Rev. Mr. Jerry D. Lawritson
Mr. Lawritson graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from Doane College
and did so with honors. He received his Masters of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion
where he majored in New Testament Studies. Since then, his studies have been primarily in the
fields of philosophy and theology. He has studied with some of the greatest thinkers of our time
including Rev. Dr. Robert E. Fitch, Rev. Dr. Robert McAfee Brown, Rev. Dr. Gustavo
Guttierrez, and Dr. Maurice Friedman.
Jerry is the published author of the definitive essay on the subject of
Martin Buber's response to the Shoah (Holocaust). At the invitation of the Lipinsky Institute for
Judaic Studies at San Diego State University he delivered one of the annual lectures for the
Maurice Friedman Lecture Series in Modern Jewish Philosophy.
Mr. Lawritson has also attended the Summer Program in Theology at
Oxford University, Oxford, England. His periodic lectures delivered at CCCPB cover a wide
range of writers, thinkers, and artists and continue to be quite popular.
Mr. Lawritson has been our minister since February 1986.
Jerry and his Deborah have two grown children, Matt and Dasha, and three grandchildren,
Ashlee, Kyle, and Kelly.
Listen to this excerpt from one of Jerry's most profound reflections:
Ms. Oishei's background is extensive in choral conducting, piano,
singing, and playing the organ. It includes a Master of Music Degree in vocal arts from the
Julliard School in New York City, where she graduated cum laude in 1992. She
also holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in vocal arts from the San Francisco Conservatory of
Music. In addition, Judy has been in numerous operas, taught music, and she has been an
accompanist at many fine institutions.
Rev. Mr. Elvin Harrison
Mr. Harrison was ordained in the National Baptist Convention in 1991.
He has served as youth minister at churches in Washington DC and Brooklyn N.Y. Elvin holds a
B.S. from Jarvis Christian College and an MDiv. from Howard University School of Divinity. He
has been a member of CCCPB since 2002. Elvin has worked with youth and young adults in
several capacities. In May 2011, Elvin was granted privilege of call in the UCC.
We are very fortunate that Elvin can fill in for Jerry on occasion.
Listen to this excellent sermon of Elvin's: Justice,
Salt, and Light
Jerry Lawritson, Senior Pastor
Judith Oishei, Music Director
Debbie McKesson, Moderator
Kathy Mendenhall, Treasurer
Debbie McKesson, Clerk
Beverly Shaffer, Secretary
Board of Trustees
Chair: Betty Breeden
Board of Deacons
Chair: Dee Snyder
Chair: Cheryl Prince
Chair: Chuck Mendenhall
The church Council is made up of the Church Moderator, Treasurer, Clerk, Secretary , and all
the committee and board chairman.