July 18, 2007

Greg and Shelley's Background

Greg & Shelley met at Biola University on May 6th, 1977 and were married on March 1st, 1980 at First Evangelical Free Church in Southern California.

We began our lives in California after both graduating from Biola University with Business Administration degrees. Shelley was employed in Event Sales and marketing with Knott’s Berry Farm and Greg began what became a 20 year career with The ServiceMaster Corporation. We moved from California to Phoenix, Arizona then on to Canada, where we lived in Toronto, Ontario, where Shannon and Ryan were born. From Toronto, we trekked across Canada to the west coast and lived in Vancouver, British Columbia for 12 years. There we had 3 children, Jason, Carson and Heather. We eventually we returned to the USA in 2000 and settled in Orange County, California.

Our Family



Greg's Background

Greg is the Director of Strategic Alliances & Corporate Relations at Biola University where he is responsible to create global and local alliances in academic, operational and financial arena's as he shares the vision for the future of the University with external partners. Greg earned his B.S. in Business Administration at Biola University.

Greg served in various senior management capacities for 20 years with The ServiceMaster Company, an $8 billion Fortune 500 firm focused in the health care management and franchising fields. After his term at ServiceMaster, he held various senior leadership positions in the non-profit sector serving as Vice President of Arrow Leadership, a program that develops the leadership skills of young ministry leaders and then as the Director of Leadership Development for Christian Management Association where he was responsible for senior executive leadership training programs.

Greg has served as a board member of a number of non-profit organizations, including BBL Forum, Youth For Christ, and Outreach Canada, a ministry of Overseas Crusades. He also specializes in personal and organizational development as a Life Coach and organizational leadership consultant. He enjoys writing, and his work has been published by Christianity Today, Pastor Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, and Christian Management Association.

Shelley's Background

Shelley works at Saddleback Church, one of the fastest growing & largest churches in the United States. She serves as Manager of Campaign Development & Communications and is responsible for creating the ’40 Days’ training materials, used by over 25,000 churches around the world to lead spiritual growth campaigns. Shelley co-authored ‘Character Makeover’ published by Zondervan for winter 2007 release. Shelley earned her Business and Bible degrees from Biola University and has focused on conducting outreach efforts in her neighborhood and creating proactive learning experiences for their two girls and three boys, ages 14 to 21 who keep the family aware of what's really important in life.

Greg and Shelley's Ministry Together:

Sharing God’s Blueprint for Marriage

Greg and Shelley have been married for 27 years. Throughout those years they have shared God’s timeless blueprint for marriage through many different vehicles from leading home bible studies with couples to speaking to audiences of over a thousand people at Family Life marriage conferences http://www.familylifecanada.com/ where they are part of the National Speaking team. They love to communicate how God's truths can change lives, businesses, marriages and families.

Greg & Shelley have appeared on Family Life’s television program, ‘Marriage UnCensored’ http://womentodaymagazine.com/relationships/goodfight.html
which airs nationally and have spoken to thousands of couples over the past decade in small towns and large cities across the country.

Speaking Topics

Greg & Shelley speak together on these exciting, audience-connecting marriage topics…

Threats to a great marriage. How did our culture get us to here? What is God’s blueprint for marriage?

Forgiveness, Blessing & Restoration that leads to God's radical plan for communication harmony

Did God send your spouse to break you or to shape you? Is marriage intended for my holiness or my happiness?

Sparks in the bedroom straight from the Bible.

How to have a good fight!...from conflict to forgiveness; God’s radical plan to return a blessing for an insult.

How to craft a family mission statement and put your family on God’s track to living on purpose.

Contact information:
P.O. Box 80903, Rancho Santa Margarita, California, 92688
E-Mail: Greg: gregoryleith@msn.com Shelley: shelleyl@saddleback.net