BISHOP LAWRENCE R. ROBERTSON is a senior executive with success in ministry, team recruitment, building and management and strategic planning growth organizations.
A native of Hawkins, Texas, after graduating High School, he relocated to Oakland, California; became a born again believer and devoted his life to ministry. During this time he attended Merritt Community College earning his National Certified License from the American Registry of Radiological Technologists. Shortly thereafter he was drafted into the United States Army and stationed at Fort Lewis Military Base in Tacoma, Washington. Pursuing his call to ministry, Bishop Robertson continued his education at Tacoma Community College, where he received his Associate of Arts degree and later his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
In January 1978, he founded Emmanuel Apostolic Church and held the first worship service in an apartment building on Bremerton’s west side. Today he is well known for his charismatic, enlightened presentation of the gospel, and has provided spiritual guidance to a growing congregation of enthusiastic believers for over 38 years. Through the years, Emmanuel has developed into one of the largest influences on the Kitsap Peninsula, highly involved in the community and instrumental in providing services that address the spiritual, physical and social needs of society.
Having developed a reputation for quality and excellence in ministry, many doors and many destined opportunities have opened to this intrepid leader, including receiving an honorary doctorate from Aenon Bible College. Through his vision and tenacity, plans to break ground with the first of 3 phases of a major expansion project are on the horizon. The first project is a 20,000 sq. ft. youth and family center, The Marvin Williams Center and Birkenfeld Economic Development Center. The complex is slated to provide leadership in education, economic development, wellness and recreation. In later phases, a new sanctuary and elementary school are in the plans.
Being in a military town, thousands have been exposed to Bishop Robertson’s life applicable teachings, setting them on a sure course to live successful Christian lives. His compassionate demonstration of the gospel and relentless approach to winning souls - continues to set a standard for excellence and is truly making a mark in the lives of many. With employees and volunteers to assist him, Bishop Robertson is committed to creating and cultivating an authentic life-changing experience that glorifies God and empowers the people around him.
He is the father of 7 charming adult children and 20 + grandchildren. He is married to Dr. Lillian Lockett-Robertson, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, formerly of Lake Jackson, Texas who co-labors with him in the ministry.
Over the years Bishop Robertson has received numerous awards and citations for his outstanding work in Kitsap County.
Some noteworthy accomplishments are:
Chairman of the Pacific Northwest District Council, overseeing over 21 churches in
Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Montana - 1995-2001, and 2004 – 2010
Commissioner for Bremerton Housing Authority 2007 - 2010
Former Chairman of Bremerton African American Ministerial Alliance 2006-2008
Received Honorary Doctorate Degree from Aenon Bible College - 2004
Elevated to Sfg. Bishop - 1999
Member of The Sun Editorial Board - 2002
Founder and Board Chair of Community Resource Center – 1981-2001
Member of the Peninsula Work Release Board - 2000
Member and First African-American Chair of the Olympic College Board of Trustees -
Former Board Member on the Economic Development Council of Bremerton
Recipient of the Thunderbird Award/Chamber of Commerce
Voted Citizen of the Year by Kitsap County Association of Realtors
Awarded Distinguished Citizens Award by Lt. Governor John H. Cherberg - 1983
Recipient of the J. C. Penney Golden Rule Award - 1979
Past Member of Kitsap County Commissioner Advisory Board
Founder of Emmanuel Apostolic Church - 1978