Leslie first became truly engaged in youth ministry while attending Auburn University to study Sociology. She worked as Youth Minister at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for four years. Prior to her experience at Holy Trinity, Leslie had been a camp counselor at Camp Beckwith and a volunteer for Young Life. After leaving Holy Trinity, Leslie followed a call to Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville where she served as the Youth Ministry Coordinator. Leslie was first introduced to Ministry Architects while serving at the Cathedral. After serving at the Cathedral, Leslie served on the Diocesan youth ministry staff for the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama. In that role, she coordinated youth events, supported full-time and volunteer youth ministry in and around the Diocese, and coordinated the Episcopal non-profit, Sawyerville Day Camp, a free summer program that is staffed by high school and college age volunteers and offered for free in one of the most impoverished counties in Alabama. Under her leadership, the camp tripled in size–both in attendance and volunteer numbers but also in regards to the budget. Leslie spent a lot of her time not only coordinating and overseeing this free summer program but also fund raising and garnering awareness and support. Recently the camp expanded and added a free academic program for rising 5th and 6th graders, an incredibly successful summer learning program that is already gaining recognition all over the Southeast because of its deep impact and quick results. Currently Leslie is focusing more time at home and on her family with the recent addition of her second daughter. She can also be found serving as a coach for the Center for Youth Ministry training or working for Ministry Architects, something she has enjoyed doing since 2008. Leslie is married to the Rev. Bentley Manning, an Episcopal priest, and together they have two young daughters, Mary Bentley and Alice.