Bishop Lanier C. Twyman, Sr. is the Pastor of the St. Stephen Baptist Church, Temple Hills, Maryland. He is married to the former Tonya Garnes-Reed, and is the proud father of three sons, Lanier Jr., Joshua, and James.
Bishop is a native Washingtonian. He has a degree in Business Management from the University of the District of Columbia, a Biblical Studies degree from Andersonville Baptist Bible College and Seminary, and has studied at the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary, and the National Bible College. Currently, Bishop is enrolled in the Graduate School of Theological Studies providing him opportunities to study on the campuses of Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Emory Universities.
GOD continues to enlarge Bishop’s mission-related territory. He was chosen to participate in the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Pastoral Excellence Program (PEP) which afforded him the opportunities for mission trips to Guyana, Jamaica and Italy. He has also traveled to Peru for mission work.
Bishop serves as an Executive Board member of the Baptist Convention of Washington, DC & Vicinity and a member of the Missionary Baptist Ministers’ Conference. As Full Gospel District of Columbia State Bishop, he leads State Fellowship Pastors in the mission of “Changing a Generation”.
Before Bishop was called to Pastor the St. Stephen Baptist Church, and because of his continual quest for lost souls, he founded the Mountain Top Ministries (MTM) more than 17 years ago. MTM is an urban outreach ministry that serves, and evangelizes in homeless shelters and nursing homes, and is presently an arm of the 41-plus ministries that comprise the St. Stephen Baptist Church.
Bishop Twyman can be heard each week on the radio and on several television stations. As a gifted preacher and teacher, Bishop Twyman is a sought-after preacher; his hallmark humility has made many fond of him, as he is well-respected in the ecumenical and civic communities throughout this country.
Although his life is filled with many accomplishments, the participation in many organizations and outreach, he is passionate and dedicated to his family, and is grateful to GOD for the various opportunities afforded him.