Rev. Robert A. Lawson Jr. graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN with a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance before attending Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary in Mankato. After completing his seminary education, he vicared under Pastor Steven Brockdorf at Reformation Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, Oregon. Pastor Lawson was then ordained into the Office of the Ministry in September 2002 and installed as Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Escondido, where he has served ever since.
Pastor Lawson is married to Kristen (nee Beckman). They have three children, Kayelynn, Sam, and Emma.