waybright greg 200x273After twelve years of leadership as President of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois Gregory L. Waybright accepted the call to serve as Senior Pastor here at Lake Avenue Church. Gregory L. Waybright and his wife Chris Waybright began their transition from Trinity to Lake Avenue Church with their arrival in the Pasadena area in September, 2007.

Gregory L. Waybright was president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He assumed this position on September 1, 1995. Prior to working at Trinity, Dr. Waybright had been pastor of the Arlington Heights Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. In his 20 years as a pastor he has also served as senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Arroyo Grande, California and as assistant pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Racine, Wisconsin.

Prior to 1978, Dr. Waybright served in ministry roles with youth and music in churches in Wisconsin and Illinois. For more than four years he served as music director and soloist for the Guenter Tesch Evangelistic Association, headquartered in Hamburg, West Germany. This mission work provided Dr. Waybright with ministry opportunities throughout Western Europe, Scandinavia, and India.

Dr. Waybright earned the doctor of philosophy in New Testament theology from Marquette University; his dissertation was entitled, "Discipleship and Possessions in the Gospel of Mark: A Narrative Study." He holds a master of divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a master of arts in communication from Wheaton Graduate School, a bachelor of arts in biblical studies and philosophy from Wheaton College, and a diploma in pastoral studies from Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Waybright has studied and done research at Tyndale House and Cambridge University in England.

Dr. Waybright is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has been involved with the Evangelical Free Church Mission (EFCM), serving as chair on the board and as a representative of EFCM to the Evangelical Free Church of America Board of Directors. Dr. Waybright contributed to Dignity and Dying: A Christian Appraisal (Eerdmans). He currently serves as a trustee on the Wheaton College Board of Trustees, is a frequent conference speaker, and gives focus to International Leadership Development.

In his 10 years of ministry at Lake Avenue Church the 85-year-old Maple Street Children’s building was renovated and brought up to Pasadena City code as a commitment to the next generation. In collaboration with the Worship & Arts department, new songs of worship were produced and incorporated into the church’s shared family worship services. In partnership with our Ministry Council and the Congregation, a Statement of Faith was developed and taught church wide across generations as a foundation of faith. Through Dr. Waybright’s leadership, the 1989 sound system in the church’s main sanctuary has been replaced so that the gospel can continue to be heard by all. His passion for reconciliation continues to guide the church in expanding it’s ministries both globally and locally.

He and his wife, Chris, have two children, three grandchildren, and reside in Pasadena, California.

Greg Waybright

Greg Waybright

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