As Director of Adult Ministries, he teaches classes on marriage, parenting, financial management, and self esteem and oversees classes dealing with divorce, grief, sexual abuse and drugs and alcohol. Cornerstone’s prison ministry is also part of the Adult Ministries Department. The focus of each class is Romans 12:2 - "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of you mind...". It’s about how to apply God’s truth in your life to bring about change, growth and healing.
Gerry also teaches the Married Couples Sunday School which meets in the Life Center. This is an interactive class with a focus on relationships and how we are to live for Christ. The class does activities together including a Fall retreat to Post Aransas, tubing on the Guadalupe River and dinner club which offers couples the opportunity to meet together in one another’s homes for dinner, fellowship and relationship building.
He and his wife, Carol, have three sons. The two oldest sons were diagnosed with a debilitating disease at ages 6 and 10. His middle son, Brian, died as a result of the disease in 2000. His oldest son Jeffrey, died from the disease in January 2012. His youngest son, Christopher, works for the U.S. State Department providing diplomatic security in Iraq. This is a family that has lived a life of trusting the Lord through the many challenges of loss and disability.
Gerry and Carol came to know the Lord in 1977 at a small Baptist church serving the military community living in Naples Italy. From 1980 to 1984, they were leaders in the Church of God's Ministry to the Military in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1984, the Lawrences moved to San Antonio after having lived in Europe the previous 8 years. They joined Cornerstone and became Home Ministry leaders. In 1987, Gerry became one of the elders of Cornerstone. He taught in the Global Evangelism Training Institute (GEBI), and later in the Cornerstone Master Training Institute (CMTI) and various leadership training programs.
Gerry holds a Masters Degree in counseling from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has taught and spoken at conferences in church and educational settings for many years. He retired from the United States Army in 1990 as a Lieutenant Colonel. After five years working in the private sector as Director of Marketing for Santa Rosa Healthcare’s Acute Care Hospitals and as Chief Operating Officer on Genesis Treatment Center, he entered into full time ministry at Cornerstone Church in 1995.
1 Peter 4:10 "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." and Matt 6:19-21 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Were the two verses which guided Gerry into full time ministry.