leah ostwald

Leah Ostwald joins HUMC for a year as part of her ministry training. She has served in leadership roles as a member of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church for the Mission, Justice, and Community work area, the Imagine No Malaria campaign, and United Methodist Women. She attended UMW 2014 National Seminar in Chicago and the Seminar on Mass Incarceration in New York City in 2015. Leah has presented workshops on mass incarceration, and maternal and infant justice, and has preached for many UMW Sunday worship services. Currently, she engages as a leader in Dupage United through the membership of Downers Grove FUMC focusing on issues of housing and mental health. 

A graduate of North Central College and University of Wisconsin, Leah’s previous professional experience was in music education. Her teaching experience includes band and orchestra at all grade-levels from Waukegan, IL to St. Louis, MO and in a wide variance of school districts. She is a now a third-year student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity. 

Currently a candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, Leah has a conviction for Jesus and justice, and an ear to the places where church and neighbors can together do all the good they can, in all the places they can, for as long as ever they can. By chance she attended a rural United Methodist Church in Momence, IL as child and youth, but by choice remains a member of the UMC committed to love of God and love of neighbor through social holiness, mercy, compassion, and justice. 

Leah lives in Lombard, IL with her spouse and daughter who all enjoy music and get-aways to western Illinois hills and the Mississippi River on either 2 or 4 wheels.

Leah may be reached via email at leah.ostwald@hinsdaleumc.com