Pastor lawrence

Pastor Lawrence Williams is a native of Queens, New York and the son of Delores and the late Stephen E. Williams, Sr.  He accepted Christ and became heavily involved in youth and adult ministry at an early age.

In 2003, he was ordained as a licensed minister in the Church of God In Christ (COGIC) at the Word of Faith Church in Elmira, New York where he faithfully served as the Director of Finance and Minister of Music.  In 2004, Pastor Lawrence and his family relocated to Mooresville, North Carolina, where they attended Christian Outreach of the Piedmont Church in Statesville, North Carolina.  In December 2005, under the oversight of Glen J. Usry, Pastor of Christian Outreach Church, Pastor Lawrence founded and established Lake Norman Christian Outreach Church.  In 2014 Pastor Lawrence was credentialed as an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God.  In 2015 the ministry transitioned into Higher Purpose.

Pastor Lawrence holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and a Masters's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Wake Forest University.

He is a gifted teacher of the Word and believes in empowerment through education.  Pastor Lawrence is an entrepreneur who encourages and instructs others to create their own businesses in order to obtain financial freedom.  As part of his ministry, he has presented numerous seminars on Money Management and Church Finances.

Pastor Lawrence uses a practical style of preaching to bring biblically-based, life-changing principles to everyday living.  His comedic style and dynamic presentations serve not only to inform, but to motivate others toward life changes.

It is his firm belief that ministry begins at home.  Pastor Lawrence lives this belief with his wife, Dr. TanYa Gwathmey Williams, and two daughters, Victoria and Arianna.

Lady tanYa

Dr TanYa Gwathmey-Williams is a native of King William, Virginia.  She lived in Virginia throughout her young adulthood, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry from Hampton University, followed by a Master's of Science in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology from Eastern Virginia Medial School.  She then moved to New York, where she obtained her doctorate in Reproductive Physiology from Cornell University.  It was during that time when she met and married the love of her life, Pastor Lawrence Williams.  They moved to North Carolina 2004, and attended Christian Outreach of the Piedmont Church in Statesville, under the direction of Bishop Glen Usry before founding Lake Norman Christian Outreach (which we now know today as Higher Purpose Church).  

Dr. Gwathmey-Williams is a professor at Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she performs clinical research in the areas of hypertension, kidney and cardio metabolic disease.  She has served as an academic mentor to numerous students and is a strong proponent of science education, outreach and training.  

As the First Lady of this church, she serves in many capacities, especially directing the ministries of Christian Education and Creative Arts (including dance and drama).  First Lady TanYa is passionate about helping people to grow in their personal relationship with Christ, and using biblical principles to build marriage and family relationships.  She and Pastor Lawrence have been married since 2003, and have two daughters; Victoria and Arianna.

our dream team

  • Lawrence



    Daniel has been leading our church for over 10 years. His thoughtful teaching, passion for the Word and counseling experience has helped our ministry grow into the thriving community of believers we are today. 


  • Dr. Tanya Williams

    creative ministries

    Jason came on board two years ago to help lead our community groups. He sees his primary role is to equip the community group leaders to lead their individual groups in the way and manner God has called them to.

  • monta' 


    church Facilitator

    When Lisa began working with our youth group, it consisted of only a handful of high schoolers and a dozen junior highers. Less than a year later, we have had the privilege of seeing this small ministry grow and flourish under her direction. 


  • As well as being the one holding the office together on a daily basis, Elisa leads our Women’s Ministry in weekly Bible studies, prayer meetings and community outreach activities.