Lawrence Messerman is a Sacred Fire Community Firekeeper and a supporter and organizer of several core Lifeways programs, including the initiation and mentoring of young adults and Ukilái: A Gathering of Men. He is a mara’akame (traditional healer and ritual leader) in the Huichol tradition of western Mexico. Lawrence lives with his wife Jessica in Carrollton, Georgia, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Sacred Fire Community.