Lee Mcfarland

Diversified Corporate and Faith Leadership

About Lee Mcfarland

Over the course of his career, Lee McFarland has served as an engineer, corporate executive, pastor, and educational leader. Best known as founder and former senior pastor of Radiant Church in Surprise, Arizona, he has played a key role in developing the town's educational services. The creator of Paradise Education Center, one of Arizona's leading charter public schools, Lee McFarland also originated and established Radiant Church's state-certified preschool.

Before accepting a call to the ministry, which led him to Surprise, Lee McFarland held a series of increasingly higher level positions with personal computing leader Microsoft Corporation, ultimately becoming director of worldwide operations. In this role, he leveraged the success of the Windows 95 operating system to triple the capacity of the organization. Also instrumental in developing and introducing several new pieces of hardware, he came to Microsoft following success with such other Fortune 500 technology companies as Honeywell and NCR.

Now CEO of Lee McFarland Consulting, he has helped a broad range of new churches, mega-churches, businesses, and charter schools to develop plans for growth. He offers advisory services in programming as well as strategic and financial development. To date, Mr. McFarland has shared his expertise with clients across Arizona as well as in California, Texas, Washington, and Colorado.

Becoming a Better and Stronger Hiker

Reverend Lee McFarland, former senior pastor at Radiant Church and current CEO of Lee McFarland Consulting, enjoys taking family vacations when he can. An active individual, Lee McFarland enjoys hiking when he travels. Although he generally chooses to hike in the mountains and in sunny locations, he has also enjoyed rain forest hikes in the past.

Becoming a stronger hiker is relatively simple, and it often makes the experience more enjoyable and less strenuous. First, gaining knowledge about hiking mechanics will help improve hiking skills. Hiking mechanics dictate how individuals move on different landscapes. Understanding them can lessen the impact on the legs and feet, allowing individuals to travel further. For instance, when going uphill, shortening the stride prevents the hip flexors from becoming tired, while on downhill walks, keeping the body’s center of mass over the leading foot may prevent slips.

Second, training for day hiking protects the body from damage while helping hikers push their limits. Increasing cardiovascular endurance, strengthening the leg muscles, and improving flexibility all lessen the impact that hiking has on the body. Even just walking outside briefly during lunch or to the store gets the body used to small hikes, and improves endurance gradually.

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