Brenda Clesi, Ministry Assistant
I did not have the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. However, I was raised in a stable, loving environment and was able to attend the local Baptist church through the bus ministry. At the age of 14 I accepted Christ as my Savior and followed through with believer’s baptism. After I married my high school sweetheart in 1987, I found myself pulling away from God. Nine years later I found myself alone and single with two small children. I called out to God asking what do I do now. I knew I had to find a church home for my family. I visited several local churches, but in the end, I was led back to the church I attended as a child. I began to heal and could help my children heal. On May 19, 1996, I rededicated my life to Christ and for the first time in years I felt as if I was not alone. Shortly after I rededicated my life I meant a wonderful man of God, we dated and married in August of 1996. We started teaching Sunday School and become very involved with the Children’s Ministry program. We spent the next 19 years raising our children to love and honor God. I have one grandson, Remington, who is six years old. He is the peach in our cobbler. Our desire for him is to come to know Christ as his Lord and Savior.
After 19 years at our church, God was calling us to make a change. Around this time we were invited by some friends to visit their church. After visiting my husband and I knew we were where the Lord wanted us to be. We began working with the Children’s Ministry and in August of 2016 I surrender to the call of Ministry. My husband and I began to pray for clear directions for our future.
Because of an Internship for a Business class I was taking, I reached out to Pastor Dan and he agreed to let me do my internship under his supervision at the church. Once my internship ended, I was invited to join the staff on a part-time basis. For those of you who know how ministry works, there is no such thing as part-time ministry! In January of 2017, I enrolled at New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary and started working towards a Certificate in Basic and Advance Children’s Ministry. I plan to graduate first from NOBTS in December 2017 and from Delgado Community College in May of 2018. I look forward to what God has planned for my family and I.
My passion has always been to work with parents and families to further the Kingdom of God by ministering to children. I hope to lay a foundation on which the children can grow in their love and commitment to Christ.