Steve Lawler


T he Rev. Steve Lawler is the founding Director of the Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He works to extend the Institute’s mission of leadership for the common good through the Institute’s programming, presentations and workshops. 

Ordained in the Episcopal church, Rev. Lawler served from 2001 to 2019 as the priest of St. Stephens & The Vine, a parish and community collaboration hub in Ferguson, Missouri. He also was the Episcopal chaplain to Washington University in St. Louis, and has served churches in Illinois, Connecticut, Oklahoma and Missouri. He was the Director of Religious Education at Holland Hall School in Tulsa Oklahoma.  

From 1990 to 2016 Rev. Lawler was a member of the faculty and program coordinator for University College of Washington University in St Louis, teaching courses on leadership and organization development.

He has 20 + years of experience serving as an executive coach to leaders of for-profit, nonprofit, community, and religious organizations.

As an organizational development consultant, he has served as Managing Director of Opinions Inc., a global opinion research organization; Managing Director for North America for Expert Eyes N.V., a Belgian based venture firm; and Chief Possibilities officer for XPLANE, a global design firm. Past clients include The Redemptorists of the Denver Province, Ryobi, Ingersoll Rand, KDHX Community Media, the Center for Contemporary Arts, The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Liguori Press, and the Oetker Hotels GmBH.  

Rev. Lawler’s organizational service includes membership on the boards of EarthDance, the USGBC Gateway Chapter, Justine-Petersen, KnowledgePlatform, Geode, Buzzbold, and the Center for Social Empowerment.