Author of MUSIC OF 1000 HAMMERS, Inside Habitat for Humanity, Paul Leonard’s professional career has spanned the two disparate worlds of nonprofit ministry and big business. With degrees from Davidson College, University of Chicago’s Divinity School, and Emory University, he first served at Trinity Presbyterian Church and then founded a non-traditional church that focused on community action and service. While there, Leonard helped organize Charlotte Fair Housing Association.
He left the traditional ministry to work with M.O.T.I.O.N (city housing program), and was later recruited by the John Crosland Company, coming on board as the company’s multi-family housing manager. In this capacity,he utilized federal housing programs to build low- and moderate-income housing. He became the company’s president in 1984. After the company was acquired by Centex Real Estate Corporation, Leonard was appointed as its Executive Vice-President, responsible for the company’s southeast region.
After retiring from Centex, Leonard was elected to the Board of Habitat for Humanity International; he served as Chairman of the Board from December, 2001 to December, 2003. Leonard was employed as the Interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity from June, 2004 through October, 2005. Currently, he is a member of the US Council for Habitat for Humanity International.
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The Herald Weekly
Paul Leonard is a saint"
- Hugh McColl
A well-told story of a life well-lived, reminding those of us in the church to be church outside the church."
- James Howell Senior Pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church author of What Does the Lord Require?
No better leader, no better example, no better friend. Paul and Judy Leonard have been these things to me for more than 50 years and I have always wanted to know the source of their incredible drive to serve others. Paul’s book speaks to my wonder. By opening his and Judy’s lives, he inspired me to do better sharing the gifts God gave me. But his description of his long, sincere, and intense search for a church to accommodate his deep faith and call to service is profoundly unsettling and should be mandatory reading for every religious leader and anyone else who cares about the future of organized religion."
- DG Martin, Host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch”