Dr. Gonzales has twenty years experience in church and ministry leadership and twenty-five years experience in business. As an ordained minister, he has served as supervisor, trainer, and mentor. As a businessman, he has served as both employee and employer, having been a part of the workforce for over ten years before taking over the helm of a family-owned business for the next fifteen years.
Academically, Dr. Gonzales holds three theological degrees, a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Regent University, a Master of Divinity from the King’s University, and a Master of Arts in Recovery Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. In addition to his theological degrees, he also holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the nationally ranked McCombs Business School at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a diploma in cultural studies that he gained as a student in Latin America in the early 2000’s. As a supplement to his skill-set, Dr. Gonzales obtained a life coach certification in 2010 and is currently seeking board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
In addition to owning and operating two businesses, Dr. Gonzales also serves as the Director of Pastoral Care and Prayer Ministries for Valley Praise UMC, a network of churches with three locations in the Rio Grande Valley.
Leslie has been married 17 years and has three sons. His passion is to serve God and to glorify Him through his work in the church and in the marketplace.