John Leyendecker converted to Catholicism in 1999 after a very prodigal lifestyle. Watching his father die in front of him at 12 years old lead him to search for fulfillment in all the wrong places- drugs, alcohol, unchastity. It is from this place of brokenness that he shares what Christ has done in his life. He studied classics and theology, and has done graduate work at the Athenaeum of Ohio. Working as a full-time youth minister for four years, 7 years as Team Director for FOCUS at Colorado State University has made him even more passionate for the work of the New Evangelization. Currently John and his wife, Lisa, live in Kansas City with their 6 children: Maximilian, Anastasia, Solanus, Cecilia, Lucy, and Tryphaena.