Rev. Dr. Les Hyder is the Stated Clerk/Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of San Joaquin. In this capacity he is the primary administrative official for the Presbytery providing support to over twenty congregations, new worshiping communities and fellowships stretching from Bakersfield to Madera in the Central Valley of California. Rev. Hyder has been a Presbyterian pastor for 38 years serving congregations in Washington and California. His last pastorate was as senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno for sixteen years, and currently the pastor emeritus. In addition to his civilian ministry Chaplain, Colonel Les Hyder had a parallel reserve ministry as an Air Force Chaplain. His last assignment was as the Director of the Air National Guard Chaplain Service in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for the recruiting, training and deployment of 600 Chaplains & Chaplain Assistants across the nation. Rev. Hyder also has certification in Church Conflict Resolution & Family Mediation through Fresno Pacific University. Les is married to Patricia Cook Hyder and they have two children and five grandchildren.