Brandon Leitnaker

PASTOR, DIRECTOR OF CONNECTIONS AND DIRECTOR OF MEN’S MINISTRY

BRANDON

As a child I had an ignorant faith. My family and I were in and out of church during my younger years, and though I never had any negative feelings toward church and God, it definitely wasn’t something I saw as most important or appealing. I only truly remember one instance where I attempted to speak with God and He was so unfamiliar to me that I actually imagined Him being a Native American Chief (I guess this was the adventurous boy coming out in me). My early teen years were very similar and I have no recollection of ever being interested in faith. That was until I stumbled into LCC as a high schooler. When I accepted Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I began to drastically experience some changes in my desires for life. I did, however, struggle as a teenager to fully embrace God’s call and direction, and you could easily describe my high school years as unstable. These were some of the most challenging years of my life because on one hand I was experiencing the life changing power of God, but on the other I still wanted to embrace a life of sin.

After graduating from high school, I went off to college at Ashland University. I was very fortunate in this environment to be surrounded by many wonderful friends in Christ including some men of God who took me under their wing, discipled me, and encouraged me in my faith. Although these years were still marked by foolishness and inconsistency, these men were able to ignite in me a deeper affection for God, His Word and ministry. Back in high school I did feel a tug from God to pursue ministry but never did and ended up graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. God graciously led me down many paths after graduation where I served as a student aide to a wonderful young man with autism as well as an Activities Coordinator at several long-term care facilities.

I am thankful for these powerful seasons of life because they dramatically transformed my love for others. However, there was still something in me that felt out of place. I had a passion for ministry and church that I just could not shake, and one unbelievable day in December of 2013, I was offered the position as Director of Connections at LCC. To this day, I am still absolutely floored by this gift of God but am confident this is what I was designed to do. I love the amazing people of LCC and love being a part of such a healthy church. My greatest joy though, apart from God and His church, is being married to my best friend, Megan, and raising our two beautiful children, Hattie and Solomon.

My journey with God has been a bumpy one, filled with much sorrow and regret, but through God’s transforming grace, I am a new creation. “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Praise be to the God who saved me!

 

My Hope For Lancaster Community Church 

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. –Hosea 10:12

My hope for LCC is that we would be a generation of people whose greatest desire is to seek after God, recognizing that our greatest potential comes from being in relationship with a perfectly loving and awesomely powerful God.