Dr. Steven J. Lawson

Executive Director

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the Founder and President of OnePassion Ministries, a teaching and preaching ministry designed to spread the truth of God’s Word, equip pastors to preach the word, and ignite biblical reformation in the church today. This ministry incorporates various outreaches of Dr. Lawson’s preaching, teaching, and writing.

Dr. Lawson is a graduate of Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D. Min.), has served as a pastor in Arkansas and Alabama for thirty-four years, and presently lives in Dallas, Texas.

The primary focus of Dr. Lawson’s ministry is the verse-by-verse exposition of the word of God. His pulpit ministry frequently takes him around the world, preaching in such places as South Africa, Russia, Brazil, Ukraine, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, Ireland, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and elsewhere abroad.

Dr. Lawson is a regular speaker at many conferences throughout the United States, including annually The Shepherd’s Conference with John MacArthur and the Ligonier National Conference with the late R.C. Sproul, and has spoken at many other conferences including Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and more.

The overflow of his diligent study and biblical preaching has led to his authoring thirty-two books, his latest releases being Called to Preach, The Cost, Show Me Your Glory and Philippians for You. His other publications include Pillars of Grace: A Long Line of Godly Men, Volume Two, The Daring Mission of William Tyndale, 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 Psalms: 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 many languages, including Russian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Albanian, Korean, Dutch, Croatian, Japanese, the Indonesian language, Chinese, and more.

Dr. Lawson also serves as the Editor for Expositor Magazine and the Series Editor for A Long Line of Godly Men Profile Series, a series of books which highlight noted Christian leaders from church history. Further, he has contributed chapters to various books that celebrate the lives and ministries of Martin Luther and John Calvin in The Legacy of Martin Luther and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology and also Preaching Like Calvin: Sermons From the 500th Anniversary Celebration.

Moreover, Dr. Lawson has contributed numerous chapters to various books, theological journals, and magazines such as Tabletalk, Banner of Truth, Bibliotheca Sacra, Expositor, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, The Master’s Seminary Journal, The Faith and Mission, Decision Magazine, Discipleship Magazine, and more.

As an instructor, Dr. Lawson is a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries, the Professor of Preaching at The Master’s Seminary, and the Dean of the Doctor of Ministry program, overseeing its development.

Also, Dr. Lawson has taught special lecture series on preaching at leading seminaries, including the annual Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series (2004) on “Expository Preaching of the Psalms” at The Master’s Seminary, the annual John Reed Miller Preaching Week (2010) on “The Expository Preaching of Ezra at the Watergate” at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, and the annual E.Y. Mullins Lectures on Preaching at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Since 2019 Dr. Lawson has been the lead preacher at Trinity Bible Church of Dallas, a Bible-teaching church in the heart of Dallas, teaching verse by verse through God’s Word at 5619 Dyer St - just north of downtown, near SMU.

Dr. Lawson presently serves on the boards Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College.

Steven and his wife Anne have three sons, Andrew, James, and John, and a daughter, Grace Anne.

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teaching fellow

Ligonier Ministries

Dr. Lawson is a teaching fellow with Ligonier Ministries in Sanford, Florida. He speaks at many different Ligonier events, including their regional conferences and the annual Ligonier National Conference. He has taught many of their recorded teaching series on topics like The New Birth, The Attributes of God, The Doctrines of Grace in the Gospel of John and Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord. He serves on the ministry’s board and teaches on some of their international study tours as well.

executive editor

Expositor Magazine

Dr. Lawson is the executive editor for Expositor magazine, a publication that addresses the history, biblical and theological dynamics and practice of expository preaching. This print magazine began in 2014 and has since produced 39 issues on various topics related to preaching and pulpit ministry. Dr. Lawson writes articles for each issue along with guest contributors like John MacArthur, RC Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson and Joel Beeke.

professor of preaching

Master’s Seminary

Dr. Lawson is the Professor of Preaching and the Dean of the D.Min studies at The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He teaches in both the D. Min and the M.Div programs on the Fundamentals of Preaching, The History of Preaching, and The Mechanics of Preaching. Over the years, he has taught hundreds of students from all over the world how to exposit the word.

founder & president

OnePassion Ministries

Dr. Lawson is the founder and president of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry that exists to ignite a supreme passion for God and His glory as well as equip a new generation of Bible expositors. OnePassion hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching, along with Ligonier Ministries, a three day event that trains and equips pastors in expository preaching. He also is the host and speaker of Expositor Podcast, The Bible Study, and Steadfast Hope podcasts.

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