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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 equip Kingdom leaders to lead from the inside out.

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

Chuck and Pattie

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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. 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?
Served as pastor for 30+ years, earned B.A. from Biola University, Th.M. from Dallas Seminary, and D.Min. from Talbot School of Theology. He is Founder of Lead With Your Life.

Things he’s learned along the way:

  •   Daily disciplines ensure sustainable leadership
  •   Autograph your work with excellence
  •   Always deliver on your promises
  •   Cultivate courageous character
  •   See obstacles as opportunities
  •   Daily ask, “How did I impact those 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 develop and deepen their leadership impact in their spheres of influence. Olson explores 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, home projects, running and working out, and traveling.

What does Chuck value most?
Encouraging leaders to step up to the challenge and call to Lead With Their Lives. Living in community. Sharing life with his college sweetheart, Pattie, two adults sons and wives, and his six-pack of grands.

Meet the LWYL Board

Bill Duncan

Bill Duncan

Chair of the Board

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.

Larry Edson

Larry Edson

Larry Edson brings his time, talent and resources to the Lead With Your Life Board, believing wholeheartedly in the mission of equipping and resourcing Christian leaders to leave a solid legacy as they lead with their lives. Larry brings his financial influence and strong leadership, having retired from Union Bank corporate banking after over 30 successful years, where he served on various corporate boards  with strategic expertise. Larry is married to his sweetheart Gerri, and they have two adult sons and one adorable granddaughter.

John Gilmour

John Gilmour

John Gilmour 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. 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. 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.

Herag Haleblian

Herag Haleblian

Over the years, Herag Haleblian 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. Herag brings to the board his unique ability to articulate complex ideas clearly. He has been in management consultant for over 25 years, a social entrepreneur, a facilitator of men’s leadership development, and a professor in academia. He is the founder/managing partner at KRE Consulting, 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 one adult daughter and two sons.


Garrick Hanger

Pastor Garrick Hanger serves as co-lead pastor at Coastline Covenant Church in Southern California. He is passionate about walking intimately with Jesus, helping leaders experience the lavish love of God, and learning how to live expectantly through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Garrick has been coaching Rock Solid groups with Chuck for a number of years, and brings to the board a strong discipline of living and leading from the heart, and keen leadership expertise and insight. Things he loves: his wife Jeannine, his three kids, his dog Ruby Mae, slow reflective walks in nature, VW buses, and body surfing.

Jim Howe

Jim Howe

Jim Howe has been an integral visionary board member at Lead With Your Life since its founding, and has coached a number of Rock Solid groups. Having seen and experienced first hand the significant impact of this transformational ministry in the lives of leaders, Jim expectantly looks forward to continued engagement and support of the LWYL mission as we seek to build into next generation leaders. Jim is the Chief Operating and Financial Officer at Door of Hope. He has enjoyed teaching over the years as an adjunct professor in the graduate School of Business at Azusa Pacific University.  He and his wife Lori are parents to one adult son and daughter and enjoy three darling grandkids.

Dusty Olson

Dusty Olson

Dusty Olson enthusiastically brings experience with donor engagement and strategic relational capital to the Lead With Your Life board. He has served as a Rock Solid coach for a number of years, leading with transparency from the inside out. He graduated with a degree in Business Finance from Point Loma Nazarene University, with a career focused in the Insurance industry. Dusty and his wife, Kim, have been married since college, and have three amazing children. They attend Shoreline Church in San Clemente. Some of his favorite activities include engaging in the kids sports, golf, and enjoying rich and meaningful conversations with Kim and friends over a good meal.


Kevin Hoist
Director of Key Initiatives

Sam Kemp
Director of Rock Solid NEXT

Jim Alden
Director of Coach Development

Dusty Olson
Director of Donor Development

Steve Keith
Project Manager & Website Operations


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. 

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.