The first session of LEAFs occurred at St. William’s Catholic Church in Fridley on March 6, 1995. Topics included World Religions, Travelogue/Mission, Bible Study, Self-esteem, Health issues and entertainment.
After a successful first series of forums the planning committee decided to have two series per year, one in the spring and the other in the fall.
The fall series of 1995 was hosted by St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Fridley.
The following churches have since hosted LEAFs: Redeemer Lutheran, Nativity Lutheran, Faith United Methodist, Christ the King Lutheran, Abiding Savior Lutheran, Christ Lutheran as well as the original hosts, St. William’s Catholic and St. Philip’s Lutheran.
The planning committee has consisted of retired pastors, pastors’ wives, professors, visiting nurse, business leaders and interested current participants. Over the years the size of the committee has ranged from 8 to 16 members.