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ABOUT LEAD WITH YOUR LIFE

Empowering a Movement of Kingdom Leaders

Our Mission

The mission of LEAD WITH YOUR LIFE is to inspire, resource, and equip Kingdom leaders for lives of extraordinary impact.

Every Christ-follower is on a mission—the Great Commission. Any mission, especially one of strategic importance, needs leaders—good ones and lots of them. But the mission is severely compromised when its leaders are taken off the frontlines due to some form of breakdown in their personal lives. These all-too-familiar breakdowns are seen in personal crisis, counterproductive behaviors, ill-advised choices, entitlement attitudes, interpersonal conflicts, and physical or emotional depletion.

It is no secret these are formidable problems. And prevalent ones.

Leadership success will never be fully realized if leaders lead with their titles, positions, personalities, degrees, or accomplishments. True leadership happens when leaders lead with their LIVES—bringing the weight and power of lives that are constantly being transformed by Christ.

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Chuck Olson

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What is Chuck’s story? Born and raised in Los Angeles, Chuck pastored in the local church for over 40 years before giving full focus to Lead With Your Life. He brings a deep passion for developing leaders, both in the local church and marketplace, who value the importance of leading not with positions or titles but with WHO they are. He is constantly pursuing ways to challenge current and next generation leaders to look at the interior issues of life and leadership.

What words do people use to describe him? Passionate Christ follower. Team leader. Developer. Maximizer. Learner. Strategic implementer. Coach. Encourager.

What is he really good at? Coming alongside of Kingdom leaders who want to take their lives and leadership to deeper and more significant places of impact and influence. He is deliberately in pursuit of leaders who want to develop from the inside out.

What are some of the formal ways God has prepared Chuck to serve? Chuck earned a B.A. at Biola University, a Th.M. at Dallas Seminary, and a D.Min. at Talbot School of Theology. He is Founder and President of Lead With Your Life.

Things he’s learned along the way:

  • Autograph your work with excellence
  • Deliver on your promises
  • Cultivate courageous character
  • Daily disciplines ensure sustainable leadership
  • See obstacles as opportunities
  • Seek ways to bless and build up others
  • Daily ask yourself, “How did I impact the people I connected with today?”

One of Chuck’s favorite sayings: Great accomplishments start with a compelling vision, but become reality through daily choices.

What does he enjoy doing? Coming along side of Kingdom-minded leaders, encouraging and motivating them to grow and deepen their leadership impact to those in their spheres of influence. Olson continues to explore ways to engage and mentor next generation leaders from his own personal experiences as a leader, pastor, husband, dad and granddad. To keep his heart and mind healthy he enjoys reading and writing, learning, home projects, working out and traveling.

What does Chuck value most? Encouraging leaders to step up to the challenge and call to Lead With Their Lives like never before. Living in a community. Sharing life with his college sweetheart, Pattie, their two adults sons and wives, and a six-pack of amazing grands.

Meet the LWYL Board

Bill Duncan

Bill Duncan

Chair

Bill Duncan has served alongside of Chuck in the local church as a dear friend before the inception of Lead With Your Life. He is a founding board member and currently serves as chair of the board. He brings strong organizational and exceptional leadership skills to the ministry. He also coaches Rock Solid groups, as he desires to take the journey with leaders of developing depth of character by being transformed from the inside out. Bill also serves on additional Christian, non-profit boards. He and his wife, Debbie have four married children and twelve grandchildren. Bill retired from The Olson Duncan Agency that he successfully owned and led for over 40 years.

Rich Chinen

Rich Chinen

Rich has been a board member for Lead With Your Life since 2012, bringing his extraordinary leadership and expertise to a variety of roles. Experiencing the humility, transparency, love of Christ, and encouragement from a dozen men for nine months in the initial Rock Solid group led Rich to become an advocate for Lead With Your Life. He considers it a privilege to serve on the Board. He has been married to Kim since 1982 and they are blessed to have two married adult daughters, and three grandchildren. Rich and Kim have been long time members of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena where he has served on the Ministry Council. He is a partner of Barbaro, Chinen, Pitzer & Duke, LLP, a Pasadena law firm. He also volunteers as a board member of local and national organizations.

Larry Edson

Larry Edson

Larry retired from Union Bank corporate banking in 2004 having spent over 30 successful years in the banking industry. During his career, he has served on various corporate boards with his experience and strategic expertise. Larry is married to his sweetheart Gerri and they have two adult sons. He has brought his time, talent and resources to the Lead With Your Life Board and believes strongly in the mission of Rock Solid: equipping and resourcing Christian leaders to leave a legacy as they lead with their lives.

