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As a leader, Pastor Paul Cannings is highly regarded for his boldness, innovation and vision. As a church pastor, he is well respected for his passion for the cause of Christ and the local church, and for preaching messages that change mindsets and ministries.

Pastor Cannings is most loved for being the a man of the Word – a pastor who loves God and people from all walks of life.

Pastor Cannings and his wife Everette are passionate about seeing all people find Jesus as their Saviour, gain a revelation of their value in Him and rise up to make a stand for justice on the earth.

Dr. Cannings holds a Doctorate in Philosophy/Theological Studies in Religion & Society from Oxford Graduate School in Dayton, Tennessee and a Masters Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.

He is the author of numerous books, including “Give Fear A Knock Out Punch”, “Making Your Vision A Reality” and “Leadership Training Manual”. Dr. Cannings can be heard daily on KHCB 105.7FM, and on My20 TV in Houston.

Dr. Cannings and his wife Everette are the parents of two adult sons, Paul Jr., and Pierre who are married to Tanisha and Monica respectively; with five grandchildren.




We believe the Holy Scriptures to be the verbally, inspired Word of God, authoritative, and without error in the original manuscripts. We further believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are designed for our practical instruction in faith and conduct

(II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:21).


We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God

(Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:26, Matthew 28:19).


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came into the world, that He might manifest God to men, fulfill prophecy, and become the Redeemer of a lost world. To this end, He was born of the Virgin Mary, received a human body and a sinless human nature, without ceasing to be God.

We believe that, in infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb and took away the sin of the world.

We believe that He arose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died, and that His resurrected body is the pattern of the body which ultimately will be given to all believers.

We believe that, on departing from earth, he was accepted of His Father and that His acceptance is a final assurance to us that His redeeming work was perfectly accomplished.

We believe that He became head over all things to the church which is His body, and in this ministry He does not cease to intercede and to be an advocate for the saved

(Luke 1:35; John 1:1, 14, 18, 29; I Corinthians 15:1-3; Ephesians 1:23; Philippians 2:6-8; I Timothy 2:5, I John 2:1-2).


We believe that the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, dwells in every believer immediately after he places his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and God provides, through the Holy Spirit, power to live the Christian life. We believe that every believer receives grace from God, in the form of a spiritual ability which enables him to function as a member of the body of Christ

(Romans 8:9, 12, 6; I Corinthians 12:7; Ephesians 4:7).


We believe that Satan, or the devil, is the prince of demons, and is the declared adversary of God and man. However, when the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross, he limited the power of the devil

(Ephesians 2:2; I Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:10).


We believe that no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again spiritually, and that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe, also, that the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished our redemption and that this redemption is by the grace of God, an unmerited gift, given in love by God and not the result of any human works.

We believe that upon receiving the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, the believer passes immediately out of spiritual death into spiritual, life and into fellowship with God.

We also believe that once this salvation is accomplished, we and all true believers everywhere shall be kept saved forever

(John 3:5; John 10:28, 29; Romans 3:24; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:5, 8-9).


We believe that all who are united to the risen and ascended Son of God are members of the church, which is the body of Christ. We believe that the church as a groupgroup, gathers together for practical instruction in the Scriptures, fellowship with God and with other believers, and for corporate witness to the unsaved world. Our common spiritual goal is to grow toward Christ’s likeness (Matthew 18:18-20; Acts 2:42, Ephesians 2:11-18, 4:13-16).

We believe that the explicit message of our Lord Jesus Christ to those whom He has saved is to make Christ known to the whole world and that this is the purpose of the church as individuals.

We believe that the church is also called for the execution of divine justice on behalf of those who are defenseless in society as a natural reflection of, and a relationship with a just God, starting with those in God’s family and extending to society as that becomes possible.


We believe that there will be the second return of the Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive to Himself into Heaven His own who are alive and remain unto His coming, and also all who have died in Christ

(I Thessalonians 4:13-17; Zechariah 14:4-11, Revelation 3:10).


We believe that at death the spirits and souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, pass immediately into His presence and there remain in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the glorified body when Christ comes for His own, whereupon soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in glory. All those who rejected Jesus Christ will eternally be separated from God to endure His eternal wrath forever

(II Corinthians 5:8; Revelation 20:11-15).


We believe that all believers should seek to walk by the Spirit separating themselves from worldly practices; witnessing by life and by word to the truths of Holy Scripture.

