Bishop Lawrence A. Ward

Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Virginia Ward 

Associate Pastor

Rev. Lonnie Daniels

Executive Pastor

 Bishop Lawrence A. Ward

Bishop Lawrence A. Ward is the Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a position he has held since June 1994. He also serves as the Bishop and Presiding Elder of the New England District of the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God, Inc. As a minister, teacher, and trainer, he is involved with various organizations, including Cambridge Black Pastor’s Alliance and the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston. He currently serves on the board of Vision New England.

He has served as a former President of the Central Square Minister’s Association, a board member of the Boston Ten Point Coalition, Treasurer of the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Greater Boston Prayer Summit, Riverside Leadership Council, Cambridge Community Television, Boston Youth Ministries Development Project, and the Governor’s Advisor Commission for Responsible Fatherhood and Support.

In April 1984, Bishop Ward accepted the call of God to pastoral ministry. He was ordained in September 1990 and became pastor of the Abundant Life Church in June 1994.

Bishop Ward holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northeastern University, and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has also completed a three-year internship at the Jack Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture in Van Nuys, California; successfully completed the Harvard Summer Leadership Institute; and has been certified as a trainer for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). Additionally, Bishop Ward is a guest lecturer for the Mentored Ministry class and a Course Instructor for the Entrepreneurship and the Church class at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Campus.

He co-founded a consulting business, Wards of Wisdom, with his wife of 33 years, Rev. Dr. Virginia Ward offering training and consulting for churches and leaders seeking change. He is currently attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary pursuing a Masters of Arts in Religion in Workplace Theology, Ethics and Leadership.


Rev. Dr. Virginia Ward

Rev. Dr. Virginia Ward is a native Bostonian and daughter of the church. Virginia has always had a love for youth. In February 2001, she became a licensed minister. In September 2003, she became an ordained minister.


Virginia is the Director of Leadership and Mentored Ministries at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston Campus, where she teaches classes in urban youth ministry, leadership, and directs mentored ministries.


Virginia served as the first full-time Youth Pastor of the Abundant Life Church. She also served as the Director of Black Campus Ministries (BCM), New England for Intervarsity, a campus-based organization that seeks to build spiritual communities of students and faculty.


Virginia attended Northeastern University and majored in management. She attended the Center for Urban Ministerial Education of Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and majored in urban ministry. She received a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry from Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary. Virginia completed a Doctorate of Ministry in Emerging Generations at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


Virginia serves as trainer for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative; a national, faith-based urban youth leadership venture founded by the DeVos families. In April 1999, she completed the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative as the Boston City Coordinator and a participant. Virginia has served as a coach for youth workers in San Diego, Detroit, and Pittsburgh and New York. She is a keynote and workshop speaker for the Orange Tour and national youth worker conferences. Virginia has also served as the lead instructor for Gordon-in-Boston, the cross-cultural experience for students attending Gordon College.

She is the wife of 33 years of Bishop Lawrence Ward, Pastor of the Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, MA., and the mother of two adult sons, Paul and Mark. 

Rev. Lonnie Daniels

Rev. Lonnie Daniels is Executive Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a Brooklyn native that has a heart for the Lord and his people. Rev. Daniels has always had a desire to do more for God's people inside and outside of the church. That desire has lead him to work with ex-offenders, helping them to access social services and to get their lives back on track. In addition, he's worked in residential programs, and the mental health field with both adolescents and adults. No matter what career choice he made, his goal was to help people better their lives.

As the Executive Pastor, one of the blessings of his position is working in an urban ministry. Rev. Daniels feels his experience working with various populations is an asset to the ministry and the community. He says another blessing of his position is being able assist the bishop and oversee the day-to-day operations of the church. He is also blessed to work with ministry leaders on ways to enhance their ministries, and to create a welcoming environment for all who come to church.

Rev. Daniels has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology, with a minor in spiritual and clinical counseling. He is currently a pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts.