INTERVIEW: One-on-one with longtime Shreveport bishop moving back to hometown in Calif.

Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon
Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon(KSLA)
Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 1:46 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - On Wednesday, Aug. 31 Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon will take a one-way trip to Oakland, Calif.

He has been chosen to lead the historic Evergreen Baptist Church there, but he leaves his footprint in Shreveport with the church he started 30 years ago: Praise Temple.

Evergreen Baptist is a historic 75-year-old church. Brandon will become the church’s third pastor. Brandon says he’s leaving Praise Temple in good hands though.

“The campus leaders are on fire. I have poured into them, Corey D., I have poured into him 30 years and Pastor Marcus Jones, I have poured into her for 20 years. Pastor Teri Campbell, I have poured into her for 20 years,” said the bishop.

[SHREVEPORT BISHOP MOVING BACK TO HOMETOWN AFTER 31 YEARS OF SERVICE]

On Wednesday, KSLA News 12′s Domonique Benn will sit with him one on one to talk about the humble beginnings of Praise Temple and the plans for the church once he leaves.

Brandon has been an important part of the community. Each year, his church hosts backpack and school supply giveaways, turkey giveaways for Thanksgiving and a host of other events to help the community. His nonprofit, Northwest Louisiana Community Development Corp., opened L.L. Brandon III Transitional Housing for Boys. Just recently, Shreveport leaders helped him break ground on an area that will offer affordable housing in the area.

“The Praise Temple experience is simply love and you have to experience it and we are a church where the doors swing on the hinges of love and our mission statement is through love and we committed to building people of purpose, power and praise, thereby changing a generation,” Brandon said.