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Just So You Will Know: Keeping Up with GABC

September 16, 2018

One of the unique blessings of serving on the Staff of Green Acres Baptist Church is the opportunity to build long-term relationships with so many fellow Staff members. The average tenure for our entire GABC Staff is over 11 years—for our Ministerial Staff, over 16 years. On a comparative basis, our experience is truly extraordinary. You see, on a national level, average church staff tenures typically range from 18 months to 8 years, depending on the position. Which makes it even more unusual, although we know it is inevitable, when the time comes to say goodbye to one of the members of our staff. We are doing just that this week for Linda Lesniewski, our Women’s Minister.

Although the lives of Linda and Gary Lesniewski and their family have been intertwined with the life of Green Acres Baptist Church for most of their married life, Linda’s ministry at Green Acres formally began in 1983 when she became our Nursery Coordinator. When her predecessor in Women’s Ministry was called to serve on a national level, Linda stepped into that role, and the rest is history.

Over her years of service at Green Acres, Linda has inspired and molded the Ministry of Women at Green Acres into a vibrant and vital force for Kingdom work, both in East Texas, and around the world. Whether through a Tuesday Morning Bible Study in Tyler, or worshipping with and teaching a group of women in a clandestine gathering in mainland China, Linda has provided inspiration, instruction and motivation to thousands of women through her role as our Women’s Minister.

Linda has shared her gifts, her experience and her expertise through her writing, through her teaching locally, nationally and internationally, and in her involvement through missions as her ministry has allowed her to touch the lives of women around the world.

Linda is retiring as Women’s Minister after 24 years of service at Green Acres, but her influence will no doubt continue as she shares her gifts, her heart and her experience through a whole new variety of ministry opportunities in the years to come. We are grateful that God has blessed us through the ministry of Linda Lesniewski, and for the legacy through which her ministry will continue to bear fruit for years to come.

Join us this afternoon from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in the CrossWalk Garden Area as we express our appreciation for Linda’s years of service, as we celebrate her well-deserved retirement, and as we say “Thank you, Linda, for what your years of service, leadership and friendship mean to so many.”

Ken Warren
Senior Associate Pastor