Lesley is the children’s director at Canyon Springs and the director of Kids Crew, our special needs ministry. She is passionate about helping teach kids about God and learning how to be in relationship with Him. Lesley and her husband, Matt started attending Canyon Springs 9 years ago after eagerly seeking a church that had powerful sermons, great music, and a variety of children’s programs for their growing family. Since starting at Canyon Springs, she has volunteered in Kids Crew, women’s ministry, small groups, and our young families ministry.
More about Lesley
I grew up in Scripps ranch if you can believe it! That’s right! I went to Jerabek and Scripps High School. My parents have always been a great example to my sister and me about how to have a healthy marriage, how to work hard, play hard, enjoy life and love the Lord! Church was a big part of my life growing up but we didn’t attend a church locally and when I got into high school my “church friends” and “school friends” were 2 very separate groups of people. I yearned to have accountability and friendships with people from my church at the school I attended. I think this was another one of the big drawing points to Canyon Springs. We love running into members of our church in the community and we are excited that our kids will go to school with so many friends from their church.
I went to college at Indiana University where I met the love of my life, Matt. Together we found a church we adored and grew stronger in our faith both individually and as a couple. I got my masters in Occupational Therapy at Rush
University in Chicago because I had a strong desire to help children with special needs. That is still my passion today and I continue work part time with children who have a wide range of disabilities including developmental delays, autism, Down syndrome, and congenital disorders, to name a few. Over the last couple of years, the Lord has been pressing upon my heart to not only help more children come to know God, but more specifically help children with special needs find a way to learn about and know Him more. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14. I am honored to be apart of the children’s ministry at Canyon Springs and I am excited to see all the ways God continues to move in these children!
Random facts and tidbits about Lesley
- Favorite food- Mexican, hands down! California burrito, anyone?!? Mmmmm
- Cats or dogs?- Dogs
- Random fact- I played field hockey in college. We even flew on the private IU jet to a game, it was awesome.
- In my free time- I chase my 3 kids around. It’s exhausting and the best gift I have ever received (Peyton-10, Lincoln- 8, Beckett- 6)
- Favorite music- country
- Best vacation ever taken- 2 weeks in Europe with just my husband. No phones, no internet, no distractions and lots of exploring. It was glorious!