Pastor Joshua Lawson and family
Pastor. Joshua Lawson, was called Beacon Baptist Church in January 2018, following the retirement of Beacon’s founding pastor, Dr. Thomas A. Caldwell.
The members of Beacon Baptist Church, voted unanimously to call him as the second pastor to minister to our congregation. His first service as Pastor was Sunday, February 4, 2018.
Pastor Lawson was saved and called to preach at the early age of 8 and has been preaching revivals since the age of 14. Originally from Cowpens SC, he graduated from Gettys D. Broome High School with academic honors in 2011. He received his Bachelor’s of Biblical Studies Degree from the Believer’s Institute of Biblical Studies in 2016.
Before coming to Beacon, he was a member of Resurrection Baptist Church (Cowpens, SC) under the leadership of his Pastor, Dr. Joseph Wampler, Jr. While at Resurrection, he was the Director of the Assisted Living Ministry, assisted with the prison ministry, and faithfully served in all areas of the church’s ministry.
In 2017, God called Pastor Lawson and his family to the pastorate of a small Independent Baptist Church in Brunswick, Maryland. After being led of the Lord to return to South Carolina, he served for a brief time as Interim Pastor of another Independent Baptist Church until he was called to pastor Beacon Baptist Church.
Pastor Josh & Victoria (Torie) Herbst were married in 2015. They have a beautiful little boy named Joshua Wyatt Lawson, born in 2016. They are expecting another baby boy later this year.
Beacon is blessed to have the Lawson family leading our church!
Please pray for us and our new pastor as we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Philippians 3:14.
Our Assistant Pastor, Louis Stankewich is also our director of prison ministries.
Each week, he leads Sunday morning worship services with inmates in the Lexington County Jail.
Thomas A. Caldwell
Founding Pastor of Beacon Baptist Church
Established March 1989.
Pastor T.A. Caldwell was called to preach in February 1956.
Pastor Thomas Caldwell and his wife Mary Lee are still active members of Beacon Baptist Church. They have been a faithful servants through the years and are loved by all who know them. Brother and Sister Caldwell continue to assist Pastor Lawson and his wife Tori, in any way possible when called upon. We praise the Lord for these precious saints of God.
God has used him to serve as Pastor in the following churches:
Welcome Baptist Church Union, SC
Victory Baptist Church Pomaria, SC
Evangelical Baptist Church Swansea, SC and
Beacon Baptist Church in Lexington, SC.
Beacon Baptist Church on the last Sunday in March of 1989, he served as our Pastor, until his retirement from the pastorate on February 4, 2018, the very Sunday that Pastor Joshua Lawson became our second and current Pastor. On Homecoming Sunday March 25, 2018, Pastor Lawson and the congregation of Beacon Baptist Church conferred on Dr. Caldwell the title of Pastor Emeritus, honoring his 29 years of faithful service as Pastor.