Tony Ledet, our Student Minister, was born and raised in south Louisiana in a small town called Pointe-Aux-Chenes and now lives in Thibodaux, LA. He has been married to Lauren for 9 years and together they have four beautiful children: Abram (9), Ephraim (7), Adelaide (5), and Chaim (3).
Tony has experienced many trials in his childhood and teenage years. He was raised by his mother and step-father until they divorced when he was 8. It was at that point in time that he was told that his step-father wasn’t his biological father and yet, because of some bad choices his mother was making, Tony’s step-father continued to raise him. Looking back in his life, Tony calls that conversation one of most emotional, yet rewarding memories. It was because of his step-father’s choice to continue to raise him that he began to understand of the great love God has for His children that, although we were enemies of Him (Rom 5:10), He chose to make us sons and daughters.
At the age of 12, Tony moved in with his mother and after many questions, was introduced to his biological father. After several visits, Tony chose to move in with his biological father and his family.
Just one year later at the age of 13, Tony was awakened in the middle of the night to the news that his mother was in the hospital and was probably not going to make it. She had died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. This left Tony, the biggest momma’s boy you’d ever meet, devastated. He constantly questioned God’s motive to take his mother.
Tony, then, began to get into trouble with some of his friends. Serious trouble. Although he had for several years been involved in a local church, it was finally at this point that Tony began to truly seek out for God.
Tony surrendered his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 15. It was at this time that God called him into youth ministry. God began to help him understand that He would take all the brokenness of Tony’ s life and use it for His own glory. Many teenagers would deal with some of these same issues and God, by His grace, would use Tony to comfort and encourage them.
The love and zeal for Jesus began to fade as he grew older and soon attending church became simply routine. It wasn’t until after he was married that he would completely surrender his life to Jesus.
At 21, he and his wife attended a special event where the preacher explained the parable of the wheat and the weeds in Matthew 13. It was at this moment that both he and his wife realized that their love for Christ was shallow at best.