January Member Spotlight
BRO. GRANT LAWRENCE
FAMILY Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica on December 24, 1998. He is the only child of Mr. & Mrs. Andrew and Nadia Lawrence. His mother worked in the Jamaican Tourism Ministry. His father was a singer and musician who spent significant time touring with gospel reggae groups Change and The Living Stones. Grant spent a lot of time in his maternal grandmother’s care. Through wisdom and guidance, she taught him significant life skills including: love God, pursue your passion with purpose, and how to cook. She passed away on Mother’s Day 2012, but not before pouring all that she had into him. Grant’s family moved to Atlanta in April 2014.
EDUCATION Graduated from South Gwinnett High School (Snellville) in 2017. He played several instruments in the school orchestra. Because of his advanced level proficiency with instruments, he still holds one of the highest musical training scores at his alma mater. During senior year he enrolled in Gwinnett Tech to pursue an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. Upon completion he will then pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the same discipline.
the Kitchen Supervisor at Hyatt Regency-Perimeter, previously the Executive
Sous Chef at Courtyard Marriott-Buckhead. He’s a versatile Culinarian who
specializes in all types of food and flavors, providing delectable meals for
every palette. He loves experimenting with
food to create and infuse new flavors. Grant’s goal is to own and operate his
own restaurant where his two favorite things – music and food - collide. It will be a family-friendly, eclectic Christian eatery that bridges artistry and casual
FAITH/MINISTRY Since early childhood Grant remembers knowing God and has progressively grown in fellowship with Him. His paternal grandfather is a Pastor. His late grandmother taught him the power of prayer and the importance of having a personal relationship with the Lord. He was raised in a Christian home with influences of Brethren and Church of God faiths. He was introduced to the Pentecostal reformation upon moving to Atlanta. Grant came to Redeeming Word Church via invitation of Min. Dave Myers (another Jamaican transplant and long-time family friend). He attended for a year and officially joined in September 2018. Grant uses his Christian faith to speak encouragement and direction to young people as a big-brother and mentor. He believes God is putting him on a path for success and showing him the things and people that must be eliminated as distractions and hindrances. During this season of growth and transition, he finds comfort in Galatians 4:16.
TALENTS A multi-instrumentalist. He can proficiently play drums, piano, bass, flute, ukulele…to name a few. He wants to learn to play the harp, but first must actually see one in person! Grant also sings. At 13 y/o he was recognized in The Gleaner (a Jamaican publication) for performing a rousing rendition of “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. As such a young, skilled musician God has favored him with great privilege to perform in Chicago, New York, Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.
LEISURE/FUN Eating out with friends (says, “Mango Chicken at Magic Wok-Lenox Mall is the BEST!”) or hosting meals and fellowship at home. Grant enjoys watching movies that are thought-provoking and inspirational.
FUN FACT Learned to play guitar at 9 y/o after literally having a guitar thrown at him by a student bully. It was a beat-up guitar in need of TLC. Grant repaired it, became proficient with it, and taught many other students…with that same guitar! It’s since been handed down to multiple musicians and is now being used by a burgeoning Jamaican artist named Koffee.