When I was a teenager, I was convinced I was going to be the next Oprah–I wrote for and then became editor-in-chief of my school newspaper. I was voted “Most Likely to Have Her Own Talk Show” in high school. I had my college picked out and thought I had it all figured out…until God called me to youth ministry.

I graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2012 with a BS in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Youth and a minor in Theology. I have over 5 years of experience in youth ministry. In addition to working with youth in churched settings, I have experience in residential group homes with at-risk youth. Currently I serve as an Associate Director of Youth Ministry for Middle School at a fantastic church in Indianapolis.

I began blogging when I got my first director position at the tender age of 20. Now I get to combine my passion for writing with my passion for ministry. Other facts about me: I’m an amateur social advocate, but learning. I’m a huge St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. I love coffee, red wine, and Vanilla Coke. My little sister is my best friend. People define me as transparent, hilarious, and very self-confident (but it took me a while to get there).

I blog about youth ministry, life as a Millennial in the Christian church, and about lessons I’m learning as a lover of Christ.

I blog because I believe that everyone has a voice. I blog because there aren’t many women in the church who have time for it. I blog because I receive messages from people who tell me to do it, even when I’m discouraged and feel I have no voice. I blog because some of those messages are from women who ask me to live life with them. I blog because my favorite messages are from young girls struggling with their calling to ministry, who are inspired because I’m the first female they know to “just do it.” I blog because I like the outlet. And most importantly, I blog because it’s just another way that I get to be in community with others.

So, participate in life with me. Let’s learn lessons together.

Sometimes I cannot orate what I mean automatically; I need time to sort through things. Blogging is my way of doing so. Remember that even though I do youth ministry, what I post on my blog is not necessarily the views of the congregation or my denomination (just a small disclaimer!)

Thanks for reading!

:) Heather

8 thoughts on “About Heather

  1. journeyofjoy says:

    LOVE, love your “bio” ! I feel like I know you. You remind me of me when I was 23 :) So glad I stumbled upon your page. Proud of what God is doing in your life. I’ll definitely be back!

      1. journeyofjoy says:

        Please do, because it was! Your passion for God and love for young people is absolutely contagious/beautiful. God’s best and thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Claudia says:

    Heather, I’ve just found your blog while browsing the web looking for great women who can inspire me on my new journey, since I am now guiding a group of girls in my church. Let me tell you that you are really inspiring! Thank you for sending out God’s words through your blog, May God bless you, and thank you for inspiring me and reminding me that we are not too young to take this charge. Greetings from Mexico! -Claudia

    1. Heather Lea Campbell says:

      Hi Claudia! Thanks for the kind words. God has really given me a passion, and I’m glad that I can help others. Let me know if you need anything! I might be able to direct you to some resources or others who know wayyyyy more than I do! Blessings to Mexico! :)

  3. Ruben says:

    First of all, thank you.
    Thank you for investing in youth through youth-ministers, by blogging about your experiences on Heather Lea Campbell.

    Please know how incredible this is. And be encouraged to keep going.

    I hope and pray that even more youth-pastors will be inspired, find solutions to their struggles, will be encouraged not to stop serving, and be inspired to grow their gifts.

    We recognize that these are incredible times to live in, where technology allows youth-pastors around the world to encourage each other. As for ourselves, we use technology to reach out to youth globally as well.

    For the past five years, we’ve been developing the world’s first videogame that takes kids through the Bible from beginning to end. Our hope is to increase the love for God’s Word amongst kids.

    We dream to see kids go through the Bible together, having fun as they become part of David’s army, spend time in the fish as Jonah, and play level after level, leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

    In order to steward this immense project well, we’re building relationships with youths pastors like you. We like to ask your input by allowing you to look behind the scenes, have your kids/families play demo game levels before they go public, etc. You may also recommend a few people you think would be of interest.

    Additionally, we can provide you with plenty of interesting “blog-food” (concept art, images, etc) if you feel that this could benefit your subscribers.

    If you’d like more information, shoot me a quick reply to the email address below.

    Ruben
    Reply to: connect (at) tornadotwins (dot) com

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