Les was born in Liverpool, England. He is married to Gretchen, they have two sons and three grandkids. In paid Youth Ministry for 54 years (24 years at one church in So Cal). Les was the Chair of the youth ministry department at William Jessup University for 22 years. He has spoken in every state but Alaska and in 21 foreign countries. He has authored 18 books on youth ministry and written over 70 magazine articles. Les Loves God and loves kids. He is an enthusiastic, dynamic speaker with a deep love for students.