Chris Lawson

Chris Lawson

Cru Chaplaincy
Chris Lawson


My name is Chris Lawson and it is my pleasure to serve the Harvard Chaplaincy through the campus ministry of Cru. Along with my wife, Liz, and our three young children, my family and I have lived and worked in the Boston area for over eight years now, though getting here has been quite the journey. I am originally from a small town in eastern Oklahoma, but most of my life since high school has found me in places that have felt far from home.

After graduating with distinction with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, I was set to pursue my engineering career. However, it was my involvement with the campus ministry of Cru at OU that led me to intern with Cru for a year in Moscow, Russia. There I found myself trying my hand at campus ministry for what was supposed to be a one-year internship; that one year, however, soon turned into ten! In Moscow, I met my wife (who hails not from the country of Russia but the country of Texas), joined staff full time with Cru, and moved back to Russia until 2012. Living, working, and starting a family in Russia has shaped my life in significant ways, but as unexpected as it was to move to Russia, so it was to leave and move to another new and foreign region: New England.

For nearly 20 years now I have been working with college students in Russia and in Boston. After moving to Watertown, my wife and I began serving with and leading our team at Harvard, MIT, UMass Boston, and other campuses in the city. Our desire has always been to love and care for the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical lives of students. We long to create a place where they can ask significant questions about life and where they will find someone to walk through those questions with them. I recently earned my MA in Ethics and Society from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focusing heavily on aspects of social and

racial justice. Pursuing this degree was directly tied to my work with students because I want to aid them in navigating these topics well with compassion and conviction and to consider wisely how faith and culture intersect. I love coming alongside students in their journey, listening to their stories, and walking with them through their years on campus. My hope is to prepare them well to walk out these gates equipped to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as themselves.

I love talking about these important aspects of life, but I also love to have fun. I have many hobbies including cycling, fly fishing, golfing, guitar, reading, and I’m always up for a good movie or an adventurous board game. Being active, playing sports, and simply spending quality time with my family are highlights for me. If any of these things resonate with you, I’d love to connect. Thanks for reading, and please let me know if I can serve you in any way.