Kevin E Lawson


  • Director, Ph.D and Ed.D. programs in Educational Studies
  • Professor of Christian Education

Dr. Kevin Lawson cares deeply about strengthening the educational ministry of churches. For 11 years, he served on church staffs as a minister of Christian education. He holds degrees in Christian education, biblical studies, and educational administration, and carries out research on local church educational ministry, theological and historical foundations of Christian education, and other related topics. Dr. Lawson teaches on the historical and theological foundations of Christian education, leadership issues, and educational research methods, and does ministry consultation. He has edited Understanding Children’s Spirituality: Theology, Research, and Practice (2012) and has written How to Thrive in Associate Staff Ministry (Alban, 2000) and contributed chapters to Shaped by God: Twelve Essentials for Nurturing Faith in Children, Youth, and Adults (2010), Introducing Christian Education and Formation (2008), Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions (2006), Children’s Spirituality: Christian Perspectives, Research, and Applications (2004), Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the 21st Century (2001), and the Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education. His research and writing has been published in several periodicals, including Christian Education Journal, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Religious Education, Journal of Youth Ministry, Growing Churches, The Journal for Case Teaching and two international journals. He serves as editor of the Christian Education Journal and “Christian Educators of the 20th century project” ( and on the Board of the Society for Children's Spirituality: Christian Perspectives.

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