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LeDayne McLeese Polaski

Executive Director


A native of Greenville, South Carolina, LeDayne is a life-long Carolinian (having lived in Greenville, Durham, Rock Hill and now Charlotte). She is a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, and it was there that her commitment to issues of peace and justice began. She received a seminary degree in 1993 from the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and was ordained there in Durham at Watts Street Baptist Church.

After serving for five and a half years as the Minister of Youth at Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, LeDayne came to the BPFNA in July of 1998. She has served in a variety of roles and in September of 2006, became the BPFNA's Program Coordinator. In 2015, LeDayne became BPFNA's Executive Director.

LeDayne is married to Tom Polaski, a professor of mathematics at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. They are active members of Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte.

LeDayne enjoys hanging out with family and friends, doing the daily crossword puzzle, reading, visiting wineries, and hiking. 


LeDayne has a B.A. in psychology from Furman University and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

Major Areas of Interest

For obvious reasons, LeDayne has a strong interest in equality and opportunity for women in ministry. She also has a passionate concern for the full acceptance and inclusion of lesbian and gay people in church and society. She is committed to the local church and excited about the ways that churches can and do work for peace grounded in justice.

Please call or email her to inquire about speaking or preaching engagements. Contact LeDayne for more details and information.

Email LeDayne from our contact page.

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