Leon Wirth is the executive director of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family, where he develops and carries out ministry initiatives related to parenting, children and teens.
Wirth oversees popular family-help resources like Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse, Jr. magazines for children and the Plugged In media discernment website with its related resources. He also carries out key alliances with organizations such as MOPS and the Fatherhood CoMission.
Wirth also speaks and writes for the ministry. He co-authored “The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions” (Tyndale 2012) and is a contributor to Focus’ “Dad Matters” blog.
Wirth’s passion to help parents equip their children with a transformational Christian faith is inspired in part by his own history. Wirth’s parents divorced when he was young, and his abusive stepfather ultimately left the family. Through that experience, Wirth learned firsthand the harm of doing family the wrong way. Years later, Wirth also learned how empowering it is to live out forgiveness. These experiences fuel his desire to reach out to moms and dads and help them lead their families well.
Prior to joining Focus, Wirth worked in Christian publishing, marketing and communications with several organizations including the Christian Book Association (CBA) and Outreach of Hope (now called Endurance with Dave Dravecky). He earned his undergraduate degree from Southwest Baptist University and a master’s degree in communications from Wheaton College.
Wirth and wife, Michelle, live in Colorado Springs with their eight daughters: Hannah, Rebecca, Emma, Olivia, Leah, Clara, Alicia and Jenna. The family enjoys camping and creative endeavors like participating in holiday cantata choirs.