Les grew up in southern Indiana where he first felt the call to ministry as at teenager. But, like so many, Les had a different plan in mind and pursued a career in business where he quickly rose up the corporate ladder and learned valuable lessons in leadership and management. After more than a decade of running from that calling, Les finally surrendered to God’s will, and at the age of 26, decided to make ministry his focus.
After completing his education from IWU, he served as senior pastor of two different churches in Ohio. In both cases, first in Mt. Orab and then in Newark, he was able to draw from his time in corporate leadership to lead them through amazing times of growth, renewal and refocus. In 2012, he was elected as the District Superintendent of the Greater Ohio District. During his tenure as D.S., Les has spent his time creating a new leadership culture in Ohio with an emphasis on excellence, leadership development and accountability. His passion for church health has been the driving force behind the vision and mission of the District.
Outside of the office, Les is a proud husband, father and grandpa! Les and his wife Chris have two children, Cheryl and Kyle, and 3 grandkids that are their pride and joy. When he’s not busy spending time with his family, Les likes to put his athleticism to use on the golf course where he can still feed his competitive spirit.