Chris Lawson and his wife have been actively involved in Christian ministry and church planting since they were married in 1993.
Throughout the years church planting, missions work and hospitality have been the primary focus of their work. Chris was ordained as a pastor in 1997 and his wife has served as a gifted worship leader and athletics coach for youth. Chris's family is also involved in various sports and the local surfing community.
At the present time Chris is focusing on research, writing and periodic speaking engagements. Read more about Chris's teaching and Christian apologetics seminars.
Purpose and Mission Statement
The LawsonChristopher.Org missions and teaching website is an independent Christian outreach of the Chris Lawson family. We are committed first and foremost to the Lord Jesus Christ and the integrity of God's Word, and our outreach exists in order to:
Chris Lawson – researcher/lecturer – is both an experienced missionary and an ordained pastor. As such, he has spent much time as a researcher, writer and counselor, helping people escape the clutches of spiritual deception. Among his achievements and calling as a career missionary, he has served as a long-term church planter in the USA and also in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also the Founder and Director of Spiritual Research Network, a Christian outreach dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel and encouraging biblical discernment.
As General Editor and staff writer for the Spiritual Research Network publication and website, his articles have appeared in discernment resource publications such as Forcing Change and Lighthouse Trails Research Project. He has spoken at numerous churches, been a guest Bible teacher at Golgota Mission Bible Institute, Talmachiu, Romania (Transylvania), and participated in apologetics and discernment seminars in Scotland, England, South India and California.
Along with being an expository Bible teacher, he has spent more than twenty years researching, informing and warning of the dangers of cults, the occult and mysticism based spirituality. He has also provided news agencies, students, consumers, church leaders, healthcare professionals and law enforcement agencies with assessments, and/or instruction. Formerly serving for nearly 25 years in the Calvary Chapel movement, fourteen of these being a missionary and pastor, he is now focusing on his independent ministry of research, writing and teaching.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, surfing and being outdoors.
“And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11, KJV).
"I was born in Newport Beach, California in 1968 and grew up in a wonderful close-knit family environment. I loved surfing, soccer and making lots of friends. While pursuing an active modeling career, surfing and dabbling in New Age spirituality, I became very disillusioned with what this world has to offer. No matter what I did in my pursuit of peace and happiness I always came up empty handed - my heavily burdened, guilt-laden conscience hounded me to no end. Little did I know, I desperately needed to be forgiven of all of my sins by the Savior of the world.
As a result of this, I began reading the Bible and investigating the claims of the biblical Jesus Christ. I sincerely wanted to know about the real Jesus, not the counterfeit ones of the cults, hyper-faith movements and the money preacher Christianity as is seen on T.V. Those are the things that turned me off to Christianity when I was a kid and I wanted nothing to do with them. Now, at the age of 19, I wanted the truth more than ever. In the Fall of 1989, on a rainy November evening, I yielded my life to Jesus Christ - the one I read about in the New Testament. As Scripture teaches, I was born-again just like Jesus said (John 3:3-5). In other words, I was made alive spiritually in my innermost being by the Living Holy Spirit of God.
Nothing "weird" happened like the false Christianity as seen on T.V., I simply yielded to and trusted in God as He has said to do in His Word - to save me from my sins and the penalty of judgment that I deserve to pay for sinning against God. As I repented from my sins and yielded to the Lord I was changed in a moment of time. At that very moment the huge weight and burden of sin and a filthy conscience was washed away! I was "born-again" [i.e., born-anew; made alive in Christ; born from above] according to what the Bible describes when one repents from sin and turns to faith in Christ alone for salvation.
As I studied the Bible and grew in my personal understanding of God's wonderful grace, little by little my life was transformed from the inside out. Forgiveness of sins, spiritual freedom and joy and learning to be victorious over sinful passions was a wonderful new way of life for me! Since that evening in the Fall of 1989, Jesus Christ has been transforming my life. There is no other explanation for this biblical transformation as the Bible describes it in John 3 and Romans 12:1-2. Jesus Christ truly has risen from the dead and He has done this wonderful thing in my life. All praise is to Him!"
Chris has a growing family and his wife is an accomplished worship leader who has worked with youth throughout the years - in sports and at Christian camps and outreaches.
"I was born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California. I grew up in a Baptist Church and had knowledge of God and the Bible. It wasn’t until I had experienced the world and felt the burden of shame and guilt that I truly understood the depth of meaning of the cross of Christ - what Jesus fully accomplished there for me personally, in my place...
Now I long to be used by the Lord and to see other women set free. I love to proclaim the amazing love of Jesus to anyone who will listen. My favorite thing to do is sing the Gospel, hoping that the Scripture Truths I sing will lead people to believe and entrust themselves eternally to the One and Only Savior - Jesus!" - J.
In January of 2003, after spending 10 years helping a number of other families start a Christian fellowship on the Central Coast of California, Chris and his wife transplanted their family and ministry to Edinburgh, Scotland. Initially they set out to plant another church. In time however, the Lord led them into a number of different outreach endeavors whereby they were able to make more of an impact than had they stayed with their initial plans. Home Bible studies, local basketball coaching, youth Bible studies at a primary school, assisting with a Scottish church plant and starting the SRN outreach were just some of the outreaches they were involved with. They were also able to be involved with the Edinburgh Institute of Biblical Studies. In April of 2007, after four blessed years of ministry in Scotland, the Lawson's moved back to the Central Coast of California.
From 2007 to 2017 they have been actively involved on the Central Coast of California, helping build up believers in Christ, building their SRN ministry and spending time in community activities and local sports programs. Chris continues to recover from a long-term back injury that occurred in 2009 as a result of working his Landscape Fire Safety business. His business was terminated shortly after his injury.
In retrospect, as the Lawson's look back over the last 22 years, they have grown much in their marriage and ministry. They have helped each other and encouraged each other all along the way. and they have also learned that their strength together in ministry stems from a healthy Christian marriage. The Lawson's believe that nothing can take the place of building a strong marriage together, loving each other sacrificially, and then loving others. Throughout their 24 years of marriage and ministry together they have been constantly reminded of the simple truth of God’s love for them and for all mankind.
"For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Our Greatest Joy
The Lawson's single greatest joy in life is to tell people about the everlasting love, grace and salvation found only through the risen Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you don’t truly know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior yet - personally, your sins have not been forgiven! Why not surrender your life to the Living God today! Repent from your sinful ways and yield to and trust in Him completely for your salvation. In doing so you will be born of His Spirit and made spiritually alive in Christ. He is able to make you spiritually alive and cleanse you from your sins and give you the rest and assured hope of eternal life - TODAY, in and through Him! Remember, you cannot work for your salvation...no one can! Pride and rebellion against God only lead to damnation, but repentance from sin and trusting Christ alone for your salvation will result in eternal life. Today is the day of salvation!!! Choose this day whom you will serve! Repent and believe the Gospel!
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Page updated January 26, 2018
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