Ministerial Director, Ontario Conference, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oshawa, ON. Born: Portland, Jamaica.
Dr. Errol Lawrence is an ordained minister in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and was an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Canadian University College (CUC), in Alberta from 1999 until December 2005. In January 2006, Dr. Lawrence assumed his current position as Ministerial Director of the Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as well as Evangelism and Church Growth Coordinator.
Highlights: Led a mission trip with Adventist Development and Relief Agency and CAUC to Nicaragua, with students, constructing dozens of toilets in a remote area, of the country in 2000; missionary to Liberia – held positions of Special Assistant to Mission President, Hospital Chaplain, Stewardship Director, Health and Temperance Director, Communications Director, etc. from 1983-90; Pastor/Evangelist in London, England (1975-83); Senior Pastor, Apple Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church, Markham, Toronto, from 1995-98. Dr. Lawrence joined the staff of Canadian University College in 1998 and taught subjects such as homiletics, pastoral ministry, pastoral practicum, pastoral counseling, worship, church history and theology. He has taken students and others on mission trips to Kenya, Zimbabwe, Togo, Jamaica and Nicaragua.
Honours: Including, inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006); Distinguished Pastoral Service Award, Metro Toronto Ministerium of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (1999); Special Recognition for services to the World Health Organization and the AIDS Program in Liberia (1989-90); Special Recognition, for conducting Breathe Free Stop Smoking Programs in Liberia for Liberia Cancer Society (1985-90).
Works: Many conference papers & presentations including paper, “A Second Chance: Can Fallen Pastors be Restored?” for See Adventist Today (2002); wrote chapter in 100 Years of Adventism in Ontario (1999). Currently writing book, Lessons from London to Liberia.
Reviewed in: Adventist Jamaicans Abroad.
Education: Doctor of Ministry (1995); Master of Divinity (1992); Andrews University, Michigan; BA, Newbold College, England (1975).
Motto: It is not enough to dream about what you want to do; you must begin to do something about what you have spent so long dreaming about.
Favourite book? The Bible is my favourite book of books. I love the Bible because it is the Word of God which guides my life. Of the other books I love, one that stands out is a little book called, Who Will Cry When You Die? by Robin Sharma. It challenges me to make sure that my life has purpose and meaning, and that it is not lived in a vacuum. Thus compelling me to leave a legacy.
Favourite quote? “To be a man is not easy.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Play ice hockey because the game is so skillful, and team work is vital.
Who or what inspires you? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has always been my hero. I am inspired by the work that NASA does. And Dr. Oswald E. Gordon has been a great mentor because he sees every thing as possible.
Why do you do what you do? I feel called by God to be a compassionate leader and motivator of others. God called me to this vocation.