About Us

Hello, friend! We are so thankful and blessed to have you praying for us and with us as we pursue the call God has placed on our lives to plant churches in the northeast. Since there are many of you we don’t know personally, we wanted to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves. We look forward to partnering with you and sharing the blessings of God’s work with you soon!


Greg 

E1-EI was born in Trenton, New Jersey, and I lived the majority of my life just outside that city in the town of Hamilton. I grew up in a home where I had weekly opportunities to hear about a guy named Jesus and how he died for the world. Although I made a profession of faith in Christ at an early age, it wasn’t until the end of my freshman year of high school that the conviction of theHoly Spirit was evident. I surrendered more fully to God’s Lordship my freshman year of high school. God gave me the task of starting a Bible club at my high school. Even though I ran into opposition and disapproval from others, God used that Bible club to affirm in me the mission He intended for my life: to make God’s name known to those who don’t know Him.

After high school, I moved to Wake Forest, NC, in 2007 to study at The College at Southeastern. I graduated with dual degrees in English and Biblical studies in the spring of 2011. During my time at Southeastern, I worked at the local ice hockey rink and at a great Italian restaurant in town. In 2012, Megan and I got engaged and married, and I started the master’s program at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In seminary, I was introduced to great people who were investing their lives in major cities around North America as church planters. God gave me that same passion to see new bodies of believers pop up in the spiritual deserts of the world.

I graduated from SEBTS in 2016 with a Master of Divinity with a focus in North American Church Planting. From August 2015 to October of 2017, I was blessed to intern with Ken Cordray of Living Faith Community Church (LFCC) and with the North American Mission Board in Pittsburgh, PA. This time of internship was a time of learning and testing. We have been able to apply the things we have learned in practical ways in Pittsburgh. For the last six months, I have been focusing on the growth of 412 Church while also serving as an interim associate pastor with LFCC.  I am looking forward to our next season and to following the Lord as we plant 412 Church in the Carlynton school district here in the Burgh.

Megan   Megan

I am a southerner through and through. Though I’ve lived in six states, North Carolina was the coldest before we moved up to PA from Wake Forest, NC. Winter in Pittsburgh was a bit of a shock, but God has been working, and I wouldn’t change a thing! And anyway, my family still lives in Georgia, so I do have a chance to escape the weather from time to time for a visit.

I grew up in church, and when I was in the eighth grade, God used my church’s youth ministry to show me all that Jesus did by dying on the cross for my sins. I became a Christian as I sat in my room reading a Christian fiction book and praying. After graduating from high school in 2005, I studied international business and marketing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. I had plans to be an international missionary, but God had a slightly different path for me. In 2009, I graduated from USC and started to pursue a master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. I now use my undergraduate degree and my master of arts in Christian education as a freelance editor and researcher. I edit books, Sunday school curriculum, and more and provide research for an incredible ministry consulting team. As a complete and utter word-nerd and research enthusiast, I love my jobs!

In 2012, I graduated from Southeastern, and Greg and I got married. He started seminary in the fall of that same year, and we’ve been on the road to becoming church planters ever since. Thankfully, I have been able to bring my job with me. I love the journey God has taken me on, and I can’t wait to see where else we go!

Graeson & Theo

Graeson and Theo are our littlest ministry partners.

Boys

Big brother Graeson loves music and all of his friends, and he brings a smile to everyone he meets. He is our little narrator who talks all the time and makes sure we know what is going on in our world. We are thankful that he is learning about the Lord, and one of his favorite songs is Jesus Loves Me. He also currently loves Mary Poppins and banjo music. 

Little brother Theo joined us in March 2018. He is a cuddle bug who love to rough house with his brother. He also loves to dance to Graeson’s music and share his own opinions on everything! So far, he has two teeth and calls everyone “Dadadadada.”

The Lawrences    

Oct 2018 JCPfamily pic    Greg and Megan met in the fall of 2009 as members of Bay Leaf Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. We started dating in the fall of 2010 and were married in July 2012. In February 2013, we added a wonderful brown mutt to our family and named him Brodeur after the long-time goalie for the New Jersey Devils. We also ended up with two egg-laying chickens named Stella and Camilla, but they weren’t able to make the journey northward with us.

Soon after we were married, we took a mission trip to Central Asia to see if the Lord might want us to serve as international missionaries. On that very trip, however, the Lord clearly confirmed what we had suspected since before we were married: He was calling us to serve Him in the northeastern part of the United States. Greg declared a major in North American church planting, and we began to pray about where in the northeast we should go.

After talking to church planters in New Hampshire, Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Baltimore, and Maine, we were connected to a church plant in Pittsburgh, PA. After two years of internship at Living Faith Community Church and six months of work as an interim pastor, we are following the Lord’s leading to join a Pittsburgh church plant called The Well Church. Greg will officially be on staff as the Associate Pastor in January 2019!

Thank you all for your prayers and support! We can’t wait to meet you in person and thank you ourselves. We would love to talk with you about what God is doing on our journey in Pittsburgh. We are excited that friends, family and several churches are willing to partner with us on our journey, and we can’t wait to see what the Lord does with us along the way. May the Lord bless you as you serve Him in your home, neighborhood, and city.

Email: gregsoutheastern@gmail.com

Phone: 412-506-3022

Twitter: greglawrence1

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