Dr. Remi would love to have a personal conversation with everyone who appreciates LPC. In lieu of that impossibility, we thought instead you would enjoy a glimpse into the life, the experience, and the calling of this very special man of God. Interview by: Rod Light
Remi Lawanson, Ph.D. is a thoughtful intellectual who is passionate for Jesus Christ.
He speaks with a sophisticated accent that commands the attention of listeners and reflects his years of ministry leadership in Nigeria. Dr. Remi has ministered in 12 African nations, two nations in Europe, two nations in the Middle East, and in church plants in the United States.
In addition, Remi is adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary, adjunct professor at South African Theological Seminary and also teaches at colleges throughout Southern California. He serves the LPC community as the interim director of adult and graduate studies and as an adjunct professor in multi-cultural evangelism.
We wanted to get to know Remi better and think you will enjoy learning who he is and about his commitment to Christian higher education.
LPC: Tell us about your personal values and how those translate into your work with college students.
REMI: My personal values are shaped by my life purpose—a commitment to glorify God in all I am, become, and do. Seeking the glory of God in my work with students helps me cultivate the teaching styles, which recognize the grace and gifts of God in my students. Furthermore, I am motivated to join other LPC faculty and staff in developing our students in a way that their lives and career development will glorify God.
LPC: Give us an overview of your teaching and leadership experience.
REMI: God has opened doors for me to teach at Fuller Theological Seminary, South African Theological Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, and Life Pacific College. In addition to my teaching experience in the U.S. and in Africa, I served as executive director, stewardship, and accountability at the Commission of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), a regional member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA).
LPC: Outline for us some of the responsibilities in your role as the interim director of adult and graduate studies.
REMI: In this role, I provide academic administrative oversight of the current and planned adult and graduate degree programs. I oversee the development and revision of curriculum for the adult and graduate programs and maintain course and program quality for the college. Also, I oversee the creation of courses in an online learning platform.
In addition, I develop and revise the college catalog and website information, student handbooks, and policy and procedure manuals for each program. I work with the College Relations team to develop and implement marketing strategies for each program. Along with administrative duties, I enjoy teaching assigned courses both in the undergraduate and graduate levels. Then, I work with the vice president of academic affairs to recruit, train, evaluate, and schedule faculty to teach in each program.
LPC: Help us understand how your role fulfills the overall mission of LPC.
REMI: Adult and graduate education contributes to the fulfillment of the overall mission of LPC by equipping our adult and graduate studies students with leadership concepts, which they immediately apply in their places of ministry and work. This fits into the LPC mission statement of transformational development of students into leaders who serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world.
LPC: In addition to higher education, you have also had extensive leadership experience within The Foursquare Church. Tell us about those assignments.
REMI: For five years, I served as Director of Foreign Missions for The Foursquare Gospel Church Nigeria overseeing pioneering mission work in 17 nations. In the U.S., I have served as a missions representative in two districts of Foursquare churches, and as an associate pastor of missions at Valley Community Church in El Monte, Calif. In 2013, I was chosen to serve as a member of the Board of Directors at the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel in Los Angeles.
LPC: Finally, tell us about your family.
REMI: I am married to a godly, lovely, loving, and beautiful lady, Ruth. God has blessed us with four amazing children who, by the grace of God, are all walking with the Lord.
Interviewed by Rod Light, M.A., an ordained Foursquare minister, LPC adjunct professor, and Communications Coordinator for Foursquare Missions International.