Lesley Smith

HR Manager, Early Career Programmes
EMI Global
Joined EMI: May 2016
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Professional Training & Experience

  • Bachelor of Arts; Virginia Tech
  • International Field Staff, Reliant Mission (formerly Great Commission Ministries), 2013-2016 
  • Intern Coordinator & Event Coordinator, EMI Nicaragua, 2016-2018
  • HR Manager, Early Career Programmes, EMI Global Office, 2019 - present 

Ministry Experience

Lesley began serving as an expat missionary in Danli, Honduras in 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 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 intern programme for both international and local intern participants (including hosting orientation in two languages!), in addition to working part-time as an assistant for the office 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, USA to join the Global Office and oversee the intern programme amongst EMI's twelve offices worldwide. In addition, Lesley now also manages the EMI fellowship programme, facilitates the worldwide tenure recongition programme, and helps coordinate events for the Global office. 


Lesley has a beautiful son, Avery Lucas, who is now four years old and thriving.