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By the time Leslie Housman joined Christ Church in 2016, she had already coached tennis for nearly a decade, served as a children’s minister for 15 years, and taught 1st grade for eight years. Litte did she know that within seven months of moving to Plano from Alabama, Fr. Paul would offer her a new ministry role; one that she had not given much consideration to in the past.
Why not? Soon after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College, Leslie enrolled in a master’s degree in early childhood education at the University of Montevallo. Already teaching but eager to sharpen her skills, she invited Dr. Constance Kamii, who studied under famed psychologist Jean Piaget, to observe her in her classroom. Leslie said, “I had a choice: I could play it safe or I could take a risk by asking a world renown expert in child development to critique me.” Dr. Kamii and Leslie would later coauthor a book titled Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget’s Theory.
By every measure, Leslie was set for a successful career as a school teacher.
But to know how Leslie became Christ Church’s Women’s Minister, you’d need look beyond her education and teaching experience—you’d have to unpack what she describes as “flunking discerning the voice of God.” Leslie explains:
"Seven months after we came to Christ Church, I found that every day while I was doing housework or running errands, I had this compelling urge to call Fr. Paul. This lasted for an entire week. Every time I felt the urge, I would think, 'Why on earth would I bother that poor man?' So I never called. At the end of the week, I received a call asking me to accept a meeting with Fr. Paul. That meeting is when he asked me to serve as Women's Minister."
Now in her second year as Women’s Minister, Leslie remains happy to have accepted Fr. Paul’s offer. She loves proclaiming the Gospel! Yet she knows her limitations. She was quick to confess that she doesn't have it all together. "I lean on the Lord and then I forget and I lean on me and then I fall and then I remember to lean all over again," she said. "That's why I get those Israelites in the wilderness so well!"
Asked how she keeps committed to her ministry, especially in times of uncertainty, she answered, “I remember who He is and what He has done in my life, and throughout history. We serve an amazing God.”
“Several years ago, the Lord really impressed upon me the HUGE difference between can and should,” she explained. “There are so very many things I can do—good things, helpful things, edifying things. But that doesn’t mean I should do them? I rely on His direction in making those choices.” Leslie says this dependence upon the Lord also helps her keep a healthly balance between her ministry and personal life with her huband Kevin and their three children.
Let us rejoice in the Lord for calling Leslie to women’s ministry at Christ Church. And may we always pray for her. That she will continue following the Lord’s direction in her life; that she never loses sight of her path to ministry.
Nate WilsonWriter & Storyteller
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