A story in every sense of the word is one filled with complex characters, twist and turns, an antagonist, and an ending that culminates with resolution and joy. Of course, ours is no different, only in the sense, that our story is still being written-moment by moment and day by day. But through every line- Jesus Christ has been the central character- orchestrating every step of the way. Our story is unique in that God chose two of the most unlikely people to Pastor a congregation that is unique in every way. Our Pastorate is grounded in the belief that 21st century ministry requires 21st century methods. Thus our church has been most aptly nicknamed, “The Church of the Difference.”
Our story is one founded on friendship, mutual advocacy, a common love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is this common love that enables us to lead our congregation towards achieving this same passion for Christ-keeping him central to their lives. A decade of marriage has given us insight into the challenges that will come but certainly greater insight on the Godly principles that are necessary to overcome these challenges. As Pastors, we know that being a part of a unique blended family has allowed us to appreciate the importance of the family structure and given us a deeper anointing to minister to the family unit.
Our story is one of overcoming. For Christ instructs us that we are “more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).” A few paragraphs would not be sufficient to detail these challenges, tests, disappointments, etc, but it can be summarized in the simple terms- we have had some defeats but our victories have been many- testifying to the goodness of Jesus. It is this central tenet with which we instruct our congregation on how to lead victorious lives- characterized by moments of reflection-strengthened by the recognition of God’s unmerited grace.
Our story is one of development. The fact that the Bible teaches us to “press towards the mark (Philippians 3:14).”We are tenacious in our exploits in achieving what we know the Lord has set before us.” We believe in the endless possibilities that will allow us to achieve magnanimous things. Through team ministry, we have sustained a ‘family feel’ church that offers practical solutions to 21st century personal challenges.
As a couple, we are each other’s best friend. We enjoy spending time with one other, laughing- doing everyday things. Moreover, we also enjoy spending time with the people who we are so privileged to serve. We savor every moment -understanding that to serve people of all cultures, races, ethnicity and social backgrounds is the greatest gift that we can ever be given.
Overseer David and Pastor Michele Lawe
Overseer David Lawe
Overseer David Lawe is a modern day visionary, global influencer and business owner. He has been in ministry for over two decades and currently serves as the Senior Pastor of The City of Grace (a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual ministry) which he and his wife most affectionately refers to as "The Church of the Difference.”
His ministry is earmarked by powerful preaching, humor, anointed delivery, and a relevant demonstration of the principles of God. He is the living epitome of the scripture,” Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6. In 2016, he and his wife gained international momentum by being the founder of an additional church (The City of Grace-Kingston) located in Kingston, Jamaica.
As an overseer; he is currently responsible for three churches in three different locations. The headquarter church in Brooklyn, New York, a second location in Kingston, Jamaica, a covering to a church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a conglomerate of other autonomous ministries that look to Him for Apostolic leadership.
He completed his undergraduate studies with an emphasis in Corporate Communication with a Bachelor of Arts at Baruch College. He also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Pastoral Studies from Fordham University.
Overseer Lawe’s mission is to create a Christ-centered church which meets the needs of people holistically (spirit, mind and body).
He is the husband of Executive Pastor Michele Lawe who assists him diligently in leading the ministries. They are the proud parents of three, as well as Spiritual parents to many others.
Pastor Michele Lawe
Pastor Michele Lawe, is a wife, mother, mentor, prophet, conference host and cutting edge preacher whose authentic personality and regal presence has impacted the lives of many. She currently serves as the Executive Pastor of The City Of Grace (a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual ministry), in Brooklyn, New York.
Her ministry is characterized mostly by her love for people, advocacy of emotional health, as well as spiritual and soul wellness. Her down to earth attitude and her ability to "keep it real” is a natural magnet for people from all walks of life. Executive Pastor Lawe is a powerful communicator of the word of truth to a generation indifferent towards the Church and the message of the Gospel.
With over two decades of ministry experience in which she’s held a plethora of distinct roles; she has ministered extensively to women and delivers a nontraditional, provocative, and radical word which causes women to actively discover their true identity in God.
She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science at Medgar Evers College and is a registered nurse. Pastor Lawe also received her Doctorate of Ministry degree from Community Bible Institute.
Executive Pastor Lawe along with her husband, Overseer David Lawe are the co-founders of the City of Grace, Kingston, Jamaica location. Devoted to the vision of the ministry; she possesses a robust desire to mobile her local church to build the city through God. She endeavors to have the presence and power of God leave an indelible mark in her city and cites all over.
Her greatest desire is to serve God and be an agent of change wherever she may go! She is the mother of three as, well as a myriad of spiritual sons and daughters both locally and internationally.