Les Castor, Minister of Music
“Music is one way we express our heart felt thanks to God for all the undeserved things he has so graciously given to us. If He did nothing else we could spend eternity praising Him and it wouldn’t be enough.”
I was raised in a Godly home and saved at the age of 17. Our home was filled with music and laughter and my parents encouraged me to pursue my interests and talents. I didn’t think I wanted to go to college when I graduated from high school but soon realized that the retail world was not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life! So, I packed my stuff and headed to NWOSU at Alva where I majored in music and met my wife, Dawn. We moved home to Woodward after graduation and I spent the next 13 years of my life teaching vocal music to teenagers at WHS, my alma mater.
Although I loved teaching, I felt that God was calling me to do something different—serve Him full time. I struggled with this and spent some time as a bi-vocational music minister at Leedey First Baptist and Elm Street Baptist Church. I wasn’t ready yet to give up my steady, dependable income and place of security in the public schools. I finally quit teaching and carried mail for a few years for the United States Postal Service. I loved this job too but still felt that God had a different plan for me. I at last surrendered to full-time music ministry at FBC and immediately felt at peace and at home.
Although it was a long road to total surrender to God, I believe He used all of those places I worked to prepare me for this position. I also believed he used me to minister to others at school and at the Post Office.
God has been so good to me! He’s given a loving marriage, two beautiful daughters, a wonderful extended family and some fantastic friends. I’ve been blessed and it is my desire to serve Him with all my heart.