Lesley Francisco McClendon, DMin

Adjunct Faculty

Doctor of Ministry in Leadership, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2020
Master of Divinity in Interdisciplinary Studies, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2014
Bachelor of Arts in Practical Theology, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, 2010

Lesley Francisco McClendon, DMin, is the senior pastor of C3 Hampton, a Mennonite Church USA congregation in Hampton, Virginia. In addition to pastoring, she serves as an instructor for Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina.

Lesley teaches with vigor and passion and aims to deliver powerful, life-altering messages with her simple, easy-to-comprehend delivery. She has a passion for bridging generational gaps and connecting to a broad range of audiences. Lesley loves helping leaders cut through the noise of their own self-doubt, find their most authentic voice and live with confidence. She was part of a consultation hosted by AMBS in July 2021 that helped shape development of the AMBS Doctor of Ministry program and other leadership initiatives, and she has served as a mentoring pastor for AMBS’s !Explore program. 

Witty, spontaneous, comedic, and ever-evolving, Dr. Lesley seeks to be both rooted and relevant — staying on the cutting edge while remaining true to and standing firm upon the solid foundation of the Christian faith. She is married to Caleb McClendon, and they are the proud parents of one son. 


Sustained: Exploring Pastoral Leadership Transitions in Light of Old Testament Succession Narratives (ProQuest)

#Tiptalk: A 30 Day Guide to Reprioritizing Your Life (Lesley McClendon International, September 2015)

Born in the Church but not Born Again: Escaping the Religious Matrix (St. Paul Press, 2014)