Rev. Leslie Lang comes to Fourth from her position as the Assistant Director for the Mere Christianity Forum at Furman University, where she has served for two years.
Originally from Hendersonville, TN, Leslie received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2009 from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. After graduation, she moved to Nashville to spend a year as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) doing a year of service at Room in the Inn and living in intentional Christian community. After spending another year as a full-time staff member there, she went on to Vanderbilt Divinity School and received her Masters of Divinity in 2015. Leslie is ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and her work with the Mere Christianity Forum was a validated ministry of Foothills Presbytery.
During her six years at Room in the Inn in Nashville, Leslie worked with people who are experiencing homelessness and became passionate about issues of poverty, housing, and homelessness.
While pursuing her Masters of Divinity, the field education program offered opportunities for year-long internships at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Nashville and at Cumberland Heights Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center, as well as experience in hospital chaplaincy at St. Thomas, Vanderbilt, and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospitals.
While on staff with the Mere Christianity Forum, Leslie has served the intentional Christian community living at the Vista House, about a mile from Furman. She also has coordinated the Servant Scholars program through which Furman students living at Vista House intern at poverty-alleviating organizations in the upcountry of South Carolina.
In her free time, you can usually find her hanging out in a coffee shop, cooking, reading, or attempting to improve her Zumba moves.