In February of 2015, after 15 years of ministry at relate church in Byram, MS,  Les and Angela sensed God leading them to take a step of faith: to leave their life, family and church, pull up roots and simply trust him for their next steps. Les knew their first step was to move to Birmingham, AL and join Church of the Highlands. Once in Birmingham, Les enrolled into Highlands College, the ministry training college of Church of the Highlands. Soon after, God began to speak to Les and Angela about church planting. Without a doubt, Les, a Jacksonville, TX native, knew they were supposed to plant a life-giving church in the Piney Woods region of East Texas and call it, Church of the Pines.

From that point, God began to birth the vision for Church of the Pines in Les. He began to dream about a church that would lead people into an "evergreen life"...a life that is full and vibrant, in every season. In October of 2016, God showed Les and Angela it was time to take their next step and begin the process of planting Church of the Pines in Tyler, TX.

Les and Angela have been married for 17 years and have a sweet and fun-loving daughter named Mia.