Lesley Smith

Global Intern Program Manager
EMI Global
Joined EMI: May 2016
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia
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Professional Training & Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Stage Management; Virginia Tech, (Blacksburg, VA) 2012
  • International Field Staff, Reliant Mission (formerly Great Commission Ministries), 2013-2016 
  • Intern Coordinator, EMI Nicaragua, 2016-2018
  • Global Intern Program Manager and HR staff, EMI Global Office, 2019 - present 

Ministry Experience

Lesley began serving as an expat missionary in Danli, Honduras in October 2013, working with a local church plant of the Great Commission Latin America network. There, she learned first hand how various kinds of social projects can bring people to the gospel, tending to physical needs while also meeting spiritual needs. She worked as the lead teacher at the local church's childrens development center, and also helped coordinate short term mission teams that visited the Danli church. 

In October 2016, Lesley moved to Managua, Nicaragua to help launch the EMI Nicaragua office, which serves other ministries in Nicaragua and throughout Central America by providing professional design and construction services. Lesley had the privilege of developing EMI Nicaragua's international and local intern programs, in addition to working part-time as assistant for the director and event coordinator. 

Lesley's passion for this in-house ministry opportunity of EMI to disciple the next generation of design professionals during some of the most formative years of their adult lives continues on. In February 2019, Lesley moved to Colorado to join the Global Office and oversee the intern program amongst EMI's eleven offices worldwide. 


Lesley has a beautiful son, Avery Lucas, who was born to her and her husband in Nicaragua during her time there. Her little dual-citizen, world traveler is now one-year-old and thriving.