Laura Robeson grew up near Baltimore, Maryland, and attended First and St. Stephens Evangelical and Reformed Church, which became First and St. Stephens United Church of Christ (UCC). She was a member of Amistad St. Paul United Church of Christ in Lanham, Maryland. Laura has been a member of and active in the UCC for all of its 53 years, continuing that association as a member of Apples UCC, Thurmont, MD.
Her undergraduate degree was from the University of Maryland, College Park in Secondary Education, Social Studies. Her first Master’s degree was in Secondary Education from Bowie State University in 1982. She then attended Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., where she was awarded the Master of Divinity degree in May, 2007.
Prior to her entering seminary in 2004, Minister Robeson taught for 30 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. She had retired in 2002 and had hoped to travel, relax, read and do needlepoint. Through her service in various offices of the church in a number of settings, Laura has gained knowledge of what it takes to lead others and to train others to be leaders by being active in her local church. In addition, she has served on the Potomac Association Local Church Development Committee and the Women’s Coordinating Committee of both the Potomac Association and the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ. All of these activities, led Laura to answer the call to ministry.
God has called Laura into ministry, first through her interest in and work for the equality of women in the world and in the church. Secondly, God called Laura to be a leader in Christian Education, particularly with the idea of balance in all aspects of the Christian life: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. She testifies to a Christ-centered life in these areas that has resulted in spiritual growth and her seminary training. Finally, God calls Laura to be devoted to bringing into being a multi-cultural, multi-racial, open and affirming church that is socially motivated to serve the “least of these.” She was ordained by and called to be Co-Pastor at Apples United Church of Christ in Thurmont, Md. In 2013, and now is Pastor at Apples, where she has been a member for 9 years, and preaching for over three years.
Laura serves as the part-time pastor at Apples UCC. As part of her church work, currently, she is serving a three year term on the Catoctin Association Church and Ministry Commission. She volunteers at the Thurmont Food Bank.
Laura is married to Dwight Robeson, celebrating over 42 years of marriage. They have a daughter, Sarah, who is working in medical research in California. Their son, Andrew, is working as Youth Director at Camp Hill United Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. He is married to Jenny, Children’s Ministry Director at the same church, and they have given her three precious grandchildren.