About Luke 2:52

Who, what, when, where, & how


Rod Lawrence, pastor and organizational leader, shares tools and materials for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ilene, Rod's wife of 33 years is his key partner in ministry. Rod and Ilene are the principle-agents in the Luke 2:52 Ministry.  Rod's Ministry Board consists of: John Veldman (Father's Will Ministries), Reg Hanegraaff (3XM Ministry USA), Stan Pettengill (Youth With A Mission), Art Good (English Lake Church).


Luke 2:52 is a non-profit Christian ministry established for the purpose of the promotion of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rod & Ilene are living out their calling as "ambassadors of Christ". Rod has worked in full time ministry and  community service for more than 30 years; Ilene as a trained social worker, gifted communicator, and wise counselor has served at his side. This has included Directing and raising funds for The Good Samaritan Center in Holland MI, helping develop the Church Alcohol Committee in Holland MI, serving as the lead pastor of English Lake Church in North Judson IN, serving as the founding and first President of Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) in Starke County IN, and serving as the Director of Development for Harbor Habitat for Humanity in Benton Harbor MI.

Rod has six years running a non-profit organization, four years supervising a department of county government, three years as a Youth for Christ staff, two years working in higher education, a year with Habitat for Humanity and 12 years leading a 250 member congregation which included organizing and establishing a community wide helping organization from the ground up. Rod & Ilene regularly host guests in their home for the purpose of encouraging, counseling, and cultivating the work of the Gospel. This is a relational ministry.  Rod & Ilene facilitate process groups, do seminars and workshops, offer consultation services, do weddings including pre-marriage preparation, and utilize the radio and radio spots to promote the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They pray healing and blessing over the sick and injured. Rod officiates baptisms, funerals, weddings and baby dedications. In a nutshell Rod & Ilene Lawrence are servants of Jesus Christ providing resources and services to strengthen, encourage and build up Christians in their faith and living out the love of Jesus.


Generally by appointment; however, we also are involved in regularly scheduled groups and meetings.


Across the street and around the world. We moved to Benton Harbor to be bring encouragement and blessing here, we also travel to share Christ's love as needed and requested. Growing in Christ takes place in your own back yard, in your home, personal life, family, work, church, small group - wherever you are.


Embracing the Luke 2:52 balanced life concept derived from following Jesus' example - Jesus grew:

  • IN WISDOM, He grew mentally and intellectually.
  • IN STATURE, He grew physically.
  • IN FAVOR WITH GOD, He grew spiritually.
  • IN FAVOR WITH MAN, He grew socially.

Salvation through Jesus Christ affects all areas of life: Physical, Mental, Social, Spiritual (Spirit, Soul and Body).