Rev. Dr. Carlon L. Lassiter
Dr. Carlon L. Lassiter is the 10th Pastor of the historic Saint John Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Virginia. He is a native of Williamsburg. Dr. Lassiter is a proud alumnus of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and is a two-time graduate of the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where he earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Since his youth, he has been a member of St. John Baptist Church and has served his church as a mentor, trustee, deacon, and now as Pastor. Saint John Baptist Church continues to grow under Dr. Lassiter's leadership. He has a purpose focused on ministry to youth and young adults. He seeks to minister to an intergenerational congregation by preaching and teaching God's Word with power, conviction, and simplicity.
He also serves his community by spreading the liberating gospel at the local detention center, jail ministry, and wherever he has the opportunity to teach, lecture and preach. Dr. Lassiter's love and sense of compassion for others make him no stranger to service in the community. He is a member of the Tri-County Pastors' Council, and civically, he is the current Vice President of the Williamsburg Men's Club. Above all, he adores God and the task of demonstrating His grace in the lives of others by testifying that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Pastor Lassiter believes that we were endowed with life and created in God's image in order to be with and for one another. Dr. Lassiter, therefore, endeavors to combat the influence of colonialism and postcolonialism on biblical interpretation and, consequently, the Black church and community.
Dr. Lassiter is married to the Love of his Life, the former Tamecha Stacks, and together they have two beautiful daughters, Casey and Crystal (Crysee).