Ian Lawson was born in Scotland and grew up near Toronto, Ontario. His life was shaped by believing parents, who faithfully brought him to a Christ-centered, gospel-focused church where his early discipleship began. After high school Ian graduated from Briercrest Bible College and married Connie, from Great Falls, Montana. His pastoral ministry has always been with the Evangelical Free Church. Together they pastored a small church in Whitecourt, northern Alberta, and then planted a church in Edmonton. While pastoring Ian complemented his theology studies with a degree in history and philosophy from the University of Alberta.
Ian and Connie relocated, with their growing family, to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, in pursuit of a master’s degree. During that time, they became very close friends with Lee and Terry Heyward. Their hearts were knit together in a short time. While they dreamed of ministering together Ian felt called to return to Canada where the spiritual needs are greater in that rapidly secularizing culture. Ian graduated with an MA in Old Testament, and was invited to teach at Briercrest, his alma mater. Those were years of development as he learned to teach and to lead.
The Evangelical Free Church in Lethbridge (Alberta) invited Ian to come to their growing, dynamic church as lead pastor. These were years of meaningful ministry as all of the experiences and education of the past decades merged into this new role. People came to Christ, others grew in their discipleship, staff was added, and the building was expanded to accommodate the growth. Those were rich and valuable years of service, until 2016 when the Lord in his sovereign will chose to take Connie home to Himself. Through the adversity of her short illness the Holy Spirit continued to work in profound ways across the congregation. After her passing Ian remained in the role of lead pastor for two years while he and the church grieved together.
Ian resigned from the rigors of pastoral ministry in order to embrace the next chapter of life and ministry. Having been at the same church for 20 years, losing his life partner, and turning 65 converged to make this an obvious right decision. During those years God brought many opportunities his way to serve the global church, including occasional ministry with Lee Heyward and BrookLink. Throughout the previous 30 years of ministry Ian had opportunity to serve on boards of several mission agencies, and to teach in various settings overseas. For the past 15 years he has served on the board of Compassion Canada, giving him firsthand occasions to witness the global church in action.
This year of vision marks the beginning of Ian’s new ministry—giving leadership to BrookLink. The board has created a unique arrangement, allowing him to work remotely from his home in Canada and be present at the office for one week each month. This enables him to continue his solo relationship with his 5 grown children, who are all married, and the 15 grandchildren they have produced! Ian has a passion for the global church and is thrilled to serve with a ministry that equips local church leaders who minister in under-served areas of the world. He is committed to the mission of BrookLink, to strengthen churches and gospel movements around the world by equipping, empowering, and releasing leaders.