Stan Lawrenson was saved at the age of 20 when standing duty in the U.S. Navy with a fellow shipmate named John Lucky. During lunch, John inquired about Stan’s eternity. Unsure of his relationship with Christ, Stan listened to John explain the gospel clearly and carefully that day aboard the USS Midway in port Yokosuka, Japan. Stan decided to trust Christ for his salvation that day, June 22nd, 1990.
During his travels to 19 countries in the military, God burdened Stan’s heart for the lost throughout the world. Stan promised God before leaving Japan that if He ever wanted to use him in a foreign country he would be willing to go.
From his duty in Japan, Stan was sent to a training school in Great Lakes, Illinois. On the first weekend there, while looking for a church to attend that Sunday, Stan met two workers from the First Baptist Church of Hammond Sailor Ministry. He attended every weekend for the six months he was stationed in Great Lakes. While there, Stan learned to be a soulwinner and his burden for the lost multiplied.
From Great Lakes he was sent to the USS Gunston Hall, stationed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He immediately attached himself to the 5-month-old East Coast Baptist Church.
Stan began serving as a Sunday School Teacher and in other various positions between deployments. After one deployment, he met Kimberly Dean. She was also active in the church as a pianist and had been transferred to her new command in Norfolk while serving in the U.S. Navy. They dated for a year and a half and were married April 30th, 1995.
Stan and Kim both finished their enlistments in the Navy. They stayed busy at East Coast Baptist Church, rearing a family and serving in several capacities together. The Nursing Home, Bus, Reformer’s Unanimous, and Mission ministries allowed them to serve as a family. Also, they were among the first graduates of Virginia Baptist College. Stan also taught college, preached in the Jail, sang in the choir, played in the orchestra, and served as a deacon while Kim was busy as the music coordinator.
In the spring of 2006, events moved Stan and his family back to the First Baptist Church of Hammond. His focus was on the events taking place with the Mission Teams. Stan and Kim both attended Hyles-Anderson College. They took courses with Brother Ananda Kumar of Andhra Pradesh, India in preparation for the India Team. Stan and Kim both graduated from Hyles-Anderson College in the fall of 2008.
In the fall of 2008 Stan and his family went on deputation to be able to join the India Team. Through a series of events, it was decided that the India Team would become the Indo-Philippine Team. Stan is excited to see what God has in store for him and his family as they seek God’s will together on the mission field