Bill Lawrence is the President of Leader Formation, Senior Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministries and Adjunct Professor of DMin Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where he served full-time for twenty-four years (1981-2005). During this time he also was the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Leadership for twelve years.
Bill is the author of two books: Beyond the Bottom Line–Where Faith and Business Meet, Moody Press and Effective Pastoring, Word Publishing.
Bill served twelve years as founding pastor of South Hills Community Church, San Jose, CA (1969 to 1981). He has also been the Interim Pastor of Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX, on two occasions.
Throughout the past forty-five years Dr. Lawrence has ministered in over thirty nations. His focus is on the transformation of the hearts of leaders who are impacting the nations as well as on the hearts of business leaders who make a great impact for Christ. Since founding Leader Formation International in 2002, Bill has spoken at conferences, led seminars, conducted workshops, and mentored leaders in Asia, Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. His goal is to engage the participants in their formation as leaders by guiding them to see God’s hand in their growth and encouraging them to integrate their character with their competencies. Much of his ministry has occurred in closed countries where church leadership is just emerging. He also leads the Wednesday Morning Men, a business and ministry leaders Bible study in Dallas, TX.
He has been married to Lynna for over 50 years, and they have three married sons – Kent and Michelle, Joel and Myndi, Kyle and McCall – and eight grandchildren.