Lee Heyward was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina during the turbulent decades of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. His teenage years reflected the unrest and confusion of the culture around him. It was during his high school years at Hargrave Military Academy that Lee became a Christ-follower. Lee returned to Greenville, South Carolina to attend Furman University where he met his future wife Terry. After graduating in 1978 Lee and Terry got married and relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked for two years in the field of business management. In 1980 Lee was invited to serve on the pastoral staff at nearby Elmbrook Church as an Associate Pastor.
In 1986 Lee and Terry, along with seven other families, launched Northbrook Church. From 1986 to 2009 he served as Founding and Senior Pastor of Northbrook Church in Richfield, Wisconsin. Under his leadership Northbrook grew to a weekly attendance of more than 1800 people and planted two other churches in suburban Milwaukee. Northbrook has also supported and equipped a family of international workers around the world.
Lee has traveled to more than 20 different countries teaching, equipping and encouraging church leaders. Lee holds a B.A. degree in Business from Furman University and a M.Div. and D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also serves as an adjunct professor in Practical Theology at Trinity.
Lee is a frequent speaker at retreats, college campuses, mens events and pastors conferences around the country. Lee and his wife Terry have four grown children and reside in Germantown, Wisconsin. They enjoy traveling together and spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Read an article about the beginning of Lee’s heart for missions.