John Gilmour

John Gilmour

Treasurer

John is a benefits broker with over 30 years of experience at JD Gilmour & Co., Inc. John is married to Karen and has one adult son and two adult daughters. They attend Fellowship Church in Monrovia, CA and are involved as marriage mentors. John has faithfully served on the Lead With Your Life Board for a number of years, bringing a keen passion and reliable expertise to the table. He strongly supports the Rock Solid Initiative, serving as a Coach most seasons. His deep desire is to come alongside of Kingdom-minded leaders resourcing and equipping them for maximum strategic impact, as they lead from the inside out.

Herag Haleblian

Herag Haleblian

Herag uses his unique ability to articulate complex ideas clearly in various settings: as a management consultant for over 25 years, as a social entrepreneur, as a facilitator of men’s leadership development, and as a professor in academia. He is the founder/managing partner at the management consulting firm KRE Consulting, the founder/president of the social enterprise The Spectrum Works and a part time lecturer at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Herag and his wife Lisa have a daughter and two sons. Over the years, he has faithfully served as a Rock Solid Coach. He is fully committed to the mission of Lead with Your Life, seeking to inspire and equip leaders to live lives of extraordinary impact.

Jim Howe

Jim Howe

Secretary

Jim is the COO of a small manufacturing firm and has enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor in the graduate School of Business at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has been an integral visionary board member at Lead With Your Life since its founding, and has helped facilitate several Rock Solid groups. Having seen and experienced first hand the significant impact of this transformational ministry to leaders, Jim expectantly looks forward to continued engagement and support of the LWYL mission, seeking to impact and build into next generation leaders. Jim and his wife Lori are parents to an adult son and daughter, and two grandkids.

Randy Northrup

Randy Northrup

Almost a decade ago, Dr. Randy Northrup was a participant in the original Rock Solid group, led by Chuck Olson. Since that time, he has eagerly and whole heartedly served on the Lead With Your Life Board. He is incredibly passionate about helping others thrive in their lives and leadership and to see them lead like never before by maximizing God’s call on their lives. Dr. Randy Northrup is a husband of 44 years to Robin, with three grown daughters and seven grandchildren. He is the Founder and President of Northrup Family Counseling in Pasadena, California, and is a gifted singer-songwriter and recording artist.

Bill Podley

Bill Podley

Bill has served alongside of Chuck on the Lead With Your Life Board since the very start. He is fully committed to the mission of raising up leaders who are rock solid on the inside and dangerous for God’s Kingdom on the outside, and wholeheartedly supports the transformational work of the inner life that occurs during the nine-month Rock Solid journey. Bill is a partner at Deasy-Penner-Podley, a residential real estate firm based in Pasadena. His 46-year career as a brokerage owner and sales agent has allowed him to lead agents and assist clients in buying and selling one of life’s most important tangible assets–homes. He and his wife Kathy have one adult son and two adult daughters and six grandchildren.

FAQs

What is the mission of Lead With Your Life?

The mission of LEAD WITH YOUR LIFE is to energize and promote a movement of Kingdom leaders—both ministry and marketplace—who are uncompromisingly committed to fulfilling their calling by leading with their lives.

What is the ministry philosophy of LWYL?

LWYL considers investing in leaders a wise stewardship decision, recognizing that there is a high rate of return in doing so since leaders, by definition, influence others. Included in the Lead With Your Life philosophy is an intentional seeking and engaging with next-generation leaders. All ministries and services provided by LWYL are on a donation basis so as not to prevent or limit one’s capacity to benefit from the stated mission of the organization. As an independent 501c3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

What are some of the strategies and initiatives of LWYL?

LEAD WITH YOUR LIFE provides both services and resources. Some of the services include discipleship groups for leaders (Rock Solid), one-on-one leadership coaching, virtual mentoring and leadership round table conversations. Resources include a monthly blog, book notes, a Partnership Insider and monthly opportunities to engage in mentoring by Chuck Olson.

How is LWYL organized?

Chuck serves as founder and president of LWYL. All ministries and fiduciary activities of LWYL are governed by a board of directors. The 2020 LWYL board members include: Bill Duncan, Chair; Jim Howe, Secretary; John Gilmour, Treasurer; Rich Chinen; Larry Edson; Herag Haleblian; Randy Northrup; Bill Podley.

What is Rock Solid all about?

The purpose of Rock Solid is to provide an intensive, 10-12 person discipleship experience that will empower leaders to become rock-solid on the inside and dangerous/courageous for the Kingdom on the outside. Using content that has been developed by Chuck over four decades pastoring in the local church, the nine-month Rock Solid journey provides participants the opportunity to work through essential practices in a variety of ways, all designed to enable a leader to develop a personal profile for greater Kingdom impact.

How can a person participate in and/or learn more about the ministries of LWYL?

The best way to learn more about the influential work and strategic mission of Lead With Your Life is to contact us.

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Everyone’s life gets better when a leader’s life gets stronger.

– Chuck Olson

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