I never thought church would be a part of my life. I guess we don’t know what’s in store for us. I met Lesley just after my eldest child was born in 2009. There was something about her; how supportive she was and her relaxed attitude to my thoughts on religion that made me want to know more. That was 10 years ago. Over the last 10 years I’ve been to Lesley for all sorts of support and advice and her take on things has always helped me feel heard and get myself together, ready to face the next challenge.
I knew that Lesley’s story was interesting; ordained at 23 during a time when there were very few women in ministry and when Stu Chandler’s friend described Lesley as ‘crazy, kind and liberal’, mentioned in his 5 Minutes with interview about living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a few people asked to know more about Lesley.
Interviewing Lesley was an amazing experience. No subject was out of bounds. As well as satisfying my curiosity as to how people get into ministry, we discussed everything including
Are our lives mapped out for us? Where is God in times of tragedy? What does a minister actually do?
Lesley’s take on things is refreshing and reassuring. I showed her my most recent tattoo; a part of which has a semi-colon, a link to suicide prevention awareness and Lesley told me about an American campaign by the United Churches of Christ ‘Never put a period where God has placed a comma, God is still speaking’.