David “Fizz” Lawson, Lead Pastor
David Lawson, aka pastor Fizz for his amazingly fizzy approach to life, was born in Virginia and raised on a small farm. Although his grandfather was a Presbyterian minister, Fizz spent much of his life running away from the calling to preach. His passion for people and healing led him into the field of psychology, and as a licensed psychologist he counseled and primarily taught during the first quarter century of his life. Along with his wife Amy and their three children, he moved to Florida for another teaching gig, and shortly after arriving they added child number four. He has attended churches in many different denominations from Evangelical Free, to Presbyterian, Mennonite, Baptist, Orthodox, Assemblies of God and Wesleyan. Fizz has spent the last 9 years in the Methodist church where his soul was reawakened and his passion for preaching rekindled. Fizz loves anything sci-fi and all music from the 1980¹s – go Journey and Aha! His current favorite book series is Madeline L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time. His love for creativity and imagination has him with three of his own writing projects underway, and he is excited to see if anyone is willing to read his current musings. Fizz is most excited about seeing what will happen when a community of people learn and live the truth that love is the most powerful force in the universe! Come meet pastor Fizz at Renew and learn how your story can change your life.
Mike Larson, Worship Leader
Mike Larson is an Orlando native who enjoys pursuing creativity, spending time with his family and eating food! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Mike grew up going to his best friend’s family’s church, a division of the non-denominational Vineyard church movement. While there he acquired a passion for worship music, and particularly drumming. The Vineyard church community is responsible for many of the most beloved worship music played in churches today. They embrace a free-formed, intentionally Spirit-led approach to worship, which Mike tries to incorporate whenever he leads. Mike started playing drums in the youth band around the age of fifteen and by the time he was sixteen he had moved up to playing drums for all three of the main services on Sunday morning. After several years of drumming, Mike had the growing desire to lead the congregation himself and finding it hard to lead from a drum-set, he started to learn how to play guitar and sing. Since that time, Mike has led worship for numerous college organizations and small groups, was the youth band director at Northland Church, was mentored by several veteran worship leaders, and has had the opportunity to lead worship in a great number of Christian denominations. Mike is passionate about worshiping God through music. He believes that music is used by God to provide an intimate connection between Him and His people. Mike’s vision for Renew is to have a community of worshipers that connects to God through music that is intimate and has deep substance.