Steve Lawrence

Steve comes to Halftime having experienced significant success over more than twenty-five years as an elite sportsman and leader in executive roles across a variety of sectors.

He played professional football for Hawthorn in the AFL (Australian Football League) for twelve years, including the 1991 Premiership where he was ‘player of the finals series’. During this time, he founded the Australian operations of a global France-based NGO, the Emmanuel Community, existing in over fifty countries. From 2000 to 2003, he was invited to head up their international leadership training program in Rome, Italy, and has continued in an ongoing manner to create and contribute to derivative training operations in Australia, Asia, North America and Europe.

After returning from Italy Steve, and his growing family, moved to Sydney. While based at Sydney University he oversaw the development and expansion of university ministry across five universities. As a leader in tertiary and secondary school contexts, he has been responsible for unifying, motivating and directing small teams. Steve had a major role in organising the World Youth Day 2008, which hosted five hundred thousand young people in Sydney, and he has taken numerous groups on extraordinary immersion experiences around the globe.

Steve is a highly-gifted speaker who draws from compelling personal anecdotes of his life as an AFL player, husband, father of six children, educator and world adventurer. His thirty years of research into men’s sexuality have equipped him to speak with authority to the heart of men. Throughout the last fifteen years he has run programs for married couples with his wife Annie.

Steve has a genuine love for people. He has an ability to connect with them and a passion to help them grow and change.
His own halftime journey has had him grappling with how best to leverage his talents for the next stage of realising his purpose and how he could make a bigger impact on the world around him. By going through the twelve-month Halftime program he sensed he wanted to transition his career to coaching and mentoring individuals, couples and leaders to discover their purpose and leave a legacy.

He holds degrees in Humanities, Education and Theology, and is in the final stages of completing a Masters of Marriage and Family. Steve lives in Melbourne with his wife Annie, and their children.