Pastors Les & Marita


Pastor Les Thelander is a mild mannered man by day... and an anointed preacher of the Word the moment he steps up to the pulpit. A quieter personality than his wife, Les is proof that still waters run deep (and opposites attract). He loves to be in God's Word, and enjoys presenting the message God has for His church with authority and conviction.

Thirty-six years ago he married Marita in 1981 and they jumped right into lay-ministry, that lead into an internship and then a part-time position as Children's Pastor at their home church, Renton Assembly of God (Now New Life Church @ Renton).

By 1987 they spread their wings, left the large nest and flew into full-time ministry, pastoring in several small communities in four different states. 

Their ministry focus has always been to strive to meet the needs of the entire family by providing ministry to children, youth, young adults and the not-so-young adults. Pastor Les and Marita also have a heart for "communities" and enjoy participating in local events, supporting area school sports and finding ways to reach out to their community to be a light for Jesus.

Pastor Marita works side-by-side with Les, ministering to the women, children and youth. She  has been invited to speak at various ladies events as well as retreats and dabbles in writing. Marita has a blog that has collected some dust over the last year or so but hopes to re-visit that area of her creativity again. She writes under the pen name Mari LaVell and has over two dozen short stories due to be published in various anthologies.

We invite you to join our family at Onalaska Assembly of God and allow us to minister to your family.


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