Encourager, prayer warrior, and leader of leaders – this is the role Rev. Les Crossfield sees for himself as he assumes his responsibilities as the new district superintendent for the Greater Ohio District. Elected July 30 by the district conference, he anticipates great things for the future of the district.
He is the husband of Christine, the father of Cheryl and Kyle, and the grandfather of Alex. He has spent 18 years in pastoral ministry, after working several years in the business world. Most recently, he served for nine years as pastor of Community Wesleyan Church in Newark, Ohio. Prior to that, he was pastor at United Wesleyan Church in Mount Orab, Ohio. He has served on the district board of administration, the district board of ministerial development, and has led the Ministry Action Plan.
Before entering pastoral ministry, he had his sights set on playing professional baseball. While in school, in fact, sports were his world. He admits it took a work of God to separate him from his sports ambition.
“I was Les’ pastor when he was a teen,” said Rev. Ron McClung, assistant General Secretary for The Wesleyan Church, “and I can attest to his love of sports. But I was thrilled when I heard – after I had moved on from Evansville, Indiana, where Les grew up – that he had accepted God’s call to ministry. Across the years, I have followed his career, and have often been greatly pleased to hear others tell about his effectiveness as a pastor and churchman.”
Rev. Crossfield said, “We are honored and very humbled to be the next district superintendent of Ohio. We are looking forward to this new journey.”
(Pictured Rev. Les and Chris Crossfield)