Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Glass, JR.

Senior Pastor, El Bethel
Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Glass, Jr., accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1976. He united with New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church under his father in the ministry, the late Rev. John J. Tillman.

Pastor Glass acknowledged his call into the ministry on December 4, 1979. He was ordained on June 29, 1980. During his tenure at New Mt. Moriah (1977-1987), Pastor Glass held several positions including Superintendent of the Sunday School, Deacon and Associate Minister.

He has two children that he loves dearly, Jennifer M. and Daniel J.

He attended William Tyndale Bible College from 1983-1991. Pastor Glass continues to refresh and renew his spiritual walk with ongoing reading materials and seminars.

In January 1987, Pastor Glass united with Christ Baptist Cathedral (CBC) under the leadership of then Pastor J. Douglas Wiley where he assumed the Assistant Pastor role and was overseer of the Learning Center.

Pastor Glass was called to the pastorate of El Bethel Baptist Church on Friday, June 15, 1990. He preached his first pastoral message on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17, 1990.

On August 15, 2013 Pastor Glass received his Doctrine of Divinity from the New Covenant University.

Under his leadership El Bethel quickly became the church, “Where the Presence of God Makes Everybody, Somebody Special.” The church has grown from approximately 65 to well over 2500.

The services are filled with Insight, Inspiration, Instruction, and Empowerment. The Praise and Worship services are designed to reach up to God and reach out to man; while giving honor to One and help to the other.

Pastor Glass is a dynamic, energetic and internationally known preacher and teacher who has the ability to expound on the scriptures with simple elegance. His ability to take traditional precepts and transform them into contemporary practices helps El Bethel to remain real and relevant to saints and sinners of our day. His desire to make worship available to all has led El Bethel to three services each Sunday: 8:00am, 10:00am, and 12:15pm.

His pastoral associates have labeled him with the following – a man of integrity, a man of commitment, a man of compassion and a visionary. He has a fun personality and a great love for God’s people. “PG” as he is affectionately known has a profound ability to relate to the young and the old alike. He promotes Christian unity and family values.

Pastor Glass has implemented many ministries and restructured many existing ministries at El Bethel Church that he senses are from God. He believes that Great Challenges demands Great Faith that brings Great Changes and Great Glory to God! His time thus far at El Bethel has been filled will Great Accomplishments that were the result of Great Challenges.

El Bethel has many accomplishments that are important. We are particularly proud of the purchasing, remodeling and expansion of the property at our former locations 15340 Puritan, 15400 Puritan and 16100 Greenfield. Under Pastor Glass’ leadership and guidance El Bethel was able to sell these former properties and move to the current edifice at 25295 Grand River Ave. Since the move there has been major renovations to better serve the ministry. Currently, we are embarking on another major capital campaign where we will become debt-free.

Pastor Glass’ secret weapon is his prayer life and that of his 300+ Prayer Warriors who partners with him to fast and pray for him, his family, the church members and El Bethel ministry every day and every hour of the day. The El Bethel Church family has been blessed spiritually, physically, and financially by the anointing that the Lord has placed on Pastor Glass’ life and ministry as he minds the master and ministers to mankind throughout the city and the nation.

The El Bethel Church family continues to believe and witness that Pastor Glass has the courage of Joshua, the strength of David, the faith of Paul, the prayer life of Daniel, the wisdom of Solomon and he fears the Lord like Job. He is a man of God, unmoved by Satan, yet determined through the direction of the Holy Spirit to carry out the vision of the ministry given to him concerning our El Bethel Church family by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

We celebrate God leading El Bethel another year through the Man and Ministry of Lawrence C. Glass Jr.!


  • Senior Pastor of El Bethel Church
  • Former International President of the Kingdom Builders Pastors & People International (KBPPI)
  • Third Vice President of the B.M.E. State Convention
  • Member of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity. Served in the following positions:
    • Program Committee Chairman,
    • Treasurer
    • Financial Secretary
    • Vice President
    • President
  • Member of the Redford Ministerial Alliance
  • Community Advisory Liaison, DTE