Rev. Dr. Rene’ P. Lawson
Pastor Rene’ was born in Dallas and has lived primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth area all of his life. Following the steps of his grandfather, who was a United Methodist minister in the North Texas Conference, Lawson entered the ministry while in college. Pastor Rene’ holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth, a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and a doctor of ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology in Houston. He also holds a diploma in Joint Professional Military Education from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Pastor Rene’ recently retired as a Captain in the Navy Reserve. He served in the Chaplain Corps. His work led him to serve Sailors and Marines across the globe, including a combat tour to Fallujah, Al Anbar Province, in Iraq.
Happily married, with four wonderful adult children, Pastor Rene’ has served in a variety of ministry settings throughout his career and is excited to be serving St. Philip’s United Methodist Church.