Leslie was born in California but has lived all over the United States. Despite many moves in her early years, she eventually settled in Medford Oregon where she lived for over two decades. She returned to her Cali roots in 2018 when she became the Children’s Ministry Director here at East Valley Church.
Leslie has over 15 years of experience working in youth and children’s ministry. Before joining the team at EVC, her primary focus was first as a junior high youth leader through her local church. After roughly 10 years of serving in that capacity, she was called into serving at-risk youth as the Girls Program Director for a Christian camping organization called Wilderness Trails. Through her time at WT she found joy in inspiring others to hope in Christ despite circumstances that may have left them with little or no hope for the future. It was also at WT that she saw over and over again, how Christ only needs one moment to change a heart and save a life with His redemptive, atoning power. With these experiences in mind, it is her goal as the Children’s Ministry Director to set an atmosphere for those moments, as our little ones at EVC learn God’s Word, grow in grace and become disciples of Christ themselves.
In addition to these things, Leslie is a graduate of Texas Bible Institute and Colorado Christian University. She has a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management in Christian Leadership. She is also a certified Wilderness First Responder through NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute and loves the great outdoors. Her hobbies include photography, archery, hiking, cooking, DIY pintrest projects, and playing board games or watching movies with friends and family. She also has a huge heart for people and all things hospitality related. Her favorite way to spend her free time is with the ones she loves doing just about anything that involves laughter and making memories.