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Lawson, Robert Clarence (1883–1961)

  1. Alexander Constantine Stewart

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1543

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Stewart, A. C. 2011. Lawson, Robert Clarence (1883–1961). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Robert Clarence Lawson, African American community activist and religious leader in the United States, was born on May 5, 1883 in New Iberia, Louisiana and was a nightclub and tavern singer before his conversion in 1913 at the Apostolic Faith Assembly (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World) in Indianapolis, Indiana pastored by Elder Garfield Thomas Haywood (1880–1931). Under the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Lawson became a general elder and founded three churches, the Holy Temple Church of Christ, St. Louis, Missouri, the Greater Park Lincoln Church, San Antonio, Texas, and the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Columbus, Ohio. In 1918, he resigned from the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World over his views on divorce and remarriage and women in the clergy.


  • lawson, robert clarence (1883–1961);
  • African American community activist, religious leader;
  • pentecostal assemblies of the world