|Dr. Leon Blanchette, Assistant Pastor of Children's Ministries|
In 2003, Leon accepted a position at Olivet Nazarene University where he serves as Professor of Christian Education and specializes in Children’s Ministries. Leon spent much of his first year at Olivet developing a program designed specifically for those called to children’s ministry. In 2004, Olivet officially began offering this major in Children’s Ministry.
Prior to teaching at ONU, Leon served 18 years as a children’s pastor. His ministry included serving in Cupertino, CA; Riverdale, GA; Hendersonville, TN; and Marion, OH.
Leon has served as a member of the Children’s Council in Tennessee and Ohio, including serving as Children’s Director of the North Central Ohio District Church of the Nazarene and currently serves as a Board Member of the Nazarene Children’s Pastors’ Association. He is also a member of NAPCE (North American Professors of Christian Education). He regularly speaks at conferences, camps, revivals, and Vacation Bible Schools
He is a graduate of Trevecca (95). He completed his doctoral work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. He was ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1993.
Leon is married to his high school sweetheart, Teri, and they have two daughters; Sarah, married to Brett, and Emily.