Lea Bennett

Finance Associate

Life Story

I grew up going to church but never really had a relationship with Christ. Church seemed to be a lot of people dressing up and not having any problems, as well as a checklist of moral behaviors. Towards the end of college, a time of much brokenness, I became a Christ follower but did not understand at the time that I had not completely surrendered my life to Him.

After college I moved from Wichita Falls to Houston, where I met my husband, Philip. We married in January 1995 and moved to the DFW area in 1996. During this time, neither of us led a life sold out to the gospel. We were not regularly going to church and were not involved in biblical community.

In 2000, we began visiting Highland Village First Baptist Church (aka The Village Church). Shortly thereafter, the pastor left, and there was no pastor for a season. After Matt Chandler became the pastor, the Lord began to speak to me, but I was still hard of hearing. In 2005, the Lord gave me ears to hear. I found myself separated from my husband and on the brink of divorce. I was devastated and angry and caught up in blaming my husband for everything.

Graciously, the Lord did not leave me there. He first reconciled me to Christ, began to show me what a relationship with Him looked like, and revealed how a gospel-centered life should look. Through Christ I was able to start seeing where my own heart and issues were before the Lord. He placed me in the center of biblical community and a church that was willing to walk alongside me during this difficult season.

In His great mercy, the Lord blessed me and my husband with repentant hearts, and He restored our marriage. Philip and I now lead the marriage reconciliation group at The Village. We are happy to serve and give back in this area as the Lord so graciously gave to us. We are also the parents of two boys.

Hope for The Village Church

I hope for hearts and lives to be transformed through the gospel of Christ and that we would honor God.