Lawrence E. Adjah is a community builder, business advisor and Pastor dedicated to creating content, community and conversation that unites, heals and transforms lives.
He’s the Founder and Chairman of Family Dinner Foundation, an international, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to connect the world as a family at and beyond the dinner table. Inspired by the growing epidemic of loneliness and isolation, the foundation launched its first initiative, Our Family Dinner in 2008, focused on improving the well-being of individuals by facilitating family inspired citywide and neighborhood-based dinners in major cities all over the world.
Lawrence began his career as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in its New York office, helping to serve some of the world’s largest professional sports organizations and media companies. Prior to joining McKinsey, he was a nationally ranked track and field competitor through college, where he entered as a National Champion & HS All-American. After McKinsey, Lawrence served as the Senior Director of Business Development at a premiere sports and entertainment marketing agency in New York. He later became a direct advisor to some of the world’s leading film & entertainment companies through his own advisory consulting firm, Adjah, which he still leads.
Over time Lawrence became burdened by the sleeping giant of our time: loneliness. Observing that we’ve become more digitally connected than we’ve ever been, yet more isolated and disconnected interpersonally than ever before, it became his mission to address this growing issue.
In a time where many of us are mediating our lives behind a computer screen and are living in cities without strong pre-existing relationships, he believes that we were never meant to do life alone and that it is vital for people to have a space where they can build lifelong, life-sustaining relationships. Through his experience in business and community building, he became convinced the solution to this challenge is as much a spiritual matter as it is a civic, social, and technological opportunity.
As such, he currently serves as Founding Lead Pastor of a new church he will start and serve in Jersey City, NJ in Fall 2020. Lawrence most recently served as a Pastor-in-Residence and Management Team Member at Renaissance Church NYC, a non-denominational multicultural Harlem-based church plant and ministry.
Lawrence serves as an Advisory Board Member and Former President of the Board of Directors for The Harvard Black Alumni Society (HBAS). Lawrence also serves on the Board of Directors for the Urbanworld Film Festival and the national Board of New City Kids.
Lawrence holds a B.A., from Harvard University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.Ed from The University of Texas at Austin with distinction and a Masters of Divinity (M.Div) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (expected 2019).
Lawrence Ekwang Adjah was born on January 10, 1984 in Flatbush Brooklyn, New York, to Lawrence and Cornelia Adjah, both Nigerian immigrants. He was the third born of four, and was raised alongside his three sisters. His family later moved to Piscataway, NJ where he was raised and attended high school.