AM23: Longtime Sherman pastor honored with Leaders Legacy Award

Mike Lawson (right) accepts the Leaders Legacy Award as his wife, Kim, watches during the 2023 SBTC Annual Meeting Tuesday at Cross City Church in Euless. SBTC PHOTO

EULESS—Mike Lawson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sherman the past 24 years, was awarded the Leaders Legacy Award by the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Executive Board on Tuesday (Nov. 14) during the 2023 SBTC Annual Meeting.

The Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation created the Leaders Legacy Endowment to fund an award “to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves by their service to Christ through the SBTC or the SBC.” Candidates are considered by the SBTC Executive Board and recipients are recognized during the board’s report during the annual meeting each year.

Lawson called the honor “special.”

“I am honored and humbled to be considered for this recognition and will treasure the blessing of it all of my days,” Lawson said. “I’m particularly grateful for opportunities to support and serve in this fine convention of churches called the SBTC.”

Lawson has been a leader at all levels of denominational service. In addition to pastoring Texas churches for nearly 40 years, he has served extensively on committees and boards for the denomination. Nationally, he was a member of the Southern Baptist Convention’s executive and credentials committees. His service to the SBTC includes time on the resolutions, nominations, and evangelism committees. More locally, Lawson has been a leader within Grayson Baptist Association as a seminary extension instructor and as a member of various associational committees.

He holds degrees from East Texas Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, including a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern.

“Mike Lawson is a faithful pastor who has consistently modeled grace, humility, and integrity,” SBTC Executive Director Nathan Lorick said. “It is a joy to highlight faithful men like Mike who have selflessly served the Lord with excellence.”

Mike has been married to Kim, who serves as the church pianist, since 1990.

Gary Ledbetter
Southern Baptist Texan
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