BIOGRAPHY OF DR. LES LOFQUIST
Les was born May 26, 1954 into a stable, loving, well disciplined family with seven children. His mother and father were always supportive and provided great wisdom in many ways. His parents and both sets of grandparents were successful in business and marriage. But it was not a church going family and so Les looked to other activities for fulfillment.
During high school in Winona, Minnesota Les came in contact with some vibrant Christians who shared with him the message from the Bible about God's good news of salvation. But Les resisted them and mocked their message. Then the month after high school graduation, he began reading the gift New Testament that his Christian friends had given him and his deep antagonism toward God ceased. It was followed by curiosity, then amazement, then came the crisis. Would he believe?
It was two agonizing months of struggle for Les with unbelief and sin until he finally trusted Christ as his Savior on October 1, 1972. Three months later he enrolled at Grand Rapids (MI) School of Bible and Music, beginning his life-long quest to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. At GRSBM Les sensed the call of God into ministry. He desired to serve where no one else wanted to go and thought he would end up ministering in the Middle East among the Muslims or out west among the Mormons.
After his education (Diploma in Missions from GRSBM in 1976, B.A. from Grace College in Winona Lake, IN in 1979 and M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN in 1982) he served among the Mormons in a church planting ministry in Ogden, Utah for ten years. Then he served for nearly two years as Bible College professor at GRSBM. He was called as Senior Pastor of Pleasant View Bible Church in Warsaw, IN (where he had served previously as Youth pastor during college and seminary). While at PVBC he also taught on the part-time faculty of Grace Theological Seminary. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree in 2005 from Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary of Kansas City, Missouri.
In 1999 he was called to serve as IFCA International Executive Director in Grand Rapids, MI. He oversees the Fellowship which includes nearly 2000 churches, pastors, professors, missionaries, chaplains and Christian organizations and agencies. He also is Editor of the VOICE magazine, a bi-monthly publication that has been in continuous publication since 1927.
He has ministered extensively in churches, preached in pastors conferences and lectured at Bible Institutes, Bible Colleges, Seminaries all throughout the United States and in the following countries: Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Romania, Albania, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Uruguay, Guyana, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Germany, France, Scotland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Haiti, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and The Philippines. He leads study tours to Israel, the land of the Bible. He serves on the Boards of Biblical Ministries Worldwide, Calvary Bible College and Poverty Ministry Consulting. He also advises Spanish World Ministry and Congo International Ministries.
He and his wife Miriam were married in June, 1976 and now live in Byron Center, MI. They have two sons and three daughters (three of whom are married) and five grandsons. His oldest son is a pastor in Pennsylvania and his youngest son is a pastor in North Carolina. His son-in-law is Dean of the Chapel at Grace College.