Reverend Steven W. Lawler

600 Lee Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119 USA | 314-753-7911 | |


Entrepreneurship. Organization Development. Congregational development.  Business, management and leadership education. Curricular development. New program initiatives.


Olin School of Business – Washington University in St Louis

MBA — Executive Program


Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT

STM — Critical Theory  


Seabury – Western Theological Seminary, Evanston IL 

M.Div. — Pastoral Studies  


Rockford College, Rockford, IL 

B.S. — Sociology 1981

Haitian Immigration, Sociology of Religion, Critical Theory 

Minors: Philosophy & Religion 

Honors Thesis: Patterns of Community – Haitian Immigration to Chicago 


Academic Experience

The Walker Leadership Institute at Eden Theological Seminary 

Founding Director                             

Launch activities for a new Institute. Program design and development. Workshop and course instruction. Fund development. 

2016 – Present

University College – Washington University in St Louis 

Faculty and Coordinator 2004 – 2016

Course development, faculty recruitment, program design as well as teaching courses in Leadership, Sustainability, Organization Development, Systems Thinking and Training Design

2016 – Present

Consulting Experience

Opinions Incorporated

Managing Director 2004 – 2016

Design organizational research, lead analysis, and planning based on the research results.

2004 – 2016

The Lawler Organization

Principal 1997 – Present

Organizational planning, leadership development, and cultural assessment.

1997 – Present

The Education Center

Executive Director

Developed curricular materials, organized conferences, and developed a digital platform for materials focused on adult, youth, and children’s formation using a religious and psychological framework.

2001 – 2004

XPLANE/ExpertEyes/Gorilla Park

Chief Possibilities Officer 

Work for a services firm that transitioned into Venture Capital and launching technology companies from the US into EMEA (Europe, Middle, East, and Africa). 

1998 – 2001

Partial Client List

Healthcare: Carlinville Area Hospital, BJC HealthCare, Ascension Health

Hospitality: The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, The Peninsula Hotel – Chicago, Oetker Hotel Management Group GmbH, 

Manufacturing: Ryobi, Ingersoll Rand, Club Cart 

Non-Profit: Center for Contemporary Arts (COCA), The Regional Arts Commission (RAC), The Denver Province of The Redemptorists, The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, the Danforth Foundation.  

Publishing: Liguori Publishers, The St Louis Post-Dispatch, Pulitzer Publishing 

Professional Organizations: IMCA – The Investment Management Consultants Association, Missouri Association of CPA’s, St Louis Chapter – IABC  

Sustainability: St Louis Earth Day, USGBC Gateway Chapter, MetWest Terra Ventures

The Episcopal Church

Ordained in 1984