- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Leslie McAninch serves in Western Slope, CO. The area is historically rural, but has recently experienced growth and change, nearly doubling in size over the last decade and changing in demographics. Leslie welcomes the growing diversity, as it provides her with opportunity to serve various cultures.
Western Slope has been a conservative, agricultural community. However, that is changing with Mesa State College becoming a university, the growth of the oil and gas industry, and new businesses moving in, as well as, Grand Junction becoming a destination for retirement. The area’s demographics have also changed in nearly every aspect, from religious backgrounds to cultures represented, along with socioeconomics, educational attainment, and more.
The community has its share of struggles, some caused by the recent changes, while others are more deep-seated. Some of the issues include; disparity in the cost of living versus income, substance abuse, suicides among youth, homelessness, and more.
After seeing the needs in her community, Leslie began to walk alongside and help people trapped in broken patterns, to improve communication and experience healing through relationship and hope found in the Great Physician, Jesus.
Leslie works with individuals, couples, families, groups, and communities in a variety of areas to improve relationships, learn self-care and boundaries, and to help them grow and strengthen their faith with Christ.
With a background in counseling, coaching, chaplaincy, and spiritual formation, she is dedicated to walking alongside others as they journey through life transitions and heal from crises. Leslie helps others effectively create and achieve goals.
She and her husband also minister in areas of disaster relief and crisis when needed outside of her local area.
Leslie McAninch became an approved candidate with InFaith in 2019.
Leslie has an M.A. in psychology. She is a certified life coach, sabbatical coach, and also serves as a certified spiritual formation coach. Leslie has worked in counseling extensively with relational issues, grief processes, and life transitions. She loves to minister, disciple women and young adults, and teach in order to bring hope and encouragement.
For 12 years Leslie served as an outreach minister and special speaker with the parachurch organization Young Life, through which she implemented programs in five adolescent facilities. She has served as a university campus minister for 6 1/2 years, mentoring students, and providing spiritual, vocational, and life skills counseling. Leslie has served as a speaker for community awareness campaigns and church functions. She's also collaborated with and developed relationships within the Ministerial Alliance, and participates in ongoing educational activities in pastoral counseling.
She and her husband Randy together have five adult children and six grandchildren. During her time off Leslie enjoys dabbling in art, photography, traveling, and spending time in the mountains.