Raised in a military family, Lamar has been privileged to travel the world at a young age with his siblings and parents. After graduating high school in El Paso, Texas, Lamar enrolled and attended Concordia University Wisconsin where he would meet his wife and eventually graduate with a BA in criminal justice. After graduation, Lamar relocated to Atlanta where he and his wife Isabella married in 2001. Lamar would go on to graduate with a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University as well as a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. Over the years Lamar has served as a youth pastor, hospice chaplain, football coach, and pastor but his most important role is serving his wife of 16 years and their three beautiful children ages 11, 8, and 3. In 2014, after years of silently struggling with social anxiety and sensory processing issues, Dr. Hardwick was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Today, he continues to use the story of his life journey and his faith to speak words of hope, value, and human dignity to those who are hopeless, encouraging them to believe that God's love is the source for all possibilities in life.