(Romans 12:1; Galatians 5:16, 25; II Corinthians 5:17)


We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper to be observed by all believers until His return. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 10:47-48)

We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a privilege accorded to all believers, in commemoration of our Lord’s death until He comes. (I Corinthians 11:23-28) We believe that the purpose of the Lord’s Supper is to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, to develop unity in the body, and stimulate loving relationships among believers (I Corinthians 11:27-32). We would not like this to become a ritual but a worship that occurs in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

We believe that Baptism is a form of public identification of cognitive internal commitment to Christ. Baptism does not save, it only makes public what was done privately (Romans 10:9,10,13,17; 6:1-14).

We believe that the ordinances of baptism is immersion of the believer in water as it sets forth the essential facts in redemption, and as stated above it illustrates the death and resurrection of Christ and the essential resurrection of newness of life (Romans 6:4; Acts 8:26-39).

Our Staff

Anthony Young

Associate Pastor - Worship

Anthony P. Young is a native Dallasite who migrated to Houston by way of a scholarship to the University of Houston. While attending U of H, he became an Ambassador for the University, national RHA Program Director of the year, a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Professional Music Fraternity), and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree at Le Tourneau University in Longview, TX. He is currently enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Divinity.

He is married and has four children, one of which they are currently in the process of adopting. He is very active in the community through coaching youth football and serves on several boards throughout the Houston area. He serves as the Associate Pastor for Worship at Living Word Fellowship Church. He is a professional Tax Consultant for one of the largest consulting firms in the Houston area, where he heads the Compliance & National Appeals Division. He loves fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors. Finally, he loves the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the head of his life.


Duane Lawrence

Associate Pastor – Children, Youth, Evangelism & Membership

Duane Lawrence is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Children and Youth Ministries at Living Word Fellowship Church. He is the Founder/Director of Train Up A Child Seminars and has taught a Teacher Training Tract at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston).

Pastor Lawrence conducts training sessions for teachers who teach children in various child related ministries, as well as conducting parenting seminars. He has been doing this for more than 25 years.

Brother Lawrence has served as Assistant to the Pastor and Children’s Pastor at Mount Corinth Baptist Church, A. Louis Patterson, Jr., Pastor, for 20 years. He has served as a former staff member for Child Evangelism Fellowship (Houston), has served as a Workshop Leader for Children’s Pastors Conference, Nashville, Tennessee; served as a Workshop Leader for TEACH (formerly Houston Area Christian Educators); and a Teacher Training Team Member for Children’s Ministry Seminars.

Pastor Lawrence is married to his “high school sweetheart” Bobbie and they are the parents of two wonderful sons, Daniel Michael and David Matthew.


Rev. Eric Levels

Director of Discipleship

Rev. Eric Ryan Levels is characterized as a man after the mission and moving of God in the lives of others. He devotes his professional and personal life to inspiring and instructing others to pursue God’s plan and purpose for their lives. Eric graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a minor in Music in 2007. He graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in June of 2016. Eric is married to the love of his life Attorney at Law Katherlene Levels, and they have a six year old son named Caleb Ryan, and a 2 year old daughter named Lily Grace. Rev. Levels is a National Gospel recording artist. He is also a published Author with the book entitled “A Plan for Success” which is nationally available for distribution. He is the Coordinator of Online Programs for Aldine ISD where he facilitates strategic learning geared towards teaching teachers and students tiered gap reductions. Rev. Levels serves as the Vocal Director on the worship staff and Assistant Director of Discipleship at Living Word Fellowship Church under the leadership of Dr. Paul Cannings. Eric’s motto is “live on purpose with purpose”.


Jordan Washington

Assistant Youth Pastor

Jordan Washington has earned a BS in Communication from Lamar University and currently pursuing a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jordan, a Houston native was a member of “Legacy Youth” Living Word Fellowship’s youth group as an adolescent. He now returns to serve alongside Pierre Cannings as Assistant Youth Pastor. Jordan’s father George is a deacon here at Living Word and his mother Theresa serves as needed within the church as well. Jordan has only one sibling a younger brother, Joshua.

During his college years Jordan has served as the President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at Lamar University and a member on leadership team of the Baptist Student Ministry. Jordan has also contributes and assist Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) locally teaching in nearby high-schools. His vision for the Youth Ministry is to equip and train the youth. Jordan hopes to achieve this through discipleship and spiritual development. He aims to emphasize growth in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, glorifying God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thus, representing a tangible example of the faith as stated in 1 Timothy 4:11-12.


