of Chambers Memorial Baptist Church
Lawrence E. Edgerton Sr. was born in White Plains, New
York and raised in Harlem all of his life. He is the son of
Julia V. Edgerton and has one brother. Bishop
is a loving
husband to his wife of 19 years,
Minister Donnell Edgerton,
father of three children.
As a young boy, he aspired
to be a boxing champion of the world. Two times he became a
Glove Champion and once he won the Florida National AAU. His dream
was deferred by a family tragedy. By seventeen years old he lost
both parents and was homeless. Not knowing where his next meal would
come from or where he would lay his head, he became a survivor in
the streets. By the grace of God he eventually found refuge in the
church. Through church scholarships and the support of Rev. William
James, he attended Morristown College in Tennessee receiving an
Associates of Arts degree in Criminal Justice; Gammon Theological
Seminary and Bethune Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida
receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice &
Religion and Philosophy. Bishop
is also a proud life time member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
After college Bishop
Edgerton Sr. worked for the New York City
Bureau of Child Welfare for ten years. Bishop
Edgerton Sr. retired after thirty years of dedication to the NYC
Board of Education to devote himself to a full time Pastoral Ministry. He
served as Assistant Minister for five years under the leadership of
the late Rev. Ivy J. Cockerham. He was installed as the twelfth
Pastor of C.M.B.C. in 1991. On May 18th, 2013 he was ordained
as the first Bishop of Chambers Memorial Baptist Church. He was a great follower and now he’s a
Under Bishop Edgerton’s
leadership the church has grown tremendously! His slogan is
“before you renovate the community you must renovate the people”.
we learn that we must change and we all have
God needs to work on. People who have
have had an experience they will never forget. Members have
gained strength in areas they never thought they could or would.
Through the prayers of Bishop Edgerton Sr. people have received
miracles from the Lord: healed from cancer, brought back
from the dead, their children returned back to them
from the Child Welfare System, financial blessings
received, just to name a few!
At Chambers lives are
changed and people become better! This ministry caters to the
young, middle aged and seniors alike. We are all blessed!
Bishop Edgerton Sr. is also
the founder of Chambers Memorial for Social Change: a not-for-profit organization. This organization was designed to come to the
needs of the people. Before any funds were allocated to the program,
Bishop Edgerton Sr. came out of his own pocket to
purchase equipment, trips and snacks for the youth on a daily basis.
Edgerton Sr. has a love for God that makes him a man after God’s own
heart. From poverty to the pulpit he has seen a lot, been through so much and
all helped to form him to be the great man of wisdom he is today. He
spends countless hours preaching, teaching and counseling so that
souls may be saved in the name of Jesus Christ. He helps members as
well as non-members; haters and those who love him.
Sr. is a blessing to C.M.B.C. and he’ll be a blessing to you too.