Leighton O’Connor was born and raised in Beverly, Massachusetts. He gave his life to Christ in 2013 and have been driving for Jesus every since. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Missions for Hope, Inc, a not for profit organization whose purpose is to bring awareness and help the homelessness locally and nationally. The organization hopes to sponsor mission trips across the United States to research the effectiveness of various programs directed towards providing assistance for people who are homeless. Leighton hopes to utilize this research to implement programs that will provide useful remedies to effect positive change for the homeless condition in Massachusetts.
Leighton is a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God and since 2017 he has been a volunteer minister at Calvary Christian Church in Lynnfield, MA. His ministry includes preaching the Gospel, facilitating funerals, teaching, hospital visitations, counseling, and altar worker. Leighton serves as a member of the Board for Good Hope, Inc while also leading the Good Hope Homeless program. As well, he participates with the Good Hope Wells program which utilizes grants and sponsors fundraisers for the digging of wells in Africa. His ministry work has lead him on missions to Kolkata, Kenya, Tanzania and Guatemala. Leighton has been a member of Calvary since 2014 and he has served as Service Producer, Evangelism Explosion Trainer, Small Group Leader, Co-leader for Pure Life Ministry and Celebrate Recovery, Altar Worker, Greeter, Usher, Nursing Home Ministry, Fellowship & Fitness, Social Media Acts and Saturday Night Prayer Media, and, New Members and Believers Host.
Leighton’s extensive background in website building, media, and photography has equipped him with years of experience that he brings to help in the building of God’s kingdom in the earth. He is the lead in keeping the church connected with the world at large through online technology. He is an integral part of the social media network which he utilizes to connect to a wider community for Jesus. It is through his social media platform that he shares stories about people in need in an effort to raise funds to fight against homelessness, poverty, and children who are sick, have limited education and who are orphans. God has placed a burden on Leighton’s heart for the care of those in need.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:34-40
Leighton remains faithful to the fight, the good fight of faith as he “drives” to reach souls for Jesus. He continues to enhance his skills in photography and social media through his work for the Kingdom of God. In between the joys of ministry he enjoys spending time with his three amazing grown children, sailboat racing, hiking, camping and of course driving.