Services at Jumping Run offer several chances to participate in worship.


LaGrange Campus:

Sunday School - 9:00AM

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:00AM & Children's Church - 10:00AM

Thursday Midweek Bible Study Service - 7:30PM

Thursday Midweek Bible Study For Youth & Teens - 7:30PM


Kinston Campus:

Sunday Morning Hispanic Worship Service - 10:00AM with Ministers Luis & Lidia Guzman

Sunday Evening Praise and Worship Service - 7:00PM with Elders Jerry & Carolyn Harris

Saturday Evening Praise and Worship Service - 7:00PM with Elder Alonzo and Tenisha Coleman

Wednesday Evening Praise and Worship Service - 7:00PM with Elder Alonzo and Tenisha Coleman

Thursday Evening Hispanic Worship Service - 7:00PM with Ministers Luis & Lidia Guzman

Jumping Run Church was founded in the late 1800’s by a group of Christian men and women of the Institute Community in Lenoir County.  These men and women were determined to establish a place of worship.

The name of the church was derived from an early custom that required worshippers to actually run and jump to cross the run, which is a creek, to get to the sanctuary.

Worship services were originally conducted under a bush shelter in the Rabbit Town section.  Land for the sanctuary was donated by Sac Hines Creech and Hattie Hines.  The first structure was a 10 foot by 8 foot building in LaGrange, and services were held monthly for nearly 100 years.  Sunday school was held every Sunday.

Some of the early leaders were Olive Aldridge, Lawrence Arthur, William Reid, Ingram Patterson, Sills Suggs and Ellis Dixon.  Ministers were R. H. Harper, McCrea Lanier, Peter Holloway, G. P. Suggs and Cullen Suggs.

The church was rebuilt in 1912 under the leadership of Pastor K. W. Artis.  Public school buildings were erected at its former location.  Officers were Thomas D. Aldridge, Caleb Hines, John Edmondson, George K. Williams and Frank Suggs.

The Women’s Home Mission was organized in 1926.  Pastor K. W. Artis designated the second Sunday of each month following Sunday school as the meeting time.  The Young People Christian League soon followed.

Pastors of the past included Emmanuel M. Hill, J. P. Lawson, Albert Miller, B. C. Bryant, and Clarence Moye.

The church was destroyed September 7, 1964 by an arsonist.  Temporary worship was conducted at St. Mary’s Free Will Baptist Church in Jason.  Trustees set up a large tent for Sunday school and other local events.  Construction efforts were completed in the fall of 1966.

On the third Sunday in November, members, friends and families gathered proudly just below the run and marched to the new church.  Leaders during this period were Pastor Charles Loftin, Carl Aldridge, Mark Williams, Henry Hines, William Hines and McCrea Lanier.

During the early 1970's, youth services were initiated.  Elder James Moultrie was the pastor, and prayer service was held weekly.

In July 1986, Elder W. Anthony Lawson became the pastor of Jumping Run Church.  Under his leadership, the church experienced a Biblical transition, which brought about revolutionary change and growth.

In August 1991, services began to be held every Sunday.

In 1995, Pastor Lawson led the church in the construction of a new multipurpose building with offices, a dining room, kitchen, classrooms, and bathrooms.  The building was built debt-free. In 2006, after three years of fundraising, a new worship center costing 1.3 million dollars was built and paid off in two years. The new Jumping Run Worship Center is connected to the old sanctuary with a covered walkway.

Intercessory Prayer and Bible Study for adults and youth are held weekly. Sunday School classes for all ages is held every Sunday morning. New Member's Classes, Maximum Marriage Classes, Sanctified Single Classes, Minister's Classes, Children's Church, Nurseries for infants and toddlers, Mass Choir, Joyful Noise Choir, Judah Singers Praise Team, Highest Praise Singers Praise Team, Nursing Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Bus and Van Ministry,  and J.U.M.P Ministries (Juveniles Under the Master's Plan) for teens and youth have all been formed and are ongoing.

Jumping Run Church has 4 television telecasts weekly and a Radio Broadcast weekday evenings on Monday-Friday.

Jumping Run Church has given back to the community in so many ways. The church's Nursing Ministry has sponsored several Health Fairs and American Red Cross Blood Drives. The church has given donations to the Red Cross, the Homeless Shelter, St. Mary's Soup Kitchen and various organizations. The youth have also been involved in volunteering at the Soup Kitchen.

Jumping Run is also endowing a Jumping Run Church Scholarship to the foundation at the Lenoir Community College. Periodically, JRC has free gasoline giveaways during ministry witnessing outreaches. On several occasions, clothing have been given away during a Clothes-Give Away outreach.

