30 May Senior Spotlight: Deacon Leslie Lake
Deacon Lake was born on November 29, 1952 on the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica. One year after graduating from high school, he came to the United States of America in May 1973. He met his wife Angela Walston in Plattsburgh, New York where they were married. They have been married for 33 years and are the parents of 3 children; Harold 42, Anthony 38, and Kimberly 32 years old and have 4 grandchildren; Myka, Kara, Krystan and Kaylan. Deacon Leslie is noted for asking questions and giving answers that at times really get your attention. In this spotlight, the tables were turned and the questions were asked of Deacon Lake and his responses are provided for your reading pleasure.
- What are your hobbies/interests? – My hobbies are playing puns in conversations, watching animal nature shows on television, and reading about history and examining current news events to see how they affect our world.
- Did you have a career in the military? – Yes, I entered the United States Air Force in November 1974 and began my career as an aircraft technician on large military transport airplanes. I had many duty assignments, both temporary and permanent that allowed me to see and experience many other countries including Canada, Germany, Spain, and Italy. I retired at Robins Air Force Base in December 2000 after 27 years on active duty. I continue to work at Robins as a civil service employee Quality Assurance Inspector.
- How has life in the military molded you as a person? In April 1983 while on break during a training course, the class instructor gave me a gospel tract. The Lord used that tract to convict my heart and on that evening while at home I gave my life to Jesus Christ.
- What are the most important lessons you have learned in life? The most important lessons I have learned in life are to be thankful in the difficult times and to be grateful for limitations because they are opportunities for God to show Himself mighty to you.
- What is a summary of your service at Fellowship? Since being at Fellowship, I continue to serve as a deacon, Christ Enrichment Teacher and serve in the prayer and prison ministries.
- How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a good man. Proverbs 13:22 says, “a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s, children.” The legacy I would like to leave for my children’s children is for them to have an active love relationship with Jesus Christ and for them to be productive and fruitful in ministry for the glory of God. If this is displayed in my grandchildren, then I think I’ve done a good job.
- What is “your message” (words of wisdom) to the future Generations? My message for future generations is a quote that says “your weaknesses are really your strengths that are out of balance.” Remember to ask God for help with your weaknesses; through them God will produce strengths for His glory.
- What are your special words to the Fellowship Family? My words to the Ship are that we are on a journey to heaven with the Captain of our Salvation Jesus at the helm. He has given us a dynamic and exceptional leader Pastor Tolan J. Morgan. Let us continue to follow him as he follows Christ. Fellowship, the blessings of the Lord be with you, and I bless you all in the name of the LORD.
Written by Isaiah Whittaker