A Personal Profile, and Ministry History of the Director;
Leonard Grubb began ministering to individuals who were afflicted with alcohol, drug addiction, and obsessive/compulsive lifestyles within two years of his own A TESTIMONY supernatural deliverance from addictions and suicidal depressions. His redemption and transformation are an answer to his personal prayer and acceptance of Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord in December of 1984..
Leonard’s Calling as read from: II Timothy 4:1-5 (Quotation from the KJV)
I CHARGE THEE THEREFORE BEFORE GOD, AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHO SHALL JUDGE THE QUICK AND THE DEAD AT HIS APPEARING AND HIS KINGDOM: PREACH THE WORD; BE INSTANT IN SEASON, OUT OF SEASON; REPROVE, REBUKE, EXHORT WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING AND DOCTRINE. FOR THE TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL THEY HEAP THEMSELVES TEACHERS, HAVING ITCHING EARS: AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH, AND SHALL BE TURNED INTO FABLES. BUT WATCH THOU IN ALL THINGS, ENDURE AFFLICTIONS, DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST, MAKE FULL PROOF OF THY MINISTRY.
History & Focus;
Since 1987 Leonard has reached hundreds of people, and has a vision of reaching more men and women with the hope that is present in the gospel of Jesus Christ; beginning with personal repentance, forgiveness of sins, and Gods ability and desire to transform broken lives.
In 1998 Leonard and his wife Maureen purchased a 5 bedroom rooming house that had been an active drug house. After evicting the drug dealers they rehabbed it and dubbed it Caleb House – “a transitional housing opportunity for men”, with a Christian Focus. This property provides a Christ centered environment, availability of individual assistance, and encouragement for those needing alternative housing during a time of transition from recovery facilities, to life in the community as a new & growing Christian. His work with the men in the house and the maintenance of these and other facilities has kept him active in Urban Cleveland, Ohio, where he has attempted to reach out to other agencies and make himself available as a mentor, counselor and minister to others in need.
Caleb House is currently receiving referrals from The City Mission, and the Salvation Army, Veterans Hospital in Brecksville, all in Cleveland area; from other pastors and churches who are aware of this ministry and calling – and from treatment facilities, and jails, around the state as the need for safe, sober housing and spiritual counsel may arise in Cleveland.
The coalition for housing, through Project Hope has encouraged the development of another “Caleb House” in Lake County Ohio, a project which we hope to undertake in the near future.
Leonard’s mission work & ministry involvement expanded when he was asked by an individual to assist in providing recovery meetings at the Lake County, Ohio, Jail. He began as an individual trying to assist another man, and after experiencing the need of the inmates, and having lost the support of the individual who had asked him to help, Leonard assumed a role of facilitator to expand the meetings and continue the program. Working with the individuals in charge at the jail he reached out to the community of active 12 step members to organize and staff two regular “recovery” meetings a week. In addition, Leonard’s personal commitment to providing Monday meetings on a regular basis, and two additional Bible based “Recovery focus groups” per month has placed him in a proactive position with the inmates who are seeking avenues of change based upon application of Gods word to everyday life.
Leonard has counseled men, women, families and clergy from all walks of life, from his biblical perspective on practical ways of overcoming debilitating behaviors through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ – and is open to working within the community with individuals and churches to continue to develop solutions that are based upon faith in and dependence upon God through Jesus Christ.
Most recently Leonard has taken on the mantel of responsibility associated with being a police chaplain for the city of Painesville, Ohio where he serves the officers and staff along with 3 other area pastors. They are seeking ways to develop and expand this effort to include service to the city employees, and Fire Department by developing a “Chaplains Corps” in Lake County, Ohio.
These ministries have been the focus of his life and activities for over 18 years, after having begun his outreach working with halfway houses in the mid 1980’s.
The formation of Christian Community Missions as an umbrella organization was the suggestion of a number of his advocates, as a vehicle through which he may continue his ministry and raise needed funds to continue, and to expand these efforts.
Can you help Leonard realize his vision for full time ministry? Please pray, and call to discuss how you might be able to support his efforts, and continue to send him into the community as a minister for change through the sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Leonard is married to Maureen and they live in Painesville, Ohio – They worship at Pilgrim Lutheran Brethren Church, in Concord, OH; Rev. Robert Heggestad, Pastor.