Born in Antigua, Les moved to the UK as a young child in 1965, growing up in north London with his parents. He experienced gangs and street violence in his teens, becoming a Rastafarian in his search for hope. Then in his late teens Les became a Christian. This radical life changing experience inspired him to always seek ways to engage with the same hard-to-reach communities that he came from. Committed to sharing not only the spiritual relevance of the gospel message, but also the very practical message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been a minister for over 30 years and is currently an associate minister of the Christian Life Fellowship in Greenwich London. He is Chief Executive officer of Ascension Trust which he founded 20 years ago “out of his concern to see churches involved in mission relevant to their own context and locality” He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2012 for his work as Head of Ascension Trust. Les founded the Street Pastors Initiative 10 years ago in response to the growing concern for the problems of gun and knife crime, binge drinking, gang culture, loneliness, violence and fear within our communities. Les is the author of three books, “Dreadlocks” “Relevant Church” and “Street Pastors”.