My name is Greg Lauer…well, most accurately, it is Gregory Matthew Lauer, but I prefer to be a bit more casual most of the time.
I was born in Portsmouth, VA in September 1968 and truth be told, I don’t remember much about that event. It was a pretty long time ago and I was very young at the time.
As a child, several things happened that shaped who I am today. Among these is learning to read. Although I have some issues with reading and I am still a fairly slow reader, I have been a voracious reader. I credit my mom, who worked in our public library system and always valued reading, with this one. She instilled in me a love of reading that is just as strong, if not stronger, today.
Another of the things that shaped who I am today is learning to play guitar. When I was 12, my sister and I spent several weeks with my aunt and uncle in the country. My uncle was playing a beat up Harmony acoustic guitar and asked if I would like to learn how to play a little. I don’t think he realized he would never see that guitar again. I probably have never thanked him enough.
Along the way, there were sports and Cub Scouts and many of the normal things kids do. And in my case, several “hair metal” bands also came and went. I went to community college for electronics (served me very well over the years) and joined a band where all the other guys were REAL musicians and old enough to be my father. We made a bunch of money together (and spent it) and most importantly, I picked up several great musical values from these guys…loyalty, musical generosity, attention to musical details, having high standards for public performance.
Along the way I was introduced to Jesus the Messiah, but in a way that I can only characterize as spiritually abusive. From that time to this, I have been a Southern Baptist, a Catholic, an almost-atheist, a Methodist, non-denominational, and now part of an Assemblies of God church. I like to think I am a pretty ecumenical guy. Maybe it’s more a case that my personal road to Emmaus is simply much, much longer than other peoples’.
There’s much more of a story to tell, complete with plenty of lessons learned the hard way. But that stuff is all for other parts of the site – a more complete autobiography, if you will. Or maybe I’ll write that spectacular book that is in my head…if I ever allow it to leave that safe place.
I don’t make any promises to get back with you (I tend to get an enormous amount of spam, thanks to my work in the community), but you can always feel free to use the contact form below to share your thoughts or ask me any questions you might have.