Steven B. Lawrence

Adjunct Faculty, ESCM

Reverend Lawrence became a part of, the Seminary’s certificate and diploma program for Adult learners, Eastern’s School of Christian Ministry (ESCM), in 1992. 

Reverend Lawrence has served for forty-one (41) years as the Administrative Assistant to the Pastor, White Rock Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA. He has served as staff and leader for local, regional and national conferences for youth and adults.  Rev. Lawrence has written a weekly “Gist of the Sunday School Lesson” since 1975. He is a workshop facilitator and instructor. Rev. Lawrence provides a monthly continuing education learning session for the West Philadelphia Baptist Congress of Christian Education, an association of over 20 Church Sunday Schools. He was invited to help the Church of Christian Compassion develop its Compassion School of Ministry (CSM) and has served as an instructor since 2017.


B.A. Eastern University, St. Davids, PA

M. DIV. Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

Classes Taught

OT: The Pentateuch 

OT: The Prophets

NT: Life and Ministry of Jesus

NT: Message of the Early Church

Old Testament Theology

New Testament Theology

Life and Letters of Paul

The Parables of Jesus

Research Interests

Conversation on race and the Christian Church. Developing methods and strategies for ecumenical and interfaith conversations that build community.


1975 –Present 
“The Gist of the Sunday School Lesson” weekly commentary on the Sunday School lesson curriculum provided by Standard Publishing.

“The Importance of Doing Bible Study with Youth” The Baptist Leader, March 1988, Vol. 49, No. 12, American Baptist Churches, Valley Forge, PA 

“Bookmarks, Bible Explorations for Older Youth” Volume 1, Section 3 (1999) and Volume 3, Section 2, Church School Curriculum Published by Judson Press, Valley Forge PA.