr. was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, where he graduated high school.
He later graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he majored in Telecommunications.
It was during his
time at ORU
acknowledged the call of God on his
life to minister the Gospel.
After undergrad, Mark
moved to Los Angeles, California and attended Crenshaw Christian Center
under Dr. Fred Price.
enrolled in their School of Ministry, and completed their two year Pastoral Training.
After relocating to Virginia, Mark served as Youth Pastor and Senior Staff Pastor at Calvary Revival Church in Norfolk for sixteen years.
During that time, Mark began ministering in Norfolk's Youth Detention Facility, while also serving as a Chaplain on Norfolk's Police Department.
In 1992 after reading a book on chastity, Mark
developed a Bible-based abstinence program for the youth in his
Over the last fourteen years, over 2000 teens and parents have graduated from Mark's
"Trained To Abstain" course, and participated in the Promise Ceremony.
In May of 2004 Mark graduated from Regent University, receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Communications.
Later in 2004, Mark Lawrence Ministries was incorporated, with the goal to take the message of the gospel to youth through film and live theatrical productions.
In November of 2007, Mark was ordained by Dr. Myles Munroe, Senior Pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries, and Board Chairman of the International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA).
resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with wife of 22 years, Dr. Dawn Lawrence, and their two teenage sons Mark Jr. & Micah Brandon.