Steven Lawson



2013 - SJL - from ligoniercenteredDr. Steven J. Lawson is president of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to bring about biblical reformation in the church today. He is also the Senior Pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, having served as a pastor in Arkansas and Alabama for over thirty years.

He is the Professor of Preaching in the masters and doctoral programs at The Master’s Seminary, where he also serves on the Board of Directors of The Master’s Seminary and College in Sun Valley, California. Dr. Lawson also serves as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries located in Orlando, Florida, where he lectures as a Visiting Professor in the Doctor of Ministry program at the Ligonier Academy. He is also on the board of Ligonier Ministries.

Dr. Lawson is a Council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and serves on its Executive Staff. He further serves on the Council for the Samara Center for Biblical Training in Samara, Russia.

The primary focus of Dr. Lawson’s ministry is the verse-by-verse exposition of God’s Word, which has made him a regular speaker at The Shepherd’s Conference, Ligonier National Conference, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and other conferences. His preaching has taken him around the world, ministering in Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, Scotland, Wales, England, Ireland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, and South Africa. His sermons are posted online and listened to in all fifty states and over one hundred countries.

The overflow of Dr. Lawson’s diligent study and biblical preaching has resulted in authoring eighteen books, his most recent releases are Preaching the Psalms and The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon. His other recent books include Pillars of Grace: A Long Line of Godly Men, Volume Two, the second of a three-volume set. The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards, The Expository Genius of John Calvin, and Foundations of Grace: A Long Line of Godly Men, Volume One.

In addition, Dr. Lawson has written three volumes in the Holman Old Testament Commentary Series, Job, Psalms Volume I (Psalms 1-75), and Volume II (Psalms 76-150). He has also authored Famine in the Land: A Passionate Call to Expository Preaching, Made In Our Image, Absolutely Sure, The Legacy, and Faith Under Fire. These books have been translated into various languages around the world, including Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Albanian, Korean, Dutch, Croatian, Japanese, and Indonesian.

Dr. Lawson has contributed chapters to John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology; Preaching Like Calvin: Sermons From the 500th Anniversary Celebration; and Calvin: For A New Reformation, works celebrating the 500 year anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. He also serves as the Series Editor for A Long Line of Godly Men Profile, a series of biographies focusing upon noted Christian leaders from church history.

Moreover, Dr. Lawson has written numerous articles for several theological journals and magazines, including The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Bibliotheca Sacra, The Master’s Journal, Puritan Reformed Journal, The Faith and Mission, TableTalk, Decision Magazine, Preaching Magazine, and Discipleship Magazine.

Dr. Lawson has taught in the John Reed Miller Preaching Week at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) on “The Expository Preaching of Ezra at the Watergate,” the Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series at The Master’s Seminary, lecturing on “Expository Preaching of the Psalms,” and the Nathan B. Maier Lecture Series on Expository Preaching at Dallas Theological Seminary on the book of Jonah. He also lectures on expository preaching at the Samara Preacher’s Institute & Theological Seminary.

Dr. Lawson is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D. Min.).Steve and his wife Anne have three sons, Andrew, James, and John, and a daughter, Grace Anne.