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Leah Lonsbury is a baker and a minister. She hails from Kansas City and is on her second go-round in Georgia, this time with her beloved and two big kids. Lonsbury loves learning about people and their stories, crafting and experiencing words that move and influence, and cultivating shared tables. Oakhurst Baptist Church teaches and calls Lonsbury to seek love and justice in the world, and her extended family of faith, the Alliance of Baptists, provides a network of connectivity, inspiration, and wise and hilarious company for the journey. She has worked in education, ministry, and writing for church leadership and nonprofit organizations. Lonsbury currently runs Just Bakery of Atlanta, a nonprofit bakery that trains, certifies, and hires refugees at a living wage in the metro area. This organization aims to address significant gaps in continuing education and professional credentialing in the resettlement process. This partnership supports the refugee neighbors' long-term economic security and builds a diverse community of understanding and support. Trainee bakers from Syria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal currently work with Just Bakery of Atlanta to produce locally and sustainably sourced baked goods for sales that support nonprofit efforts.

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