Leslie Carmichael

Public Relations/Minister to Children

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Leslie joined the staff of West Hills in February 2015 and has been a member of the church since 2000. Leslie started following Jesus as a junior in high school after realizing that peace and joy could only be fulfilled by having a personal relationship with Christ Jesus and not in the things of this world.

After graduating from San Jose State University, she began a career in high-tech marketing. Her responsibilities in building partnerships with companies led her to travel the globe in effort of launching products and training. Although exciting, after marrying her high school sweetheart and having their first child, she no longer desired the long excursions away from home. She took time to be a stay-at home mom, while going back to obtain her credential to teach in Christian education.  She began teaching second grade when her three children were old enough to attend the private school in which she taught. She later obtained her credential in Christian Administration and became the Principal of Junior High and worked to open a new private high school.  At this point, The Lord began to create a desire in her heart to take a different role at West Hills. Leslie’s experiences in marketing and education would be utilized in introducing the community to Christ by means of engaging with larger community events offered through Chamber and Rotary.  In addition, she would work in the development of children’s ministry programs that would help children obtain spiritual transformation toward Christ.  Leslie is passionate about living out 1John 3:18 that states, “let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”  It is her desire to develop relationships and show Christ’s love to the community as a means of discipleship.

Leslie has been married to Eddie for 18 years and has three children ages 16, 14, and 10.  She lives in Gilroy and is an active member of the Gilroy Planning Advisory Committee and is an advocate for breast cancer awareness. If not at West Hills, you can find her on the baseball fields for Little League, Christopher High sporting events or many of the local community events.

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