Chris 'Chief' Lawson
As the founders of SPIRIT we organize and control the direction of the group much like the CEO of a business. We have the final say in membership, investigations, and overall operations of the group. I am the founder of SPIRIT along with my co-founder Ed Adams. I have been interested in the paranormal since early childhood. My father told me of seeing the apparition of his mother (my grandmother) shortly after her death. My grandfather had a real interest in ghosts as well. Over the last twenty years, I have done a great deal of research in Parapsychology as well as Cryptozoology. I have taught parapsychology courses and continue to do so. Also, I have experience in Cryptozoology. Visiting many proclaimed haunted locations both domestic and abroad has taught me a great deal. You might say I came into the field when the paranormal TV shows had not popularized the study and the “paranormal was not cool”. I have been a member of a few other paranormal group’s years ago. After years of study and participating in other groups, I was able to identify one problem with those groups and it was internal politics and lack of knowledge of parapsychology, lack of professionalism, , and a non-cooperative attitude toward other groups. So in 2002 I decided it was time to form a professional group. One that would not have these issues and hence forth SPIRIT was born. I am a father of four children and a Grandfather to two. I am a Fire Chief and medic by trade. I also am an Retired Associate Professor at a local university. I have two honorary PHD’s and have been trained in theology. I am a past master of Prospect Lodge 714, member of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Chief of Masonic Emergency Services (MES), Member of Prather York Rite and Lavent Preceptory, Murat Shrine, Royal Order of Scotland, and I was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky.
As the founders of SPIRIT we organize and control the direction of the group much like the CEO of a business. We have the final say in membership, investigations, and overall operations of the group. I am the co-founder of SPIRIT along with our founder and my friend, Chris “Chief” Lawson. Like Chief, I have been interested in the paranormal since my early childhood. My mother told me of seeing the apparition of her father shortly after his death. However, most of those around me in my childhood were very skeptical of the idea of “ghosts” and “spirits.” That skepticism remains with me today and I define myself as the resident “believing skeptic” of the group. I say “believing” skeptic in that I have had a number of personal experiences which have no rational or scientific explanation which forces me to recognize that there are things which are considered paranormal. I am very reluctant to classify areas as haunted or inhabited by ghosts, but am very willing to explore possibilities. Unlike Chief, I did not begin formal investigating until I was intrigued by watching various “ghost hunters” on television and documentaries. Together, we formed SPIRIT to use scientific and provable methodologies in investigations and always seek first rational explanations for claims of paranormal activity. Outside of SPIRIT, I am a father of 3 children with one grandchild. I am a retired attorney turned Information Technology consultant. I am a freemason and a Past Master of Calvin W. Prather Lodge #717, a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Indiana Consistory of the Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite, Member of Prather York Rite and Murat Shriners.
Research Manager / Lead Investigator
The research Manager is the unsung hero of history for our team. When we receive, an investigation request we send the physical address to our research manager who will research the property as far back as they can. We use this information to assist us in an investigation. A lead investigator is one who has been an “investigator” and has been promoted to a lead position on the team. Andrew is third in charge of the group and will fill in for one of the founders when needed. They have sufficient amount of field time to be considered very competent in their ability to lead an investigative party during an investigation on their own. "I was born and raised in the Chicagoland area, but have lived in Indianapolis area for the last 18 years. I became interested in the Paranormal at a young age, when I was visited by a family member the night she died. Married with three kids. My “Day Job” I sell chemicals in the packaging industry, but, I have been part of SPIRIT since 2016, and have the responsibility as Case Worker and Lead Researcher. In my free time, I enjoy touring the famous well-known paranormal sites around the country. Most of my family vacations include at least one ghost tour. I can’t tell if my wife and kids humor me, or secretly enjoy these tours too. Finally, I am a natural skeptic, but I work hard looking for my personal “Blinding Light of the Obvious” in paranormal experiences."
IT, Social Media Manager & Asst. Tech Manager
The IT manager is responsible and accountable for the smooth running of our computer systems within the limits of requirements, specifications, costs and timelines. Nathen also supervises the implementation and maintenance of our company’s computing needs. As the Social Media Manager, Nathen is in charge of administering our social media accounts as well as responsible for creating original text and video content, managing posts and responding to followers.
It is the Tech. Managers responsibility to oversee the setup and maintenance of the Computers, Cameras, microphones, Recorders, Wires, Cables, Furniture, maintenance - Adjustment - and repair of the equipment as well as purchase and recommendation of the same. Jim has been a member of SPIRIT since 2008.
Chief of Staff
The job of Chief of Staff is multi-faceted. The COS has the following responsibilities: o Project manager - As such will work on active projects to assist if needed and track progress of that project. To report that progress at the next meeting. o Executive assistant to the Founders and head investigator - Responsible for meeting newsletters and taking notes during meetings. Also responsible for distributing finalized minutes to the membership. - Prior to stated meeting put together an agenda by checking with department heads and making an agenda to distribute. o Operations coordinator and supervisor - When an investigation, training or orientation is scheduled it is COS’s job to help organize and coordinate. - When a Paranormal U is to occur, it is the job of the of the COS to also help organize it. o Client interaction - Answering calls form the hotline and making a assessment - Participating in initial interview with client
My name is Rachel and I have been a part of SPIRIT since 2016.My Job is to coordinate the team's transportation from site to site. I also assist in investigations as well as anything else the group may need. My interest in the paranormal is to learn as much as possible to help curb my curiosities from personal experiences. I have been a school bus driver and do posses a CDL class B Licenses.
Senior Investigator & Investigator Trainer
Investigator Instructor Trainer is an investigator that has enough experience and training that they train other investigators. They are investigators that are very good mentors. All investigators are required to attend 14 hours of initial training in Parapsychology to be an investigator. Investigators complete continuing education as they progress through their membership in SPIRIT. They must participate in numerous investigations and must have completed several subject matter individual study subjects to become a full-fledged investigator. Investigators in training are members who are trained and will help during an investigation to research and investigate the site. They will record EVP's , EMF's Video, Still Photos and Personal experiences. I joined SPIRIT in 2012 because of my interest in knowing what happens after physical life ends. I have always felt there is more than what we can see. Outside of SPIRIT I am very involved in the Order of the Eastern Star and my community. I also enjoy spending time with my family & friends.
Investigator In Training
The investigator in Training is a probationary position as member of SPIRIT. Everyone in SPIRIT started as an Investigator in Training. This probationary period lasts for a period of time until the founders are satisfied the individual is a competent investigator. Once that status has been obtained they are promoted to full Investigator.
My Job is to keep the SPIRIT team informed of upcoming weather. Even though Kevin does not go out on investigations he is a integral part of the team at SPIRIT. He not only keeps watch over our area weather but also on Space Weater. Space weather and sun spots or flares seem to affect activity.
Chris plays an important Role in SPIRIT. His responsibility as the Historian is to inform the team of all his findings about the area we will be working in. Although Chris does not go out for Investigations, he is still an integral part of SPIRIT.