Nesha Scott

Executive Secretary to Assistant Pastor and Missions Director

Nesha Scott is a native from Mississippi who has been married to her husband, Ken for over 20 years. They have one young adult daughter, Jaquavia (Jackie) and a sweet granddaughter, Journey Angel. Nesha has been a member of Living Word for 19 years and has currently served as the Missions Director for the past 7 years.

As she plans, prepares and preps each team to serve in missions, Nesha is right there on the field with them seeking to encourage, equip and support them to go proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the nations. She loves to see God’s Word shared around the world, so that others may “know Him”. Nesha has also served in the youth ministry, along with facilitating classes for the women’s ministry and has her Biblical Counseling Certificate.

She is also a Business Analyst with a mutual fund company, Invesco, where she has worked for the last 19 years


Pierre Cannings

Assistant Pastor & Associate Pastor of Youth & Missions

Pierre Cannings is the Assistant Pastor at Living Word Fellowship Church who oversees Youth, Missions and Discipleship Ministry. He is also an adjunct professor at the College of Biblical Studies. After receiving a BA in Communication from Austin College, Pierre enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary where he received a Masters in Theology. He is currently working on his PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University. Pierre married his high school sweetheart, Monica, in 2006. They have 3 children, Natalia born August 2009, Pierre II born January 2011 and Carter born May 2014


Sylvia Edwards

Children’s Director

Sylvia Marie Edwards is the loving wife of 44 years to Robert G. Edwards Sr. and the Mother and Grandmother of 11 beautiful angels. She has served as Assistant Dean of the Eastern District Association Youth Convention and Congress for over 20 years and VBS Leader for Belize Missions for 4 years.

Mrs. Sylvia attended Texas Southern University and University of Houston Clear Lake and received a BS in Education and a Lifetime Certification in Kindergarten & Music K-6. She also has her ESL Certification and 30 plus Graduate Hours in Education.

Her agape love for children and desire to see them succeed has always been the underlying factor of why she began a teaching career. Her career started in 1975 where she taught Kindergarten for 16 years at J.R. Harris Elem. HISD. She then became an entrepreneur and directed her own childcare center called “His Place Child Care” for 6 years. In 1997, she began teaching Pre-K through 5th grade music. Before retiring from the Houston Independent School District, Mrs. Edwards served as Principal for Living Word Christian Academy and is now the Children’s Director for Living Word Fellowship Church.

For more information regarding the Children’s Ministry, you may contact Mrs. Sylvia Edwards at


Allen Boutte

Recovery and Restoration Director

Allen Boutte is the Founder and CEO of the Recovery and Restoration Faith Base Treatment Outpatients Program at the Living Word Christian Outreach Center. He is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor with a specialty in addiction. He also carries a Christian Counseling Certificate from First Baptist in Pasadena. He has experience serving as a Chaplin, a Counselor Intern, and an Outpatient Treatment Program Supervisor. For more information about the Recovery and Restoration Project, click on the link below.


Lyndia Tarkington

Coordinator of Women’s Ministry

Lyndia Tarkington has been a member of Living Word Fellowship Church for 21 years. She has a heart for ministering to God’s women and serving them faithfully. In addition, she serves Lord Supper and Special Events Coordinator for the Worship Ministry.

Azelia O’Neal

Director of Marketing

Azelia Abram-O’Neal, a California native, is a goal-driven professional who serves as the Director of Marketing for Living Word Fellowship Church, where she initiated a new marketing integration platform amongst every ministry in March 2018. She received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications with a concentration in Radio, Television and Film and minor in General Music from the illustrious Texas Southern University. Currently, she is obtaining a Masters of Business Administration degree in Project Management and Process Improvement from the University of Houston-Downtown. Married to her college sweetheart for 6 years, mother of two young boys, Azelia spends her time as a full-time employee, wife, mother and student. Her hobbies are playing the piano, composing music, video editing, photography and dancing. However, that’s only when she finds the time in between serving at church, spending time with her family, working and studying for school.


Keron Brown

Director of Young Adult Ministry

Bio coming soon….

Rashaud Hudson

Director of Fellowship

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Sameka Scott

Office Manager/ Graphic Designer

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