Lorenzo Laws was born in Tampa, Florida at McDill Air Force Base to the late James and Rutha Mae Laws.  Growing up in Daytona Beach, he attended and graduated from Mainland High School in 1972 and Bethune-Cookman College (University) in December of 1976, with a B.A. degree majoring in Sociology.  Lorenzo continued his education earning another B.A. in Biblical Studies from Logos Christian College, Jacksonville FL. and a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore KY. and Orlando FL. Campus.

Lorenzo has been the President /CEO of Laws & Associates Inc., a successful Insurance & Financial Planning firm for over 25 years, and has over 35 years experience in the Financial Services Industry.  He is a graduate of the National Association of Financial Advisors, Washington DC. receiving a professional designation (LUTCF), after completing three years of intense study of the financial services industry in 1980.


Currently he is serving as Senior Pastor of Greater Allen A.M.E. Church, in Melbourne, Florida.  While Pastor of Allen Chapel in New Smyrna Beach, Rev. Laws engaged the City of New Smyrna in a Hate Crime Forum, facilitated by the United States Justice Department.  The forum was a result of the Ku Klux Klan, a racist organization distribution of recruitment material in the “Historic Westside Community,” of New Smyrna. Laws stated, “I could have ignored the action of this hate group, but I felt that the City and residents deserved more.” As a result, the forum brought law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, U.S. Attorney office, New Smyrna Beach Police Department, FDLE, State of Florida NAACP, the Westside Ministerial Alliance, and many other organizations along with the citizens of New Smyrna to have open discussion on the issues affecting our community.