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First Lady Tamara Lester

Twitter: @tamtamrich


What do you do to relax?

I really enjoy curling up and reading a good book to help me relax.


What are you reading right now?

I’m currently reading all the Baby books I can put my hands on! The current list includes: What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Baby Wise. Also, "Undaunted" by Christine Caire.


What do you appreciate most about the people of Cedar Grove Church?

I appreciate their hearts. Cedar Grove church members are some of the most genuinely loving people I have met. Everyone from the mothers to the children have all so lovingly welcomed me into the church.


What quotes have you found most meaningful in life?

I’m not really a quote person, however, if I had to pick one it would be:


"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get." – Forrest Gump


I like that line from the movie because it reminds you that you don’t know what life may bring but we should always know that God is always with us.


Why should an individual who has not been to CGC come visit?

I truly believe they will walk away refreshed and renewed. Even those who may come in with preconceived notions of what church is like will walk away with a new and fresh perspective of what a right relationship with Jesus is all about.


What music are you currently listening to on your iPod?

During the holiday season, I mostly listen to lots of different types of Christmas music. I typically listen mostly to Gospel and Contemporary Christian music either by using Pandora on my iPhone, CD’s, or on the radio.


What websites do you visit daily?

I visit Twitter, What to Expect When You’re Expecting (baby preparation website), and Bible Gateway (to get the Scripture of the day). Most of this is done using my iPhone.


Where do you hope to be spiritually in the next year?

We should all view ourselves as a work in progress. I really hope to continue my journey of learning and growing in the things of God. I want to continue to develop a deeper and more meaningful relationship with Christ and pray that God will use me for His kingdom in a special way.


Your Family

I’m married to the most amazing man on the planet- Pastor Monte. God brought us together in such an anointed and special way. He is truly my spiritual confidant, lover and life partner, and my best friend all wrapped together in one! We gave birth to our first child on January 19, 2011. We couldn’t wait to meet our new blessing. I have 2 brothers (one older and one younger) and 4 step-sisters.


Your Education

I attended Oakland High School and graduated from MTSU with a BBA in Business Management with a Human Resources emphasis.


Your Favorite Books, Movies, Places, Hobbies, and Scriptures

Favorite Book – "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers


Favorite Movie – The Color Purple (even though I can only watch it every few years because it’s such a hard movie to watch!)


Favorite Place – Disneyworld!


Favorite Hobbies – Reading books, watching movies, and having Family Game Nights


Favorite Scripture – "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)