The Set Apart Team
Meet the Women Behind the Resources of Set Apart Ministries
Founder & Director
Leslie has spoken to hundreds of thousands of women over the past twenty years. Her core message of complete surrender to Christ in every area of life has inspired today’s Christian women to exchange mediocrity for a thriving spiritual life that impacts others for the glory of God. Leslie is the director of Set Apart Ministries and founder of the Set Apart Magazine — which inspires women of all ages toward Christ-centered femininity. She and her husband Eric live in Colorado with their six children.
Creative Director & Writer
Annie has served in ministry with Eric and Leslie Ludy for over 17 years, starting out as “Annie the Nanny” to the Ludy children and eventually growing into her current role as Creative Director of Set Apart Ministries. She’s also the hands and heart behind the design of our quarterly Set Apart Magazine. A warm and engaging story teller, Annie has spoken at many of our annual Set Apart Conferences and delights in sharing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and enabling grace through her regular With Love Column.
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Born and raised in the beautiful state of Idaho, I got my height and sense of humor from my dad, and a love for people from my mum. Both of them modeled for me a living faith, reverence for the Word, faithfulness in prayer, and true joy in the Lord. I had a love for God from a very young age, but it was around the age of 13 when I surrendered my life to Christ and began to pursue being set apart for Him. I was homeschooled throughout high school and then attended Capernwray Bible School in England. In 2005, I moved to Colorado to serve alongside Eric and Leslie, and the years since have held adventure and joy far greater than I could have imagined. One such adventure was living in Haiti for 29 months as a foster mum to Rees and Lily Ludy during their adoption process. In 2018, our family walked through my mum’s valiant cancer battle and then witnessed her precious departure from this world into the presence of her beloved Savior. I currently live back home in Idaho, working remotely for Set Apart Ministries and treasuring this season with my dear father.
I Thessalonians 5:24, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” Many times I have faced assignments, opportunities, or seasons where I felt greatly inadequate, unqualified, weak, or afraid. But trusting the promise of the Lord’s faithfulness and provision, I have found in Him enabling grace, strength, help, courage, love, and joy. I long to always hold to this promise, looking not to my own ability or supply, but His — and in so doing, know and love Him more and point others to His goodness and glory!
Renewing holidays on the Oregon Coast, day-hikes with friends, marveling at God’s creation, long prayer walks, conversation and laughter with my Dad, making my way through a soul-shaping book, rescue or adoption stories, freshly organized spaces, sliced peaches in summer, baked apples in winter, sunlight, starry skies, new adventures, and Sunday afternoon naps.
Managing Editor & Writer
Sarah is one of the most warm-hearted people you will ever meet, and her generosity and steadfast givenness to Christ has blessed our ministry time and time again! In addition to her administrative roles with Set Apart Ministries, she passionately invests in discipling young women at Ellerslie Discipleship Training. She also happens to be a radiant newlywed! A New England girl at heart, she and her husband Nate currently enjoy living in Colorado.
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I originally hale from New England and grew up in Connecticut and Rhode Island — two states that heartily welcome beach combing, clamming, and coastal living! Growing up, I wanted to be the next Louisa May Alcott. But God gloriously intervened and reshaped my life at 15, giving me something deeper, stronger, and truer to write about — Himself. The deeply-felt theme of my late teen years was surrender, and while taking radical steps away from worldliness in order to stay true to Jesus wasn’t always easy, it infused me with heavenly strength to live set apart for Him. In 2016, a long-held desire was realized and the Lord opened the door for me to attend Ellerslie, a single step that changed the course of my life. These days I find myself investing heartily into what the Lord sets before me — sometimes this looks like wrapping words of comfort and counsel around an aching heart, passionately writing about what the Lord has been teaching me in my own walk with Him, performing administrative tasks with gusto, or crafting a nourishing meal for my husband at the close of the day. Each task — no matter how great or small — can be an offering of worship, when it is done unto Jesus.
Psalm 37. I know this is a whole chapter, but it will always and ever hold a special place in my heart because this is the passage that the Lord used to invite me to get to know Him through His Word. I fell in love with studying Scripture through studying Psalm 37! Without knowing what I was doing, I began to go deeper into the text to observe, interpret, and apply what God was speaking to my heart. In the process, I naturally committed most of this Psalm to memory and treasure verses like, “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness” (Ps. 37:3).
Oh, where to begin! Exploring a new hiking trail with my husband, the salty, steely beauty of the Atlantic Coast, creating and treasuring meaningful traditions, Sunday afternoons spent with a stirring read, cozy fall mornings and evenings, the “finer” things of life — like an evening at the theatre or soaking up the symphony, speaking truth and life into the lives of young women, enjoying the historical streets of Boston, and Americanos with cream.
Content Curator & Writer
Mandy has been working with Set Apart Ministries since 2011, and no matter what she takes on, it is done with a passion for beauty, excellence, and eternal impact. She has a gift for using beautiful imagery through her words and presenting life-shaping truth, which she shares in our Set Apart Magazine. Mandy lives in Pennsylvania where one of her greatest joys is being auntie to her darling niece and nephews!
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The rolling green hills of the Western Pennsylvania countryside were the landscape of my growing-up years. The land is lush, the insects are plentiful, the wildflowers blossom endlessly April through October, the culture is curiously southern-ish, and somehow it’s charming in its own special way. For nearly a decade I was blessed to name gorgeous Colorado my home as I served in full-time ministry — a cherished season of life that I will forever remember with deep gratitude and joy! And now, I call those old green hills home again, where loving Jesus and making Him known is my mission amid the ordinary rhythms of life in the workforce. I believe that the moments and days of our lives are laced with eternal significance, which dawns beautiful purpose and meaning in even the seemingly ordinary things. Take heart, believer, a life lived unto Jesus is one where everything is sacred.
Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Embracing and understanding this reality as my soul’s own was life-changing for me as a young woman. This newness of life and love and triumph in Jesus is the most refreshing, undeserved, and beautiful gift a soul could receive — the Gospel!
Sunny summer days, time spent soaking in nature, and a bowl of sweet, organic raspberries! Life can be so full at times; I find myself increasingly cherishing unhurried time to live a little more slowly and enjoy the special people in my life! Sometimes it looks like a morning of hooking gullible blue gills with my nephews, venturing to the lake for an afternoon of kayaking in the quiet, or gathering ’round a fire on a summer’s eve with loved ones and laughter. It’s the simple things … but I also thoroughly enjoy the special things! It’s no secret that I love the occasions to dress up, put on a spread (or go out), and celebrate from the heart this gift of life!
Contributors to Set Apart Magazine
Heather is a supportive and thoughtful friend who overflows with enthusiasm, encouragement, and hospitality! A long-time contributing writer for Set Apart Magazine, she’s also the author of Expectant, a deeply impactful and life-giving book about Christ-centered pregnancy. She and her husband Judah live in Colorado with their five lively, sweet kiddos — Jude, Jenesis, Jeneva, Javan, and Jack.
Jasmin is a delightful conversationalist who is beautifully gifted at building meaningful connections with those around her! Her candid and uplifting articles make a beautiful addition to Set Apart Magazine. She and her husband Mike live in Alberta, Canada with their two delightful boys, Declan and Charlie.
Editorial & Web Support, Guest Contributor
Grace has faithfully served in many capacities for both Ellerslie Discipleship and Set Apart Ministries. We’re blessed by her heart for excellence and beauty as she serves through editorial and administrative support! Grace has an extraordinary ability for maintaining a sense of humor and a heavenly perspective, even in the midst of great difficulty. She currently splits her time between Colorado and Belize.