Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Reverend William A. Lawson

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 5/22/2024, 3:34 p.m.
In March of 1962, thirteen pioneering worshipers gathered at Texas Southern University’s Baptist Student Union lounge. Their mission was to …
Rev. William A. Lawson, Pastor Emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church

In March of 1962, thirteen pioneering worshipers gathered at Texas Southern University’s Baptist Student Union lounge. Their mission was to create a place where the worship of God and service to mankind could harmoniously coexist. This noble initiative gave birth to what we now know as Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, a beacon of faith and hope in Houston. Over the years, this congregation has grown from the steadfast original thirteen to a flourishing community of over 12,000 members, thanks to the unwavering grace of God.

Today, we mourn the passing of Reverend William Alexander “Bill” Lawson, a distinguished civil rights leader and beloved pastor. Rev. Lawson, who peacefully passed away at the age of 95, leaves behind a monumental legacy that continues to inspire generations. A contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Lawson was a formidable advocate for justice and equality. His tireless efforts on the front lines of the civil rights movement have left an indelible mark on society, and his unwavering integrity and courage will never be forgotten.

Honoring Reverend Lawson's Legacy

The community is invited to join in honoring Rev. Lawson's extraordinary life and contributions through a series of services. These events will allow friends, family, and admirers to pay their respects and celebrate his life:

Thursday, May 23rd:

Lying in State: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Community Service of Celebration: 6:00 PM

Friday, May 24th:

Congregational Service of Celebration: 11:00 AM

All services will be held at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, located at 3826 Wheeler Ave, Houston, TX 77004.

A Gathering of Influential Figures

Reverend Lawson's impact on the civil rights movement and his dedication to social justice have touched countless lives. Dignitaries and prominent figures from across the nation, including Houston's current and former mayors, will gather to pay their respects. This esteemed assembly underscores the profound influence Rev. Lawson had on individuals and communities far and wide.

A Legacy of Faith and Justice

Reverend Lawson’s journey with Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church is a testament to his faith and dedication to service. From its humble beginnings to a congregation of thousands, his leadership and vision have been instrumental in guiding the church's mission. His work extended beyond the church walls, making significant strides in the fight for civil rights and equality for all.

As we come together to celebrate the life of Reverend William A. Lawson, we remember his unwavering commitment to justice, his profound faith, and his compassionate heart. His legacy will continue to inspire and guide us in our own pursuits of equality and service to others.

 Join Us in Celebration

We invite the Houston community and beyond to join us in celebrating the life of a true hero. Reverend Lawson’s legacy is not just one of past accomplishments but a continuing call to action for justice and equality. Let us honor his memory by striving to build the inclusive and equitable world he envisioned.

For more details, visit Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church’s website WheelerBC.org