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Leslie Galema
Orange Products Specialist

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What is your ministry background?
I grew up in a rural church in Eastern Kentucky. I began serving in children’s ministry as soon as I was in middle school! After college, I was a Children’s Pastor for a church plant in Indianapolis for 6 years. Later, I moved to a Ministry Assistant position for a Children’s ministry in a large church. In the last 5 years I have served as a Small Group Leader for almost every PHASE and stage! I have lead middle schoolers, 3rd graders, preschoolers, and now I am the lead storyteller for our Elementary aged students at my church in Indianapolis! I started THINKING ORANGE in 2006 and have never turned back! I have worked for Orange since 2015.


What is your favorite part of being an Orange Specialist?
I love creating strategy that uniquely fits a church’s culture! It’s the highest honor to cheer for leaders and support them in such a way that they feel like they can effectively lead their teams to connect with the parents at their churches to make a greater impact on the next generation!


What are your 3 must read ministry books?
Soul School by Jeanne Stevens, Think Orange by Reggie Joiner, Visioneering by Andy Stanley


What are your top 3 pet peeves?
People who drive slow in the fast lane, shading your eyebrows too dark (it’s meant to enhance your brow-it’s NOT a sharpie, people!), wearing sunglasses indoors.


Do you have any skills that most people don’t know about?
I went to beauty school and did NOT drop out! I am a licensed cosmetologist in the state of Indiana.


If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be?
Hollywood. I would be the biggest tourist geek there is! I want to see all the celebrities! All of them.


Flashback to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I wanted to write “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” on cakes at Kroger.


How do you want people to remember you?
I want to be remembered as someone who didn’t take herself to seriously, who laughed a lot-mostly at herself, who served others and God faithfully until the very end.


Name three words that you describe you.
Funny, Creative, Dreamer


What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
Reggie always says that: “Inheritance is what you leave for your kids and legacy is what you leave in them.” There is a song by Nichole Nordeman called “Legacy” that I have TRIED to pattern my life after. The chorus goes:

“I want to leave a legacy,
How will they remember me?
Did I choose to love?
Did I point to you enough?
To make a mark on things
I want to leave an offering
A child of mercy and grace
Who blessed your name unapologetically
And leave that kind of legacy.”

So yeah.. Something like that.


What’s a goal you have for yourself that you want to accomplish in the next year?
It’s easy to think about how we are getting older every year… but I want to change how I see that! I want to say that I am getting newer everyday. Help me, Lord, always open my hands and trust your plan over my need to control. Amen.


Name a few of your daily habits (other than a shower and brushing your teeth).
Walking my dog, Miller


What do you do with friends in your spare time?
We love to get together at someone’s house and laugh- a lot!


What would be your personal motto?
Eat dessert first.


If you had $100 and the day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d buy a coffee at the Starbucks INSIDE Target, then slowly pour over every aisle. I would look at towels. shower curtains, make up, home decor, rugs, and smell all of the scented candles. I would look at all the books and look at all the baby clothes that seem to keep getting cuter every single year. I would try on shoes and consider every purse and ear rings. Then I would finally make my way to the clothing section and pick out 2 or 3 shirts and make my way to check out. THE PERFECT DAY!