Arlene Hart White Lawrence (November 11, 1916 – November 10, 1990)
was a Bishop and the third President and General Superintendent of the
Pillar of Fire Church, a Protestant denomination which in 1966
operated church congregations, missionary homes, radio stations,
publishing operations, farms, schools and colleges from fifty-four
properties around the world. The denomination was founded in
Denver, Colorado by her grandmother, Alma Bridwell White, the first
woman to become a bishop in the USA. She believed that
"activities such as gambling and dancing take time from the really
important activities of life". She was the president of all three
church radio stations,
KPOF in Westminster, Colorado;
Zarephath, New Jersey
Zarephath, New Jersey and
WAKW in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She was born on November 11, 1916, the daughter of Kathleen Merrell
Arthur Kent White
Arthur Kent White (1889-1981). Her siblings include: Horace
White (1920-?) who married Evelyn and lived in California; Constance
White (1924- ) who married David Brown; and Pauline White (1927- ) a
pastor, who married Robert B. Dallenbach, a bishop in the church in
Denver. She married E. Jerry Lawrence, a bishop in the church. She
was one of the first people to broadcast on the local Pillar of Fire
KPOF in 1928. She and her sisters sang as the White
Sisters Trio, with Arlene accompanying the Trio on the violin. She
attended schools in
Westminster, Colorado and graduated from Alma
White College in 1941. She later earned a master's degree from
Columbia University. In 1943 she was ordained as an elder in the
Pillar of Fire church and she was consecrated as a bishop in 1974. Her
father Arthur Kent White, retired in 1975. She became president and
general superintendent of the church, and she retired in 1984. She
died on November 10, 1990 in
Belle Mead, New Jersey
Belle Mead, New Jersey and was buried in
Fairmount Cemetery in Denver.
Come Along (1956)
Lady Blue Bell's Forest Banquet (1973) Vantage Press, 44 pages
Weekly News and Notes column in the Pillar of Fire magazine
Hosted Saturday morning children's bible story program on WAWZ-FM
^ "Religious, Educational and Benevolent Activities of the Pillar of
Fire Movement". Pillar of Fire Church. 1966.
^ Lindley, Susan Hill (1996). You Have Stept Out of Your Place.
Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 0-664-25799-2. ... when she was
succeeded by her son Arthur and subsequently, her granddaughter Arlene
^ a b c "Bishop Arthur White, 92, Dies. Headed Pillar of Fire Church".
New York Times. September 18, 1981. Retrieved 2007-07-21. Bishop
Arthur K. White, president and general superintendent of the Pillar of
Fire Church in Zarephath, New Jersey, died Monday at his home in
Zarephath. He was 92 years old.
^ Mead, Frank Spencer (1990). Handbook of denominations in the United
States. Abingdon Press. ISBN 0-687-16572-5. Later her
granddaughter, Bishop Arlene White Lawrence, became president and
general superintendent, and was succeeded in 1984 by Donald J.
^ a b Greenberg, Lenore (August 24, 1975). "Faithful Savor Rural
Life". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 'Activities such as
gambling and dancing take time from the really important activities of
life' Bishop Arlene Lawrence declared during a recent ... Mrs.
Lawrence is the granddaughter of
Alma White and the daughter of Arthur
K. White, senior Pillar of Fire bishop and still active in church
affairs at the ...
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission reports. Federal Communications
Commission. 1985. Retrieved 2009-07-07. Bishop Arlene Lawrence is the
president of all three corporations and Rev. E. Jerry Lawrence is the
vice president of these three entities. ...
^ a b "Services tomorrow for church leader. Ex-president of Pillar of
Denver Post. November 13, 1990. Retrieved
2007-08-21. Services for Arlene White Lawrence, who once headed the
Pillar of Fire Church
Pillar of Fire Church ... Mrs. Lawrence, who died Nov. 7 at her home
in Belle Meade, New Jersey, was 73. ... Mrs. Lawrence was one of the
first people to broadcast on the local Pillar of Fire radio station,
KPOF, started in 1928. She and her sisters sang in the White Sisters
Trio. She wrote two books, one a travelogue and the other a book for
children. Mrs. Lawrence was born in Zarephath on Nov. 11, 1916. She
was reared in
Denver and Zarephath and finished high school at the
church-owned Belleview College here. She later graduated from Alma
White College in Zarephath and earned a master's degree at Columbia
University. She married the Rev. E. Jerry Lawrence , who died in 1983.
^ a b c "Pillar of Fire Bishop Dies". Rocky Mountain News. November
14, 1990. Retrieved 2009-07-05. Arlene White Lawrence, Bishop and
former president and general superintendent of the Pillar of Fire
Church, died last Wednesday in her home in Belle Mead, N.J. She was
73. ... Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery. Bishop Lawrence was the
granddaughter of Alma White, who founded the Pillar of Fire church in
Denver in 1901. Born Nov. 11, 1916, in Zarephath, N.J., Bishop
Lawrence divided her youth between New Jersey and ...
General Superintendents of the Pillar of Fire Church
Alma Bridwell White
Alma Bridwell White (1901-1946)
Arthur Kent White
Arthur Kent White (1946-1981)
Arlene White Lawrence
Arlene White Lawrence (1981-1984)
Donald Justin Wolfram (1984-2000)
Robert Barney Dallenbach (2000-2008)