In 2011, Jumping Run purchased another sanctuary, Jumping Run Church-Kinston, located in the heart and city of Kinston, NC, to do more outreach ministry and begin a Hispanic Ministry.

The Hispanic Ministry is held every Sunday morning with Ministers Luis & Lidia Guzman. Jumping Run Church-Kinston also sponsors free food giveaways monthly.

On Wednesday & Saturday evenings, “Come As You Are” Praise & Worship services are held with Elder Alonzo & Tenisha Coleman at Jumping Run Church-Kinston.

On Sunday evenings, Praise & Worship services are held with Elders Jerry & Carolyn Harris at Jumping Run Church–Kinston.

Jumping Run Church’s history continues to unfold as we continue to walk by faith and not by sight. To God be the glory for the great things He has done, is doing, and will be doing through believers at Jumping Run Church. We believe and know that the best is yet to come!


Pastor Della W. Lawson works closely with her husband, Bishop W. Anthony Lawson, Jr., at Jumping Run Church to help carry out the God–given vision for the ministry assisting Bishop Lawson in the leadership and vision of the church.  She is also the overseer of the Volunteer Ministry of Helps at Jumping Run Church, which is located in the Institute Township near La Grange, NC.

She is a Bible teacher who has been called to teach Biblical principles and to instruct people to practically apply God’s word to their lives through special emphasis on faith, healing, and intercessory prayer.

She preached her initial sermon at Jumping Run Church in October 1995 and was ordained as elder in November 2001.  In September 2012, she was ordained as pastor.

Pastor Della is a 1973 graduate of Kinston High School. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education in May 1977.  She also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University in July 1982.

Pastor Della worked for over twenty years as an elementary school teacher and an elementary school counselor in the public schools,(1977-1998).  She served as the academy principal at the Jumping Christian Academy from 1998-2004.

She loves the Lord, and she loves people.  She enjoys seeing God change the lives of those who are seeking Him, making Him Lord of their lives, and daily growing into his character and image because, “It’s all about Him.”


Pastor Della W. Lawson is the daughter of Elder Booker T.Wiggins, Sr. and Minister Mary C. Wiggins.  She and her husband, Bishop W. Anthony Lawson, Jr., have two adult children: William Anthony Lawson, III, who is married to Jennifer Bynum Lawson of Greenville, NC, and daughter, Lori Lawson Poag, who is married to Hezekiah Poag, III. She has one grandchild: Hezekiah Poag, IV of Greensboro, NC.

Bishop W. Anthony Lawson, Jr. was born in January 1955 in Bronx, New York to William (Bill) and the late Bonnie Donald Lawson of Kinston, NC. He is married to his high school sweetheart and life-long love, Della Wiggins Lawson.  He is the father of two adult children: William A. Lawson III, who is married to Jennifer Bynum Lawson of Greenville, NC, and Lori Lawson Poag, who is married to Hezekiah Poag III of Greensboro, NC. He has one grandchild: Hezekiah Poag, IV.

Bishop Lawson is a 1973 graduate of Kinston High School where he was very active in many extra-curricular activities.  He then attended North Carolina A&T State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication in 1977. Bishop Lawson went on to East Carolina University and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education in 1981.

His employment career varied.  He worked as a Communications Coordinator at the Community Council for the Arts after graduating. And later, he worked for Texfi Industries as a management trainee.

Bishop Lawson then embarked on a career in education.  He worked at every high school in this area including: South Lenoir, North Lenoir, Kinston High School and Greene Central High Schools for a total of 19 years.  He has helped countless teenagers in their career planning goals for work and the military and has helped many students get scholarships and financial aid for college.

Bishop Lawson has also served on several community boards.  From 1981 to 1983, he served on the Kinston Police Department Review Board.  He has served on the Lenoir County Big Brother Big Sisters Board, the Lenoir Community College Foundation Board, and he is presently serving as the Secretary of the Lenoir Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.

Bishop Lawson preached his initial sermon in August of 1984 at Antioch Free Will Baptist Church to an overflow crowd. He was installed as the Pastor of Jumping Run Free Will Baptist Church on December 21, 1986. He has served as Pastor for 30 years.  He was ordained as Bishop in September 2012.


Under his leadership, the Jumping Run Church has become one of the fastest growing and most socially and spiritually relevant churches in Eastern North Carolina. Bishop Lawson is an experienced preacher and teacher of the Holy Bible.  His ministry places emphasis on line-by-line Biblically-principled based instruction on how to apply the Word of God into every day real-life situations.  His heart’s desire is to see people’s lives change by the Word of God.