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Who We Are

Who We Are



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, OnePlace.com 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 group, 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

Duane Lawrence

Associate Pastor – Children, Youth, Evangelism & Shepherding Ministry

Duane Lawrence is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Children 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). Children’s Ministry Workshop Leader - Children’s Pastors Conference - Nashville, Tennessee. Former Assistant to the Pastor - Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church - Houston, Texas. Radio Broadcast - Preparing Hearts Changing Lives - KWWJ - Baytown, Texas. Married to his high school sweetheart. Bobbie, since 1973. Sons - Daniel and David.

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Jordan Washington

Youth Minister - Discipleship Director

Jordan Washington has earned a BS in Communication from Lamar University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Jordan is passionate about discipleship and investing in the lives of our youth. Jordan wishes to continue the Legacy he was a part of here back when he was a youth.

Jordan is committed to his lovely wife Taylor, they have been married since 2021 and his son Jordan Jr. who they call “J2”.

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Pierre Cannings

Executive Assistant Pastor & Associate Pastor of Youth & Missions

Pierre Cannings is the Executive Assistant Pastor at Living Word Fellowship Church in Houston, Texas, who oversees the Young Adults, Youth, Missions and Discipleship Ministries. Pierre has a BA in Communication from Austin College and a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is currently working on his PhD in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University.

Pierre has been married to his high school sweetheart, Monica, since 2006. They have three children, Natalia, Pierre II and Carter.

Sylvia Edwards

Children’s Director

Sylvia Marie Edwards is a retired Teacher/Principal and the loving wife of 49 years to Robert G. Edwards Sr. She is also the Mother, and Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother of 13 beautiful angels. She 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. Sylvia has found enormous joy in serving on Missions in Haiti for 4 years as well. Her passion is to grow and educate children to become spiritual leaders.

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.

Eleanor Wilson

Coordinator of Women’s Ministry

Shani Smothers

Director of Marketing

Keron Brown

Director of Young Adult Ministry

Rashaud Hudson

Operations Manager/ Fellowship Director

Jeffrey Allen

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Valarie Miller

Office Assistant/Mission’s Director

Valarie is originally from Oklahoma City, Ok. She holds a B.S. in Christian Leadership, a B.A. in Biblical Counseling from the College of Biblical Studies and a M.A. in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University out of Houston, TX.

Valarie has been a member of Living Word Fellowship Church since 2003. Recently she joined the staff as the Office Assistant. She is involved with Missions as the Director, the Women’s Ministry and is a counselor to women and young teens.

Valarie loves spending time with her family, traveling, shopping and playing card and board games. She is often asked to coordinate games for her family’s reunion, the marriage ministry and the women’s ministry at her church.

Valarie and her husband are the proud parents of three adult children and two amazing glam-daughters Kayden and Vale.

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