Our Pastor and First Lady

Meet the Pastor and First Lady

Archbishop Lorenzo N. Peterson

Senior Pastor

Bishop Lorenzo N. Peterson is the Founder and Emeritus of the New Hope Freedom and Deliverance Cathedral in Louisburg, North Carolina. Bishop Peterson is a husband and father, married to the beautiful Starlett Watson-Peterson of Tacoma, Washington. Bishop Peterson initially received his ministerial training from the Burgaw Minister's Institute under the direction of his father, Rev. Robert F. Peterson Sr., at age 14. Later, he was licensed in the ministry under the leadership of Rev. Fred Evans, Pastor of Hayes Chapel Baptist Church of Rose Hill, North Carolina.

At age 18, after being filled with the Holy Spirit, Bishop Peterson began his evangelistic training in Fort Walton Beach, Florida under the leadership and training of Pastor Jim Brown, Evangelist Brenda Bynum, and Elder Clarence Oglesby of Sound Christ Gospel Church. Later, the Lord directed Bishop Peterson to the Beulah Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, Florida under the leadership of Pastor Scottie Thigpen, where he was ordained. His educational studies include: The Community College of the Air Force, Chapman College, Shaw University School of Divinity, and Freedom Life Bible College. Bishop Peterson received his Masters’ Degree in Theological Studies in 2008 and his Doctorate in Theological Studies in 2013 from the Regency Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.

While serving in the Air Force, Bishop Peterson was sent to the state of Alaska where he became the Assistant Pastor to the Rev. Ulysses S. Reid at the Eielson Air Force Base Chapel. Called by God, his next ministry assignment was to pastor at the North Post Chapel in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Lord then sent him to Tacoma, Washington. Under the direction of Superintendent James T. Watson Sr. of Greater Joy Church of God in Christ, he served as an Assistant to Superintendent Watson, where he was ordained as an Elder.

After relocating to North Carolina in 1988, Bishop Peterson began serving as the Youth Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cary, NC. In 1990, he became the pastor of the South Main Street Baptist Church of Louisburg, North Carolina. Upon completion of this assignment, he joined the Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop Leroy Jackson Woolard, Presiding Prelate of the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ and under the tutelage of Superintendent Patrick L. Wooden. On May 19, 2009, he was consecrated by the International Alliance of Bishops as Bishop Primate (Presiding Bishop) where Bishop D. Myles Golphin served as the Chief Consecrator. On July 26, 2018, Bishop Lorenzo Peterson was enthroned into the Archiepiscopacy as an Archbishop.

Bishop Peterson is a committed member to the Global Conference of Bishops of Raleigh, NC. He is also a member of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops in Cleveland, Ohio. Bishop Peterson is a recording artist and author of the book "Pathways to Perfection" and a workbook entitled "Chosen" designed specifically for clergy, ministers, and church leaders. As an active humanitarian, he serves as the Founder & President of the Help Make a Difference Foundation, Incorporated, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing youth and adults with vocational, community, and educational support. Bishop Peterson also serves as a Spiritual Advisor to Asia.

Due to his strong desire to equip and teach God's people, Bishop Peterson originated the Freedom Life Bible College, Incorporated. He also established the International Ministers Covenant Fellowship, Incorporated (IMCF), an organization that equips men and women to fulfill their call in ministry and the International Apostolic Communion (IAC), an organization that provides support and training to various organizations to provide church consultation, pastoral training and mentorship as well as Theological training to all Prelates, Apostles, Overseers, Moderators and Pastors, and Episcopal training. Bishop Peterson is a solid prophetic voice in the church and an international conduit in ministry, spreading the Gospel to nations.

Bishop Peterson's source of courage and strength is an Old Testament scripture found in Daniel Chapter 11 Verse 32b, "But the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits." This scripture also serves as a constant reminder that with a personal relationship with God and all of the power of the Holy Spirit living within...nothing is impossible.

Starlett Watson-Peterson

First Lady

Starlett Watson Peterson is a native Washingtonian and elder daughter of Supt. James and Verleda Watson, amongst seven siblings. She is an international Gospel music singer and recording artist with her family group known as "WATSON". She is an anointed psalmist and worshipper.

Starlett is an entrepreneur, cosmetologist of 30 years, real estate agent, and has launched a boutique with style and flavor for women everywhere called "2 CHIC BOUTIQUE." Go to https://www.2chicboutiques.com/ for more information.
Starlett has a heart to empower, inspire and mentor women everywhere. Her passion and dedication is committed to helping women discover their purpose and reach their highest potential in Christ. Starlett understands the pressures that women face in today's society and believes that inside every woman lies a person of strength and beauty with unique gifts and talents placed there by God to make a significant impact on their families and their community. Starlett discovered the freedom to live victoriously by applying God's Word to her life and in turn desires to help others do the same as they follow Christ.

For nineteen years, she has been a strong advocate to improve the lives of children with disabilities. Her motto is: “Never give up, always believe, and remember, with God all things are possible."

She is a faithful, loving, and supportive wife to Bishop Lorenzo N. Peterson and together they have seven children and thirteen grandchildren.

Her life scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways, acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path."