Bill Lawrence is the President of Leader Formation International, Senior Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministries and Adjunct Professor of DMin Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary where he served full-time for more than twenty three years (1981-2004). During this time he also served as 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 served as Interim Pastor of Northwest Bible Church, Dallas, TX, on two different occasions.
Throughout the past thirty-seven years Dr. Lawrence has ministered in more than thirty nations. His focus is on the transformation of the hearts of leaders who are impacting the nations. Since founding Leader Formation International in 2002, Bill has spoken at conferences, led seminars, conducted worskshops, 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 leading them to see God's hand in their formation 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 has been married to Lynna for over 40 years and they have three married sons and several grandchildren.