Dr. Leighton Ford, President of LFM
Dr. Leighton Ford is President of Leighton Ford Ministries which focuses on raising up younger leaders to spread the message of Christ worldwide. He has spoken face to face to millions of people in 37 countries on every continent of the world and served from 1955 until 1985 as Associate Evangelist and later Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Leighton was recipient of the 1990 Two Hungers Award, which recognized his contributions to addressing the physical and spiritual hungers of people around the world. In 1985 he was selected as Clergyman of the Year by Religious Heritage of America and as Presbyterian Preacher of the Year by the National Presbyterian Center. TIME Magazine singled him out as being “among the most influential preachers of an active gospel.”
Leighton is also Honorary Life Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, having served from 1976 to 1992 as chairman of this international body of Christian leaders. He has served as a board member for World Vision U. S., the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dr. Ford is also author and co-author of numerous books. Places of the Heart is Leighton’s latest four-color book and features the author’s imaginative watercolor paintings, poetry, and reflections on a life formed, redeemed, empowered, and directed by God and for God’s glory. Leighton lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jean. Their children are a married daughter, Debbie, Kevin who partners with him in LFM, and their older son, Sandy, who died after heart surgery in November 1981.
Kevin Graham Ford, Chief Catalyst
Kevin, a popular keynote speaker and author, is Chief Catalyst for Leighton Ford Ministries.
He was also the co-founder of TAG Consulting, which he sold in 2019. INC Magazine listed TAG among America’s fastest growing companies, ranked in the top 100 in their industry for several years. Kevin’s expertise includes visioning, strategy, organizational change, talent engagement, and leadership development. Kevin received the 2002 National Leadership Award (awarded by a U.S. congressional committee) and he served as the Honorary Chairman of the Business Advisory Council for Virginia that same year. While Kevin has enjoyed a successful business career, his passion has always been for ministry. He has consulted with hundreds of pastors and churches throughout North America. He was also the chief architect of the Transforming Church Insight, a survey of churches that includes over 11 million records in its database.
Kevin has published five books. Transforming Church (Tyndale, 2007 and David C Cook – paperback, 2008 ) remains a popular book among Christian leaders and seminaries. His most recent book, The Secret Sauce: Creating a Winning Culture (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015) was Amazon’s #1 new release in human resources. Prior to that, The Leadership Triangle (Morgan James Publishing), was an Amazon best-seller (#2 Business/Teams) in 2014.
Kevin has facilitated the development of over 500 strategic plans throughout North America. He was the senior consultant for the Redesign of the U.S. Army Staff — the largest employer in the nation. His clients included large federal agencies, Fortune 500s, small businesses, non-profits and churches.
Kevin has been quoted extensively in the press and has appeared on dozens of business-related television and radio programs. Interviews and quotes have included the Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur, Management Review, Employment Review, Business Week, Financial Services Marketing, Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive, and HR Today.
Kevin earned a BA from the University of North Carolina and his Master of Divinity from Regent College at the University of British Columbia. He has spoken publicly to thousands of people around the world and is in constant demand as a facilitator and speaker for various corporations and organizations. He has spoken at conferences along with Jim Collins, Margaret Wheatley, Herb Keller, Peter Senge. He has served on the Board of Directors for Washington University of Virginia and the Leighton Sandys Ford Scholarship Fund.
Kevin and Caroline live in Charlotte with their teenage daughters, Anabel and Leighton.
Dr. Jim Singleton, Executive Director of Missional Leadership
Dr. Jim Singleton is Executive Director of Missional Leadership for Leighton Ford Ministries, leveraging years of experience as a senior pastor, seminary professor, mentor, and mentee to help raise up the next generation of missional leadership.
In addition to his part-time role with Leighton Ford Ministries, Jim serves full-time as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he directs Thriving in Ministry, a Lilly Endowment-funded program to help pastors in New England “thrive” in the very difficult practice of ministry in this season. He has a passion for equipping pastors and congregations to revitalize their approach to ministry.
The son of a Presbyterian pastor, Jim brings 30 years of church leadership experience, including serving as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington, and most recently, First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,000 members. He has served at Gordon-Conwell since 2012.
Jim first met Leighton Ford in 1989 while working on his doctorate in Boston. As a senior pastor, he was later a client of Kevin Ford’s “Transforming Church Process.” He considers Leighton to be “the chiropractor of my soul.”
Dr. Singleton is an avid fan of baseball history, church history, hiking, and cross-country skiing. He is married to Sara, who is pastor of Old South Presbyterian in Newburyport, MA. They have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel, and three grandchildren.
Rich Hurst, Executive Director of Mentoring Ministries
Rich Hurst is Executive Director of Mentoring Ministries for Leighton Ford Ministries, bringing years of experience as a pastor, a church leadership consultant, and an editor of church ministry resources for a major Christian publisher. He joined LFM in 2019 to help develop a Master’s in Ministry Leadership program in partnership with Belhaven University.
Rich served for fifteen years as Pastor of Leadership and Staff Development for McLean Bible Church outside Washington, D.C., which grew from several hundred to twenty thousand on weekends while being listed as one of the fastest growing churches in America. In 2015, a longtime friend asked Rich to take on the unique role of “company pastor” for Tempered Networks in Seattle.
His first book, Giving the Ministry Away: Empowering Single Adults for Effective Leadership (David C. Cook, 1994), won Leadership Book of the Year in its field. Rich worked with David C. Cook Publishing as an editor and director of Strategic Adult Ministry, which hosted two of the most extensive training conferences for single adult and young adult ministry in America.
Rich is married to Kim, who is also an author and consultant, and they have two daughters.
