Leslie Yates was born in 1940, brother to two elder brothers and two younger sisters. In 2005 he retired from fifty years of secular employment, which he spent mostly in the printing industry. He is married to Ann and in December 2017 they celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. They have two sons and two grandchildren. Les became an elder in the local fellowship in 1966, retiring from that role in 2015. Through the grace of God he and Ann continue to worship God on a regular basis with their faithful brothers and sisters of Trinity Grace Church, Ramsbottom, Lancashire.