Our pastors

The Late Dr. Charles E. Hawthorne

 Dr. Charles E. Hawthorne was an anointed preacher, teacher, writer and counselor who dedicated his life to making a qualitative difference in the lives of people through the supernatural power of God’s Word.

Called to the kingdom for such a time as this, this man of God prepared himself to serve his generation by the will of God. His academic preparation resulted in the reception of a B.A. degree in Sociology, a M.A. degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a PhD degree in Biblical Counseling. His ministerial preparation resulted in him being licensed as a minister, ordained as an elder, and appointed as a pastor.

A church planter, organizer and overseer, he regarded himself as a servant sent by God to serve his local church, his denomination and the body of Christ at large. From the beginning of his ministry in 1975, God used him to minister to thousands of people from a wide variety of church backgrounds. Pastor Hawthorne experienced much success in taking the gospel to young people on college campuses across the State of Michigan and other parts of the nation. His heartbeat, however, was the local church, which he sees as God’s end-time vehicle for administering the balm that can bring about the healing of sin-sick souls.
Dr. Hawthorne; a husband, father, and visionary leader who served as the President and CEO of Hawthorne Ministries. It is through this urban missions organization that he sought to extend ministry beyond his own local church to other churches here in America and abroad. His passion was to see the proclamation of the Word bring about restoration in individuals, reformation in the church and transformation in our society.

Pastor Hawthorne went from labor to reward November 1, 2021 and has left a lasting legacy for many generations to come.


Lead Pastor Donna Hawthorne

Evangelist Missionary Donna Hawthorne was born into a Christian home in Tallahassee, Florida. Her parents the Reverend George and Ann Covington, raised her and her five siblings to love and reverence God at an early age. The family eventually moved to Saginaw, Michigan where Missionary Hawthorne was born-again at Greater Williams Temple C.O.G.I.C. She was active in the Choir, on the Junior Usher Board and participated in YPWW. She has been living in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan since the year of her marriage to Pastor Charles E. Hawthorne in July of 1978.

While a junior at Saginaw High School, Missionary Hawthorne was an exchange student to Liberia in West Africa. This experience served to be a turning point in her life where purpose was birthed in her spirit. God placed within her a desire to serve humanity and make a difference in the lives of people.

She attended Washtenaw Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree as a Medical Office Specialist. Later she attended Eastern Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child & Family Development with a minor in Child Care Services. While in college, Missionary Hawthorne served as secretary with “The United Students for Christ,” a campus ministry organization. It was here she met her future husband, Reverend Charles E. Hawthorne. Missionary Hawthorne has obtained a Certificate of Completion in the Extraordinary Women Series from the American Association of Christian Counselors. In 1990, Missionary Hawthorne was Co-founder and President of an interdenominational Pastor’s Wives Ministry Group in Ann Arbor. Missionary Hawthorne has owned several businesses and presently serves as chair of the Prayer Dome Committee of Labor of Love Church. She also serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors and Assistant Director of Hawthorne Ministries.

Evangelist Missionary Hawthorne ministers the World of God under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. She is a dynamic workshop and conference speaker whose notebook, “The Destiny Journey Notebook and Journal” and workshop “A New Breed of Women” has literally changed the lives of women. She is the biological mother of two children, Charles II and LaDonna, as well as a spiritual mother, and is regarded as a mentor and wonderful example of a virtual woman.

Since the passing of her husband, Dr. Charles E. Hawthorne, she has taken on the role as Lead Pastor of Labor of Love Church and is carrying the mantle Pastor C.E. Hawthorne left behind.


Associate Pastor Derrick Lindsey

Pastor Derrick Leo Lindsey is the first-born child of James and Betty

Lindsey. Pastor Derrick is happily married to his beautiful wife, Dr. Tina Rochelle Lindsey (Corr) for almost 35 years.

This union has produced three beautiful children, Erika Ray, Kristina Cohn, and Tereck Lindsey; two son-in-loves, Leonard Ray I and Zach Cohn; and one energetic grandson, Leonard Ray II. Pastor Derrick is a graduate of Detroit Cass Tech High School (82) and the University of Michigan (B.A. in Economics 87′).

Pastor Derrick has been a member of Labor of Love church since getting saved on University of Michigan’s campus in 1985. He has served in every ministry that has ever existed in Labor of Love church except the women’s ministry. He served as vice president and president of Agape Campus Fellowship before graduating from the University of Michigan. Upon acknowledging the call to ministry, he served as a deacon before becoming a licensed minister and subsequently an ordained minister within the church. Pastor Derrick has a strong heart for evangelistic outreach and intercession. Seeing someone give their life to the Lord and having a strong, fiery relationship with Jesus is what motivates him.

Pastor Derrick served as a gospel music radio DJ for seven years on WCBN FM Ann Arbor.

Pastor Derrick worked several years with Spring Arbor Distributors, the world’s largest Christian wholesaler of books, bibles, music, church supplies and gifts as a Telebusiness Representative. When Spring Arbor Distributors moved to Tennessee, he started his own gospel music mobile DJ business, Sounds of Revival DJ Service. Pastor Derrick currently runs an online business he started, Joyful Treasures, an eBay store that sells electronics, shoes, bibles, and a variety of other items.