Our Pastor

Laurie has always been a champion of the local church. She believes it's God's #1 plan to grow and equip believers in their faith, giftings and callings and is what He works through to minister His heart to our communities, cities and the nations.


She was especially involved in leading worship, youth and media ministries in the churches she served before planting Praise City. She has been a songwriter and co-writer on many worship songs that have been sung in churches across the country and internationally. She is bi-vocational and is a teacher along with serving in pastoral ministry at Praise City.

She pursued studies in Christian Ministry and Theology at Apostolic

Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN, Jackson College of Ministries in

Jackson, MS and also holds a B.S in Education from the University Of

Wisconsin Stevens Point. She carries her ministerial ordination with 


Laurie is the proud mom of 2 amazing daughters: Riley Erin Black (26)

married to Rylan Cole Black. Rylan and Riley lead the worship and

media ministries at Praise City and are extremely talented artists and

producers in their personal musical pursuits as well. They live in

Phoenix with their cats "Maya" and "Finley".


Her youngest daughter Reagan Elyse (9) is a 4th grader and has a 

current obsession with unicorns, LOL dolls and loves her little

puppy "Junie".