Mother Rose Mae Lawrence
By Richard E. Lee
Contributing Religion Writer
Evangelist “Mother” Rose Mae Lawrence reached her 100th birthday this month, as friends and family celebrated her milestone day with her on March 3, at Western Convalescent Hospital, where she now resides.
She is a member of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), most recently at Olive Grove COGIC in South Los Angeles.
As an evangelist, Mother Lawrence has proclaimed the gospel in Texas, Arkansas, California and Louisiana. She has lived in Los Angeles, Shreveport and Baton Rouge, LA, and affiliated with Soul Deliverance Mission in Los Angeles, West Angeles COGIC, and Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Saved in 1948, Mother Lawrence remains very passionate about her faith. “I have been on this journey with the Lord for a long time,” she proclaimed, “and I would not trade my salvation for anything.”
About salvation, Mother Lawrence often has pointed to the Biblical passage of Nicodemus, who came to Jesus by night. “Jesus answered and said to him, most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3: 3, 7 (New King James Version)
Born Rose Mae Lee on March 3, 1912 in Milam, Texas, she is one of 12 children born to the late James Lee and Emma (Wiseman) Lee, sharecroppers in Milam. She is the last surviving sibling of the Lee family. She has a son, Joe Nathan Lawrence of Hemet, CA, and daughter, Ann Lawrence of Las Vegas, NV.
County of Los Angeles Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Council President Herb Wesson, honored her with Certificates of Recognition to note the momentous occasion.
‘Praise God for His mercy and for Evangelist “Mother” Rose Mae Lawrence at 100.’