Leslie is one of the few true natives of this area. He was raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, and graduated from Indian River High School. Him and his wife Mary Jane, have been members of Hope Lutheran Church since 1985 and they currently reside in the Fairfield area. They have been married for 40 years come next July, and their son Billy was baptized and confirmed at Hope. On November 25, 1986, Leslie was baptized by Pastor Paul Kettner. He has served as an usher, dabbled in the kitchen and worked in the grounds along with the crew of Paul Graebner, and many years ago, he played softball with the boys at Hope! He had the pleasure of working in the shipyards for most of his life, but in 2016, he suffered a massive stroke which has taken a number of years to recover from, but with God’s help he has come a long way and has been very blessed.