Taylor Malebranche

Discipleship Staff

tmalebranche@lightbearers.com

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Staff Member since 2018
Starkville Discipleship Staff

Getting to Know Taylor
Q: When/how did you become involved with Lightbearers?

A: When my husband, Hans, and I were fresh on the scene in Starkville, Mississippi, we heard about a leader in the community named Matt Jolley. Thanks to a great mutual friend, Hans and I were able to meet Matt for coffee and hear about the way Lightbearers was partnering with students from State. From then, we were hooked. My husband became a mentor and I supported him for the first year. The second year, I jumped into the ministry myself as a mentor. From there, the rest is history!

Q: What is your favorite book and/or quote?

A: My favorite quote is: “I aspire to have a renaissance mind, the heart of a patriot, the soul of a saint, the body of a gladiator, the influence of a leader, and a servant of Jesus Christ.” – Jay Strack

Q: What excites you about the Lightbearers vision?

A: I love Lightbearers heart for discipleship. I’ve been discipled since I was in middle school, and I’ve been able to see the impact over the years. We are made to be in community, and I’m thrilled to be a part of such a blessed community as Lightbearers.

Q: Other than Jesus, what Bible character would you want to have lunch with?

A: I would want to have lunch with Ruth. She is an imperfect yet strong woman who has been tested and been shown obedient. I would love to pick her brain about her love story not only with Boaz but her First Love, God. I would also love to be able to tell her of her lineage that came after her!

Q: Other than Bible characters, what three people, living or dead, would you want to have lunch with?

A: Aside from Bible characters, I’d want to have lunch with Taya Kyle, Kari Jobe, and Matt & Lauren Chandler (married people count as one flesh, right?!). Many people know Taya Kyle as the late Chris Kyle’s wife, but she is much more than just his bride. I’d love to sit down and get to know who she is as an individual. I admire her husband for his sacrifice for our country, no doubt it, but I would be interested to hear about the woman that stood behind him and supported Chris for all those years. Kari Jobe is my daughter, Jobi’s, namesake. I would love to be able to share that with her over a meal! As a fellow wife and mama, I’d love to hear about how she has taken a unique approach to those roles. I’m sure we could learn a few things from one another. And finally, Matt & Lauren Chandler – I have sat under Matt’s leadership at The Village Church during my time in college at TCU and he and his family have had such an impact on the way my family approaches ministry. Lauren seems to hang in the shadows as far as teaching on a stage is concerned, but that leads me to believe she has A LOT to bring to the table. And her voice sounds like an angel, so maybe she and Kari could provide a little melody for dessert!

Q: What does a fun, relaxing day look like for you?

A: A fun, relaxing day in my world would involve my family, 80-85 degree weather, sunshine, and a body of water. We’d pack a picnic and ready all the necessities the night before. My husband and I would wake up in our river-side cabin and have our quiet time on the porch (while the baby is still fast asleep, of course). We’d have time to talk about what The Lord is doing in our lives recently and then we’d hear Jobi’s sweet voice over the monitor. A beautiful breakfast would be waiting for us on the table magically and the dirty dishes would just disappear after we were finished (a girl can dream, right?). We’d suit up and haul a football, towels, inner tubes, and a picnic basket all down to the rocky river bank where we met some more of our friends and family for a day of splashing and minnow-spotting! At the end of a long day, there would be an easy-going dinner al fresco with country music dancing in the summer breeze. Everyone is tuckered out from a day of fun and retires to their cabins. Babe sleeps all through the night, Praise the Lord.