First Lady Files: Genny Moore Crenshaw Church of Christ

First Lady Files: Genny Moore Crenshaw Church of Christ

Being a pastor’s wife was something that never crossed Genny Moore’s mind—that is until her mother pointed out that she seemed well-suited for the role after noticing how dedicated Genny was to serving at Crenshaw Church of Christ where she’d attended since 1988 before her husband Tyson L. Moore became pastor in 2014. 

First Lady Files:  Miranda Lewis

First Lady Files: Miranda Lewis

Miranda Lewis and her husband of 36 years, Pastor Phillip Lewis, were members of New Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in the 1980s until they relocated back to their hometown in the Bay area in the 90s to raise their three children closer to family.

Community Colleges Launch Campaign To Educate Californians About Career Training Programs

Community Colleges Launch Campaign To Educate Californians About Career Training Programs

California Community Colleges have kicked off a new campaign to inform underserved populations about the good-paying jobs available through career education.

First Lady Files: Jasmine Morton-Robinson

First Lady Files: Jasmine Morton-Robinson

Pilgrim’s Hope Baptist Church

Jasmine Morton-Robinson has a rich ministry and musical legacy.

First Lady Files: Larleslie McDaniel

First Lady Files: Larleslie McDaniel

A Place of Worship

As a First Lady, Leslie McDaniel—wife of Pastor Sheridan McDaniel (A Place of Worship in Fullerton)—
knows her place: to be a good wife and to support the ministry God has called him to.
She’s an administrator by trade, but that doesn’t scratch the surface of what Larleslie brings to the table. From worship
leader to graphic design and coordinating conferences, he casts the vision and she makes it happen.
“My husband is my biggest motivation,” said the L.A.
native who has known him since she was 14.“We grew up together in the same church. He became a minister at 19. He started a bible study not long after being called and I was a part of that for many years.”
Despite their history, Larleslie did not know she was going to be married to her husband.
“We evolved into best friends and then into a dating relationship. It's kind of like we have been doing the same thing we’ve been doing for years. I used to go to revivals and I was the guest singer and he was the guest preacher.”
Larleslie’s biggest challenge is tempering her passion and “making sure that you are not always constantly giving
out and leaving yourself empty.”
“What’s most important to me is lifestyle, so I do a lot with my team in making sure what we sing is what we live—that worship is not only a Sunday activity. What I love about being his wife is that he is a worshiper at home.
We fast and pray together. We are excited about what the Lord is doing in Orange County.”

First Lady Files: Jennifer Payne

In the Baptist church where Jennifer Payne was raised, the pastor’s wife was never addressed as a first lady. The term wasn’t as prominent then as it is now.

Said Payne, “It’s not like she’s untouchable though at some churches, it might seem that way. But when I came to Bryant Temple, and everybody was addressing me as first lady, it really was different. I had to look over my shoulder and say are you talking to me.

“For me, I’m just Jennifer,” said the mother of four children including 7-month old twins, who has a passion for children’s and women’s ministry.


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