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Todd Bledsoe

Elder

Why be an elder at Southland?
I realized a few years ago I’d spend my life serving two brides, the church and my wife. I’m blown away how God has moved through Southland the last few years and it’s humbling to be part of its leadership.
When and how did you first come to Southland?
I came to Southland in January 2002 after most everything crashed in my life. I’d achieved a lot of success by the standards of this world, but hadn’t focused on the most important relationship in my life.
What’s your daily routine like of connecting with God?
I typically read and pray in the morning over my chai tea. I also listen to a lot of music and love how God reveals himself through that during the day. We end the day with prayer time with our kids.
What’s your favorite area to serve in at Southland?
Anything outside the church walls that connects people to Jesus for the first time.
What’s your life group or Biblical community like?
We’re blessed with a half-dozen or so couples. We met when most of us were dating and we’re all married with kids now. I’m also part of a men’s breakfast group with peers and some older/wiser men.
What’s your wife’s name and kids’ names/ages (include grandkids) and how long have you been married?
Amanda and I have been married ten years this New Year’s Eve. Our son, Mays, is 7 and our daughter, Annabeth, is 4--going on 24.
What do you do for a living?
I work for a biotech company focused on human health.
What do you do for fun?
I’m a dad of two little kids--every day is a reality comedy show.
What’s one book that has impacted you?
The Hole in Our Gospel
What’s something God’s been teaching you lately?
I’m passionate about responsible fatherhood and He reminds me that He is the father to the fatherless--and the responsibility we have to care for orphans and widows.