Paul & Glenda Lehman
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Paul and Glenda Lehman serve in Glade Park, a rural community in western Colorado. The area is situated on a plateau above the Colorado National Monument, with spectacular views of red sandstone canyons and sheer rock faces. The community is just forty minutes from Grand Junction, a larger community of 150,000 in the Western Slope Valley along the Colorado River. Both Glade Park and Grand Junction are major mountain biking destinations, and the area houses the world’s largest flat-top mountain, Grand Mesa.
Mesa County, which includes Glade Park, has always struggled with a high unemployment rate and low wages. This has led to a large homeless population and high levels of drug and alcohol addiction. Grand Junction is known as the divorce capital of Colorado, with the tenth highest rate in the country. But a true indicator of a country in distress is the suicide rate. In 2015, Mesa County’s suicide rate soared over the state average of 19.7 to a startling 32.3 for every 100,000 people.
One of the biggest needs in Glade Park and the surround communities is to see a spiritual revival. Roughly sixty-five percent of residents in this area reported no religious affiliation. Bringing people into a relationship with Jesus is the true way to battle the problems of addiction and depression in the community. The area also needs better drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, reentry programs to integrate prisoners back into the community, and better care for the homeless and others struggling financially.
After seeing the need in their community, the Lehmans began several ministries to reach local families and men. They serve as a pastoral team to Glade Park Bible Church and the community, which strives to be a place of refuge for people who are hurting and a light to introduce people to Jesus. The church offers services every Sunday morning, as well as Vacation Bible School and community outreach events during the summer. Glade Park Bible Church also aims to make a difference in the surrounding community by praying, helping with road cleanup, funding the fire department and community center, and helping people by providing food and other basic needs.
Paul also has a heart for jail ministry, and is on the board of a men’s ministry called Warrior At Heart. The ministry aims to heal and free men’s hearts by inspiring them to become the leaders and stewards God intended through the power of Christ’s love. Through weekly meetings and several boot camps each year, many men’s lives have been dramatically turned from addictions, failing marriages, families in crisis, legal trouble, anger issues, suicidal thoughts, and hopelessness.
As an extension of the Warrior At Heart ministry, Paul has been instrumental in starting and leading a jail ministry in the Mesa County Jail. The ministry is bringing men to Christ and mentoring them when they reenter society. The transforming power of God’s spirit in their lives is evident.
The Lehmans have served as InFaith field staff since 2013.
Paul has an A.A. in Religious Studies from Hesston College in Kansas. He enjoys singing, fishing, and hiking.