Pastor Leonard “Lenny” Weston, age 64, of Millersport, died Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at his residence. Born June 30, 1955 in New York City to Leonard and Pearlina (Williams) Weston. He was a senior pastor at The Bridge Church/Vision Ministries International in Canal Winchester.
Leonard Weston was a beloved family member, and a true man of God, who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves to mourn him the following: his brother, Robert Weston, his wife Jacqueline, and their children, daughter Jone' Porter-Wicker along with her husband, Brian Wicker, Jr., and their sons Dillon Porter, Brian Wicker the 3rd, and Matthew Wicker; sons Robert Weston, Jr., and Adrian Weston; his youngest brother, Otis Weston, and his children, son Joshua Weston, daughter Dr. Bernadette Smith, and her husband, Jamaal Smith and their daughter Reagan Smith; Dr. Louis Williams (Uncle Junior), his wife, Sandra and their children, Dr. Bryan Louis Williams and wife Dr. Carla Cotwright-Williams, and son Marc Thomas Williams, his wife Krystle and daughter Liah; Aunt Lillian Collier-Willis, along with her daughter, Deborah Brown-Hicks, and her son, Jared Hicks; niece Liza Mitchell, her husband, Barry Mitchell; great niece Natasha Williams, and her children Daniel, Jeovanny, and Brooklyn Williams; great nephew Michael Dyche Williams. nephew Michael Williams, his wife, Lizzette Williams, and their children, sons Kristopher and Jordan Williams; niece Michelle Williams, her husband Alfred Jackson; great nephew O'shea Williams, his son, O'shea Williams, Jr., great nephew Alfred Jackson, Jr., and great niece, Andrea Jackson; cousin Jerome Coffield, his wife, Sherri Coffield, and their children, daughter Joy Coffield, and son Javon Coffield; also, a vast host of other family and friends across the United States, the world, and in Heaven."
In addition to his blood family, Pastor Lenny Weston leaves behind a multitude of spiritual family members. These include:
Resurrection Church and Christ Covenant Coalition family in Brooklyn New York--Bishop Joseph and Joyce Mattera* and his nieces and nephews, Jason, Justin, Becky, Rachel and Charissa Mattera.**
The Bridge Church family in Columbus, Ohio
Vision Ministries International family
Timisoara, Romania family – Pastor Relu Bahnaru and Liviu Neagoe
Australia family- Pastor Shaun and Sandra Hansen*
Mexico- Yolanda Sessions
Wales- Andrew and Helen Yeoman
Spain- Jeff and Wendy Steen
Texas family- Judy and Tim Reichwein, Jenn, Katrina, Chrissy, & Jessie,*/*** Pastor Darren Begley
Reston, Virginia family: Cindy, Daris, Sarah, Benjamin, and Jonathan Meeks ***/****
*spiritual brother and sister
**spiritual nieces and nephews
***spiritual sons and daughters
Pastor Lenny Weston loved deeply and was deeply loved. He never failed to take a sincere interest in each person he met, while never losing sight of the immense task of bringing the gospel to the nations. He leaves behind a remarkable legacy of prayer, faith, and devotion to the cause of the gospel.
After graduation from high school, Lenny attended LeSea Bible College and went into the ministry. He served on the pastoral staff with Full Gospel Fellowship (Stafford, TX) in numerous capacities. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York and lived with Bishop Joseph and Joyce Mattera for a few years. Their relationship was one that he cherished until the day he died. He constantly expressed his love for “my brother, Joey” (Bishop Mattera) and Joyce, whom he adored, and their five children, who all loved and looked up to their “Uncle Lenny”. There, at Resurrection Church, he labored tirelessly in the pulpit, small groups, and the streets of New York. In addition, he personally invested in numerous individuals in NYC, many of whom he brought into his home, providing a safe haven for them from the rough streets of New York City. He was instrumental in helping Bishop Mattera develop the prophetic culture, as well as a family culture, within Resurrection Church.
In 1993, after many prophetic words and apostolic counsel, Pastor Lenny founded Harvest Vision Ministries, which in 1996 became Vision Ministries International (VMI). VMI, based in the Columbus, Ohio area, incorporated many of his spiritual sons and daughters with the purpose of equipping and training the church to reach the nations with the gospel. Pastor Lenny began yearly Citywide and regional conferences: “Revolution,” “Purity, Purpose, & Power” (for young women), and “Fullness of His Presence” (worship). These were held across the country and were marked with manifestations of the power of the Holy Spirit. Theses conferences also provided practical teaching and instructions on how to live out the Great Commission in the marketplace.
Young people were a special focus for Pastor Lenny. His passion was displayed as he walked in a supernatural grace towards the younger generation. His father’s heart called out God’s plan and purposes in their lives.
He was affectionately called “Pops” by those young men and women in whom he poured his time and energy. He personally discipled and mentored them. Throughout the decades, a multitude of them lived in his home. He went to extreme lengths to prepare them for their callings: he provided academic tutoring—at times homeschooling when necessary; provided financial assistance, job training, and even paying for their weddings.
Through VMI, Pastor Lenny took teams of young people into the nations with The Timothy Project. The Timothy Project included training in various schools of ministry such as worship and the arts, pastoral ministry, market place ministry, servanthood and leadership training. Salvations and miraculous healings were the hallmark of these evangelistic meetings and crusades. There, young students were incorporated into the ministry teams and released to lay hands on the sick, oppressed, and hurting. It was the first time that many of them experienced God’s use of them to demonstrate His power to advance His Kingdom.
The Bridge Church, on the eastside of the Columbus area, became the local expression of this vision and continues to be a place where God’s love is demonstrated.
We will miss this remarkable man! We will forever be deeply grateful to God for his selfless service and example of Christlikeness. His memory will never fade from our hearts and lives.
A memorial service will be held 6:30 pm Friday, September 13, 2019 at Trinity Family Life Center, 6389 Blacklick Eastern Rd., Pickerington, with Bishop Joseph Mattera officiating.
In lieu of fowers, friends may donate to the Lenny Weston Missions Fund in his memory.