For close to three decades Laurie has served in the field of youth ministry. She has been involved in various local, regional, and national youth ministry training programs and conferences. She has a longstanding interest in the spirituality of adolescents, and is an outspoken advocate for teen involvement in the Church. She has written and edited dozens of ministry and educational books and resources. Laurie lives in Spring Texas, with her husband Ross, and stepson Kase. She is a freelance writer, editor and publishing consultant.