Chris Lawson

Photo: Visiting printing house in Romania.    

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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. Chris's Radio Interviews/Teaching can be listened to here.

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 [discernment]; 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).

Where Chris has served (1989 to present):

  • LawsonChristopher.Org (2013 to present)

  • Spiritual Research Network (2004 to present)

  • Scotland Missions, Edinburgh, Scotland (2003-2007)

  • Calvary Chapel San Luis Obispo, CA, co-founding pastor (1993-2003)

Outreach, Mission Trips & Church Planting

Central Coast, California (2007-2019) - Bible studies, research/writing, community outreach.

Oswestry, England (2016) - The Sanctuary Conference.

Edinburgh, Scotland (2011) - Visit friends and fellowships.

Argyll & Butte, Western Highlands, Scotland (2011) - Prospective move back to Scotland.

Central Coast, California (2007-2012) - Relocation. Severe back injury, disability, rehabilitation.

Talmachiu,Transylvania, Central Romania (2006) - Apologetics seminars, Golgota Mission Bible College.

Casablanca, Western Morroco (2006) - Missionary visit.

Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, South India (2005) - Pastors conference and visit nine villages and orphanage.

Portobello & Joppa, Edinburgh, Scotland (2004-2007) - Move to Edinburgh Seaside.

Duddingston Village, Edinburgh, Scotland (2003) - Move to Edinburgh.

York, England (2003) - Relocate to York, England from California (five months).

Edinburgh, Scotland (2002) - Chris and four other guys - Scout Trip.

LaGloria, Mexico (2002) - Shepherd's Staff Missions Facilitators, Inc.

Motherwell, Scotland (2001) - Short Term Missions Trip.

Central Coast, California (1993-2003) - Church Planting.

[Paris, France (1993) - Chris's wife - Cal Poly Campus Ministry.]

Nusa Lembongan, Bali and Lombok, Indonesia (1993) - Surfers for Missions.

Pahoa, Hawaii (1993) - Construction (roofing), evangelism outreach.

Paia, Maui, Hawaii (1993) - Surfers for Missions.

Central Coast, California (1991-1993) - Living Water Surf Fellowship.

Central Coast, California (1991-1993) - Cal Poly Campus Ministry.

Milan, Italy and Paris, France (1989) - Modeling work / evangelism.

*  Madrid, Spain (1988) - Modeling work, pre-Christian era, three months.

*  Other travels - Egypt, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, England, Mexico.