Rev. Leslie Moughty, Pastor
Reverend Leslie Moughty (pronounced Moody) joined First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd as Pastor in February 2015. Leslie came to us from the Seattle area where she was serving as the Director of Children, Youth and Families at a local UCC church. Leslie completed her Master of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA in 2013. Leslie is a trained facilitator for all levels of the Our Whole Lives Sexuality and Our Faith curriculum and lobbied in Washington DC for comprehensive sexuality education in schools. (For more information about Our Whole Lives, click here.)
Pastor Leslie was recently selected to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a ten-year leadership development program for younger local church pastors in the United Church of Christ. For more information about this program, click here.
Leslie strives to create worship experiences that blend traditional hymns and worship styles with music from other traditions, multi-sensory experiences, and a variety styles of worship and prayer. Leslie also works toward creating a worship time that is meaningful and accessible to people of all ages including young children who may otherwise feel that church is something they have to endure rather than an experience they look forward to.
In her free time, Leslie and her husband Ken love to take their dog Blue to Gregory Park for lots of running and ball chasing. She also enjoys beading jewelry, dance, and just being in nature.