2018 Leon Strang

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said,“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This is the favorite verse and motto of our 2018 Choir Honoree, Leon Strang.

Leon grew up three miles down the road in Shirley where he attended Aldine Methodist Church. His mother, Lois still lives in his childhood home. Leon was four years old when he first began singing in the Children's Choir here at Aldine Methodist. When he was sixteen, he joined the Senior Choir which was under the direction of Kay Fogg. It was 1976, our country's Bicentennial Year. The highlight for Leon was combining the Aldine Methodist Choir with Quinton Methodist Choir to present a patriotic cantata which was performed in several area churches. As the years went on, Leon had the opportunity to lend his strong tenor voice to the choir under the direction of several past directors such as Tish Sarricino, Daryll Halter, Carol Crispin and Becky Sabota. He enjoys singing in the choir because everyone is like a family. The members are genuine, friendly and truly care about one another, all the while serving the Lord through music.

Family has always been very important to Leon. His love and devotion to his wife Ann is evident. Leon has been blessed with four children, Daniel, 28; Tristan, 25; Katrina, 12 and Madison,10. A hard worker, he is employed at Ross Enterprises as a petroleum hauler, mechanic and Jack-Of-All-Trades. In the summer, he does lawns on the side. A Daretown Firefighter, he has arranged Fire Prevention presentations for our Pioneer Club Program for several years. In addition, Leon serves as caretaker of our Church Cemetery.

As many of you are aware, the Strang family has had a long involvement at Ranch Hope, beginning in 1964 when Leon's grandfather Hiram Strang loaned Reverend Bailey $10,000 interest free to purchase the land that the ranch is on. The school on the ranch is named the Strang School in honor of his grandparents. Leon is carrying on his family's tradition through his work with the Ranch Hope Ranglers. This group raises money for Ranch Hope activities and equipment which are not within the constraints of the Ranch's budget. Some of the fund raisers include the annual Golf Tournament and the Bowl-A-Thon. (As some of you know, Leon is an avid bowler!) Leon currently serves as the group's president also known as the foreman. In addition, he has served on the board of managers for several years. Leon was actively involved in the iconic Duck Supper fundraiser held here at Aldine for many years. He served wherever he was needed from directing traffic to heading up this unique Ranch Hope Fundraiser in it's final three years. Leon says that all the effort is worth it when he has a chance to interact with the youth at the ranch and see how has been able to share the love of Jesus with them. Often the youth are incredulous. Why are you being so nice to us?

Leon's commitment to serving others in his church and community is his way of expressing his faith in Jesus Christ. This theme of giving back to others in gratitude to God is repeated time and time again in Leon's life even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Leon says that he has been truly blessed by serving others. According to Hebrews 6:10, God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.

May God richly bless you and your family, Leon as you continue to serve Him.