ViewingMt. Zion F.B.H. Church
Philadelphia, PA 19127
Life Story of A Mother, Reverend, Pastor, Thelma Ladson, Randall Lawrence
On Thursday June 5, 1941 in Sumpter, South Carolina, God blessed this world with a beautiful baby girl named Thelma Ladson. Born to the late Dawson and Annie Williams Ladson. She was the youngest girl child of 14 children. She was reared as a knee baby and her mother taught her the scriptures inside and out. Her early education began in South Carolina and she continued her education in the Philadelphia public school system and received her high school diploma. She continued her Theological education at Manna Bible Institution and received a diploma. She desired to learn other languages and attended the Franklin Learning Center at night and achieved her goal of speaking Spanish and French.
Thelma was employed at the Philadelphia school system as a teacher’s assistant, then she became a Math teacher. She also was employed at Bayada as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
God called her to the ministry and she was a true Holy Ghost preacher. She lifted her voice like a trumpet and told everyone the errors of their ways. She was a true evangelist and added if you don’t get right, you are going to “Bust Hell Wide Open”
She met and married Jeremiah Randall Sr in the early 1950’s. to this union nine children were born. One preceded her in death, Stacy Randall. After the death of her husband, in the late 1990’s she met and married Deacon Lindsey Lawrence. She was a faithful member of the Fire Baptize Holiness church and attended the Gethsemane, F.B.H. Church. She later became a member of Evangelist Newborn, F.B.H. Church. After the death of Pastor Willie Jones, she was appointed pastor of Evangelistic Newborn and later assigned as pastor of Antioch, F.B.H. Church, Oxford, Pa. and Fort Hill, F.B.H. Church. Her favorite scriptures were When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah43: 2 and the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke 4:18. Her favorite songs were, Don’t stop praying, All of my life, I made a vow to the Lord. She served as Missionary President, Sunday School teacher, Willing Worker, District Evangelist, Directress of Foreign Mission just to name a few. She also served as Chaplin at the St. Joseph, Temple and Einstein Hospitals and the Geoffrey Medical Center.
She leaves to cherish fond memories four sons, Jeremiah Randall Jr, (Patricia), Floyd Randall (Charmain), Terry Randall, Paul Randall; four daughters, Nancy E. Porter, Melissa Randall, Liza Patrick(Steve), Linda Barnett. 17 Grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren one sister, Evangelist Evelyn Haynes, one sister in law Rosa Ladson, 54 nieces and nephews, Fire Baptize Church a host of friends and love ones.
In tears we saw you sinking and watched you fade away.
Our hearts were almost broken, we wanted you to stay.
But when we saw you sleeping so peaceful, free from pain, how could we wish you back with us to suffer that again. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.