Garth Leno

Dr. Garth Leno, President


Garth Leno is a powerful and passionate communicator who loves to preach and teach the Word of God. His practical, relevant application of Bible truth helps people understand how to live. He has worked in churches in Saskatchewan, Illinois, Alberta, and Ontario. From 1999-2003 he was on staff with Samaritan's Purse - Canada as a Regional Director. He now serves as the President of WORDfirst Ministries of Canada and Senior Pastor of The Gathering in Windsor, Ontario.  Garth is married to Patty, and they have three children: Nathan (married to Sarah), Jamie, and Kristin.


Garth enjoys a fruitful Bible-teaching ministry in local churches, Bible conferences, retreats, family camps, and missions conferences. God also uses him to minister to pastors and missionaries throughout the world.


Garth holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Theological Seminary (Baptist General Conference) in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Master of Theology and the Master of Divinity degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Evangelical Free Church of America) in Deerfield, Illinois, and the Bachelor of Theology degree from Canadian Bible College (Christian and Missionary Alliance) in Regina, Saskatchewan.


He is listed in the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1983, and is a member of the Honor Society of the American Association of Bible Colleges, 1981. He has lectured at Bible colleges and seminaries on issues related to pastoral ministry. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School nominated him as a Teaching Fellow in Practical Theology for the 1983-84 academic year.


Numerous articles written by Dr. Leno have been published in magazines and journals in Canada and the United States. He has written a weekly newspaper column for more than 15 years. His books include Hebrews: The Superiority of Christ (1996), Staying On Course (2001), and When Everyone Does What Feels Right (2002).