Dr. LeRoy Lawson
Dr. LeRoy Lawson served as president of Hope International University from 1990 to 2003. Under his leadership the school transitioned to university status in 1990 and opened the Lawson-Fulton Student Center in January of 2003.
In 2004 Dr. Lawson began serving as a consultant with Christian Missionary Fellowship International, an organization associated with Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. In this capacity he advises churches regarding their outreach programs, represents CMFI in national and international Christian leadership meetings, and regularly visits mission fields to conduct seminars and encourage missionaries.
In 2012 Dr. Lawson accepted the position of Professor of Christian Ministries with Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City, Tennessee where he had served as trustee, adjunct professor, and visiting lecturer.
Earlier ministries include the: youth director with the St. Johns Christian Church in Portland, Oregon; founding pastor of the Tigard Christian Church; teacher at Tigard Union High School; Assistant Professor of English, Department Chairman, Director of Humanities Program, Administrative Assistant to the President, and Vice President of Milligan College; Senior Pastor of East 38th Street Christian Church, Indianapolis, and Senior Minister of Central Christian Church, Mesa, AZ from 1979 to 1999 during which time the congregation grew from an average attendance of 490 to 4,500.
Dr. Lawson holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Northwest Christian University; Bachelor of Arts in English from Cascade College; Master of Arts in Teaching, Reed College; and Doctor of Philosophy in English from Vanderbilt University.
Roy and Joy Lawson have been married since 1960 and are the parents of Kimberly Thompson of Mesa, Arizona; Candace Ohanessian of Melbourne, Australia; and Lane Lawson, deceased.