Bud Leskovac, Pastor
Bud Leskovac grew up in Greenville, Pennsylvania, married his high school sweetheart Pam in 1977, and soon had three young children. He settled into a successful insurance sales career with Prudential Securities and volunteered with Pam as the youth pastors of Maysville Community Church, a vibrant non-denominational congregation on the outskirts of the small steel-mill town. In 1987, Bud received God’s call to full-time ministry. In faith, he and his young family moved away from Pennsylvania and God led them to a home in Ashville, Ohio. Bud began attending classes at nearby Circleville Bible College. During the next two years, Bud and Pam began feeling God’s call into the United Methodist denomination.
The United Methodist denomination first appointed Bud in 1989 to be the student pastor of a three-church charge in Washington Court House, Ohio: Staunton, White Oak Grove, and Sugar Grove United Methodist Churches. The family served there from 1989 to 1995. During this time Bud attended The Ohio State University and Liberty University. He was then appointed to be the Associate Pastor at Church of the Master in Westerville, Ohio from 1995 to 1998. He began attending Otterbein University. From 1998 to 2000, Bud was appointed to serve as the Pastor of a young, new church, Servant of Christ UMC, which was meeting in an elementary school gymnasium in Westerville.
In 2000, Servant of Christ UMC in Westerville, Ohio, and New Hope UMC in Galena, Ohio merged under Bud’s leadership. The congregation made its home in New Hope’s church building on Harlem Road in Harlem Township. Soon thereafter, the name of the body of believers that merged together became Harlem Road United Methodist Church. Pastor Bud has served at Harlem Road Church since then. He is a regularly requested denominational consultant when other United Methodist churches consider merging. He and Pam have now served in this denomination for nearly 30 years.
Pastor Bud is an avid golfer and outdoorsman and enjoys carpentry and music.
Rocky Riddle, Pastor
Rocky Riddle grew up in Pickerington, Ohio, where he graduated from Pickerington North High School. Rocky attended church with his family at Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church. His faith became real to him through summer mission experiences where he gave his life away to Jesus through serving others. He enjoyed being a part of the life of the church through music, mission, and student ministry.
He attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music Education. Rocky continues to enjoy music and plays the trombone as his principal instrument. In 2012, Rocky participated in a summer internship designed to help college-aged students discern their call to ministry. During this summer in Plain City, he discerned God was calling him to ordained ministry.
Upon graduating from The Ohio State University in 2014, he attended United Theological Seminary in the Master’s of Divinity program. While in seminary, Rocky began to work at Trinity United Methodist Church as a student ministry director. He was fortunate to be appointed to Trinity as a provisional elder in 2017 and later an ordained elder in 2019. While at Trinity, Rocky helped launch a missional movement called Love The 614 - a ministry aimed at bringing together the city of Columbus to serve like Jesus. Rocky continues to be passionate about raising up the next generation of Jesus followers along with helping all people take their next step of faith in their relationship with Jesus.
In 2017, Rocky married his wife, Lisa, and they just recently welcomed their daughter, Sophia, in October 2019. As a family, they love board games, going to movies, taking adventures, and laughing together.
Pam Leskovac, Director of Children's Ministries
Pam Leskovac has been pursuing a deeper relationship with Christ for over 45 years. She grew up in Fredonia, Pennsylvania, married her highschool sweetheart Bud in 1977, and then embarked on an incredible adventure in ministry with him that began in 1989. Pam has 6 beautiful grown children (2 daughters, 1 son, 2 son-in-laws and 1 daughter-in-law), 4 beautiful young granddaughters and 1 grandson. She has served the church in the areas of Children’s, Women’s, Worship, and Youth ministries.
Currently Pam is on staff at Harlem Road Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries and the cry of her heart is to connect kids to Jesus Christ at a young age and then raise them up in their faith to be able to stand as Christian adults. Pam also serves Harlem Road Church in many worship and women's ministries.