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Dr. Eugene Lawton


Dr. Eugene Lawton is an international evangelist, a defender of the faith, a veteran preacher, a radio and television evangelist, a successful writer of four books and a great church builder. 

Dr. Lawton is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was baptized into Christ by the late S.J. Dudley. He began preaching the glorious gospel while a student at Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas.


His academic credentials included Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas- Associate of Arts degree; Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, California – Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees; advanced work at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey; and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. 

Dr. Eugene Lawton has been preaching the gospel for fifty-seven years and his experiences are numerous. He served with distinction as minister of the East 7th Street Church of Christ, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1959-1961. He has been minister of the Newark Church of Christ, Newark, New Jersey for forty-five years. He worked as a field representative of Southwestern Christian College, 1961-63. He was the Academic Dean of Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas 1969-71. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas.

Dr. Lawton is perpetually busy speaking on National Lectureships, College Lectureships, National Youth Conferences, and conducting Gospel Meetings and Evangelism Seminars from the Gulf to the Great Lakes, and from the sunny shores of California to the skyscrapers of New York City. His name is a household word among members of the Churches of Christ in America. He has preached in the West Indies, East and West Africa, South Africa and in Jerusalem. He is married to Diane Trone and they have three children: Fitzgerald, Cedric and Kathleen; and four grandchildren.

Recent Awards
  • Southwestern Christian College Beautification Program 2007 Man of Valor Award November 17, 2007, Terrell, Texas, Dr. Jack Evans, President 

  • The 2009 Living Legend Award at the Ministers’ Institute Conference, Fort Lauderdale, FL, January 21, 2009 Dr. W.F. Washington, Host Minister 

  • 2009 Minister of Tenure Award Northeastern Lectureship at the Apollo Theater New York, NY on September 5, 2009 Dr. O.J. Shabazz, Minister 

  • The Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Southwestern Christian College, Terrell, Texas, November 21, 2010 Dr. Jack Evans, President 

  • As a writer, Dr. Eugene Lawton has written articles in several national publications. He is the author of four books of sermons: LET ME SOUND MY TRUMPET, COME

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