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 O. 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 the Executive Pastor of The City Of Grace. With over two decades of ministry experience, Lady Lawe has held various ministry roles in the local church and is passionate about women and the issues confronting women in the 21st century. Her down to earth attitude and her ability to “keep it real” is a natural magnet for people from all walks of life. She has ministered extensively to women and delivers a word that heals broken hearts while ensuring that the local body understands that they must rise up and change their positions in life in order to become exactly what God has orchestrated them to be. Executive Pastor Lawe has many ministry gifts but she is first and foremost the executive administrator who works to strategically position the church to remain relevant in the 21st century. Additionally, Pastor Lawe walks in the prophetic and she gives direction that will move people into self-actualization. A leader in every sense of the word, she is able to mentor and develop many ministry gifts while maintaining her femininity, poise and grace. With almost two decades of marriage to Overseer David Lawe, this union is the epitome of couple’s ministry in the 21st century and has served as a blueprint for many young couples that are starting out in ministry.