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Lee Crist

Retired support staff
"God is good and faithful."
By Jace Martin, Staff Writer, September 2022
Leland Crist began writing a new chapter of his life story when he retired from WGM on August 30, 2022.

Growing up in Marion, Indiana, Lee attended a Pilgrim Holiness Church and was called into ministry when he was fourteen years old during a combined missions conference and revival. After high school he studied at Marion College (Indiana Wesleyan University), graduating in 1976. 

Before joining WGM, Lee accumulated many years of experience as a pastor and as a businessman. He pastored for fifteen years and is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. Over the years he has also used his gifts and skills in finance to successfully serve various Christian ministries, and owned and operated an employee benefits company.
His service with WGM began by volunteering with Men With Vision and eventually led to his employment. His first position was managing Oaks Village in Avon Park, Florida, which was a place for retiring missionaries to live. Once Oaks Village was sold, Lee pastored a church in Florida until he was rehired by WGM to be the Director of Estate and Planned Giving in the Advancement department. 

One of Lee’s greatest joys is building relationships with others—not for his benefit but for the benefit of the kingdom of God. Lee has also used this strength to build a stronger foundation in the Advancement department over the last five years.?

Lee has always enjoyed family time, but in retirement he plans to make that a top priority as he focuses on his beautiful wife, Paula, his two daughters and sons-in-law, three granddaughters, two grandsons, three great-granddaughters, and three great-grandsons. He’s sure he will have a “great” time! 

Another dream of his is to spend time writing. He currently has three writing projects that he’s working to complete: a devotional on Ezekiel, a camp meeting president’s “how-to” book, and a study of the enlightenment’s effect on John Wesley’s Doctrine of Christian Perfection. 

When asked what he has learned over the years as a Christ-follower, Lee said, “God is good and faithful even when I’m not.” 

Lee’s life verse will continue to serve him well even in his retirement years: “Teach me your way, O Lord; that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear your name” (Psalm 86:11 ESV).
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