A Chicago native, Laurie was born again as a child at her home while her mother was hosting a Backyard Bible School. She attended Baptist Bible College, Springfield, MO for one year, and married her high school sweetheart, Bruce. Together they have been in ministry since, 1974, and serving at Sauk Trail Baptist Temple in Richton Park, IL since 1976. Bruce & Laurie have five daughters and eleven grandchildren.