Mark Slaughter, Director of Thriving in Ministry Initiative
Mark Slaughter is Director of the Thriving in Ministry Initiative for Leighton Ford Ministries, a Lilly Endowment-funded program to launch mentoring communities for pastors of small churches, congregations of color, and church plants.
In addition to his part-time role with LFM, Mark serves full-time as an Evangelist and Director of Evangelistic Partnerships for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Through these partnerships, Mark is a catalyst for several major initiatives focused on mentoring a new generation of evangelistic leaders through LFM, Lausanne Movement, Arrow Leadership, and the Luis Palau Association. As an evangelist, Mark has spent 30 years speaking at churches, conferences, and outreach events on college campuses for InterVarsity. He began his ministry career as an Evangelical Free Church pastor.
Mark received one of the first Sandy Ford scholarships while studying at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div., Evangelism) and later graduated from the Arrow Leadership Program, both of which were spearheaded by Leighton Ford. He now serves on the Leighton Ford Ministries Board of Directors.
Mark and his wife, Dawn, live near Indianapolis with their dog. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Anne F. Grizzle, Chair of Mentoring Ministries
Anne is an author, spiritual director, family therapist and retreat leader who lives in Washington, DC and Lexington, Virginia, where she hosts retreats at the Bellfry. Anne is associate faculty for Shalem Institute for Spirituality, offering workshops on group spiritual direction. She is founder and facilitator for Strength for the Journey retreats for those facing hard life challenges. Anne serves on the boards of Sojourners and of Leighton Ford Ministries where she chairs the mentoring ministries. She and her husband are co-chairs of World Vision’s Every Last One campaign to end extreme poverty.
Anne received her B.S. (graduating Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard College with a concentration in Psychology and Social Relations. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received a Radcliffe research grant award. She received her M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work (with a focus on Health/Mental Health) and her Post Masters Certificate from Hunter College of New York (Advanced Clinical Social Work, Family Therapy). Anne is a member of the American Family Therapy Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and National Association of Social Workers.
Anne has authored three books, contributed to two books, and been a featured speaker on national television including: “Oprah”, “Straight Talk”, “Donahue”, “Sonya Live from L.A.”, “Hour Magazine”, and “Connie Martinson Talks Books”. She has been interviewed on morning and afternoon talk shows or news spots across the country.
Anne is married to David Grizzle and they have three sons: Benjamin, Joshua, and Andrew as well as two daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren. She enjoys exploring God’s beauty in nature and writing poetry.
Neal Jones, Minister of Pastoral Care, Mentoring Communities
Neal has served the church as a faithful pastor, leader, and mentor for all of his adult life. Neal is the consummate pastor of people and serves Leighton Ford Ministries as a Pastoral Care Minister, Emeritus. His focus is on praying for LFM’s community, and encouraging them through pastoral care.
Neal was born in Kentucky in 1926. He and Betty married in 1949, and they have been soulmates ever since! His early career involved pastoring churches throughout Texas. His longest tenure, however, was as Senior Pastor Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, VA. He led that church through an amazing journey from 1969-1995, when he retired.
Neal served on the Executive Board for Prison Fellowship longer than any other board member, beginning in 1976 after he baptized Charles Colson until 2006, when he was named Director Emeritus. He was on the Board of Regents at Baylor University from 1993 until 2007. And he was the President of the Virginia Baptist General Board in 1987 and 1988. In 2014, the Neal T. Jones Seminary, a graduate school at the Washington University of Virginia, was named for him.
Neal has a passion to see various ethnic groups partner together and was instrumental in establishing strong connections with the Korean community in the DC area.
A graduate of Texas Christian University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Neal also has three honorary doctorates. Neal and Betty currently live in Charlotte NC where he has been active in ministering to the Cypress Club residents since 2012.
Jamie Bowers, Director of Engagement
Jamie Bowers is a strategic communications leader with 25 years’ experience in Christian radio, major market television news, and staff leadership roles for the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as Communications Director for a Member of the House Financial Services Committee and two stints as a Congressional Chief of Staff. As a ghostwriter, Jamie’s work has appeared in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fox News Opinion.
More recently, God has opened the door for Jamie to use his experience as a public relations and crisis communications consultant for nearly two dozen national ministries and churches, including National Association of Evangelicals, The Gideons, Slavic Gospel Association, and SAT-7. In his role with Leighton Ford Ministries, Jamie continues to serve as a communications resource to churches, in addition to managing communications, operations, and special projects for the ministry.
Jamie is a graduate of Columbia International University, where he met his wife, Lolly. They have five children and are active in volunteer church ministry in Charlotte.
Stacy Evans Morris, Assistant to Dr. Leighton Ford and Accounting Manager
Stacy has been with Leighton Ford Ministries since September, 1998. She provides bookkeeping and administrative support for the ministry, assists in coordinating the Mentoring Community groups and is also Secretary on the “LFM” board.
Stacy is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte, a licensed and active Realtor in North and South Carolina, an active member of Moments of Hope Church, and is a long-time volunteer at Sharon Towers Retirement Center. Stacy and her husband enjoy traveling and various outdoor activities in their spare time.
Sunny Lambeth Allen, Communications Coordinator
Sunny is a lifelong member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a Charlotte, NC native. She earned a B.S. in Administrative Management with a minor in Marketing at Clemson University and has professional experience in the restaurant, garden, travel, health and wellness industries. She has been involved with Women of Vision, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The Harvest Center, Florence Crittendon, and other not for profit organizations. She and her husband David are proud parents of son, Chipper, a University of Georgia graduate working in New York and daughter, Lambeth, a University of the South at Sewanee graduate working in D.C.. Sunny loves the beach, gardening, cycling, walking, yoga, pilates, water sports, and being outside in God’s majestic nature.