Heritage Christian Center's Founder

If you were to ask Dennis Leonard how Heritage Christian Center came to fruition, he would have told you, “I was just a building contractor who wanted to do something for the Lord.”

Pastor Leonard began fulfilling his call to the ministry in 1985 when he founded Heritage Christian Center in the basement of his home as “simply a Bible study”. Church Growth Today has named Heritage Christian Center, “one of America’s 100 fastest growing churches.”

Heritage Christian Center hit its 39-year anniversary mark in 2023; and it is still a fast-paced, multicultural, nondenominational church.  Dennis Leonard finished his call to ministry on November 1, 2018, and stepped into the presence of his Lord & Savior.  His legacy lives on today through the multiple community outreaches he created during his lifetime with the vision passed onto his wife, Michele Leonard.

Dennis Leonard was driven by his desire to assist men and women in their efforts to become and achieve their personal best, no matter their age, socio, economic or cultural background. He saw potential in everyone, and believed that once that potential was tapped, nothing could hold someone back from achieving anything.

Pastor Leonard’s teaching style has been described as, “unique, educational, and uplifting”, often times using memorable illustrations during his sermons.

As a noted author, Dennis Leonard authored over 15 books, including, “Your Best Days are Still Ahead” and his best sellers, “Happiness Matters” and "Love Matters". Other books include “Don’t Judge My Future By My Past”, “Forgiveness Matters”, “Failure Is Not the End”,  and “Keys to Financial Freedom”.