Dr. Les Ollila: A Leader of Leaders

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Dr. Les Ollila is a longtime friend and one of my most important mentors. He is also a leader of leaders.

Recently, it dawned on me that many of the leaders of the Christian colleges and seminaries that Bob Jones University has close relationships with were greatly influenced by the ministry of Dr. Ollila. In order to properly recognize his impact, we decided to award him with the Lifetime in Leadership Award during the 2021 Bible Conference.

In today’s episode, I sit down in my office with Dr. Ollila to discuss his life story and how God burdened him to train the next generation of leaders.

Be sure to take the opportunity to watch the award presentation live at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18, or watch the replay when you have the time later.


Steve Pettit traveled for many years with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team before becoming president of Bob Jones University. His ultimate goal for BJU is to prepare students to serve and love others, no matter their vocation.