I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home with very strong values, that at times may of seem harsh from a child's perspective. At the age of 5 we moved to Loveland and we started attending the local Nazarene church. There I remember spending time at the altar praying and seeking God. Around the age of 10 or so we moved to the local Southern Baptist church where between then and the age of 12 I made the commitment to follow Christ as my Lord and Savior. This is where Holy Spirit began to mold me for what I did not know. Starting by being the training union president, the only think I remember is breaking the stand by leaning on it.
After attending a church camp I went to my pastor and made my confession something like this;
"Even though I live my life like a Christian I feel the burden to make my confession that Jesus Christ is my Lord and that I need Him to forgive me of all my sins and to be baptized in water."
Praise the Lord! I have never doubted the work Christ did in my life since that day. I knew I was a child of God redeemed and forgiven of all my sins. He has always been with me and has kept me and will keep me until I see Him face to face.
Around 1975 Sue and I were baptized in the Holy Spirit and we began to search out a new fellowship. We ended up at Montgomery Assembly where we began to grow in the things of the Spirit. At the age of 30 I felt the call of God to pastor, so I began to complete my studies at the Berean School of the Bible and upon completing by first level of credentialing I was given a opportunity to pastor a church in South Lebanon, Ohio and be ordained four years later. Later I was called to pastor Milford Assembly of God, Milford, Ohio, where I stayed 27 years.
During this time I have made it a habit to introduce myself to as many of the pastor in the community as possible and one of them was a police chaplain and my heart began to be burdened for the officers and even more so for their families. In 2001 I start volunteering as a Police Chaplain with the Miami Township Police Department Clermont County and started to gain as much learning as I could in how to reach into the community. I have earned a Master Chaplain level with the International Chapter of Police Chaplains.
Also out of the process of introducing myself to new pastors I started facilitating an inter-denominational pastor's prayer group. That has been going on for over 17 years and is still a powerful group of pastors who have a deep love and bond with each other.
In August 2014 I was given the opportunity to retire as pastor and felt the release of Holy Spirit's burden for that office. Spending the next year being restored and then I started to feel that He is leading me to serve the Body of Christ is a new and real way. I know the strain and trials of a pastor and the need for Sabbaths. Holy Spirit spoke to me one day coming home from the office and said: "Do you know what the highest form of worship is to me?" being a person of praise and worship I thought so. Then He said: "It is your Sabbath to Me." You could have knocked me over. So now I am here offering pastors to opportunity to take a Sabbath, vacation, sabbatical, or just some time with your family.
I was asked if I was a Revivalist or what? At this point, no, that is not my calling; God has called me to be an encouragement to pastors and churches, to be a help in the daily struggle in a world full of darkness. I love pastors who have heard the call of God and are giving all to fulfill that call, with great responsibility comes great blessings. Now God has called me to be of help.
Pastor Les Sanders