The Rev. Jay Lawlor Biography

The Rev. Jay Lawlor is a priest in the Episcopal Church. For over 16 years he has served congregations of various sizes across several dioceses. He currently serves as a Transitional Supply Priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, IN and as a Priest Associate at Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Indianapolis, IN.

Throughout his vocation in ordained ministry Fr. Lawlor has been active on numerous diocesan committees and church-wide organizations. Since 2011, he has drawn on his experience in ordained ministry, and curated extensive research, in writing on topics of Church mission and ministry as part of his Congregational Vitality project.

Fr. Lawlor is also passionate about one of Jesus’ central messages: economic justice for the poor. For over twenty years he has been active in issues of economic and social justice, particularly in areas of sustainable development. His ministry continues to connect the response of faith communities to issues of economic and social justice, and he has worked with prominent church leaders, such as Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, and world-renown economist Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs (Columbia University).

The Rev. Jay Lawlor is the author of two books: Faithful Action: How Each Christian Can End Poverty (2008) and The Church and International Development: Seeking Justice and Peace to the World’s Poor (1999), and a number of articles and papers. His sermon “Reconcilers in a Violent World” was published in the book Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog (Beth Maynard & Raewynne Whiteley, editors). In 2002 he assisted in editing Waging Reconciliation: God’s Mission in a Time of Globalization and Crises (Ian T. Douglas, editor).

Fr. Lawlor was ordained a Priest on May 31, 2003 in the Diocese of Massachusetts. He received his M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School in 2002, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut in 1995, and his B.A. in Managerial Economics from Stonehill College in 1993.

Prior to his ordination, the Rev. Jay Lawlor worked as a research economist at the Center for International Development at Harvard University and as an economist at an economic consulting firm. He has been a member of the Fellowship of Saint John, Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) since 1997.

Fr. Lawlor is married to his wife Angela and they are parents to teenage son Nathaniel. The family has a Beagle-mix dog named Rocket.