rachel leininger

speaker / host / author

My name is Rachel Leininger. I serve as a full-time mama, speaker, and author.

When I was 14, I had an encounter with Jesus that set the course of my life: continually growing in relationship with Him and His Church. I’ve been serving in youth ministry since 2006, as a volunteer Core member for my home parish until 2017 and a professional retreat leader/chastity educator for the REAP Team of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis until 2019. I “retired” to spend more time serving our growing family and am always happy to get out of the house to help serve the Church as I’m able.

Over the years, I’ve been honored to partner with Life Teen, Steubenville Youth Conferences, Blessed is She, the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry, and dioceses and parishes around the country. I love working with youth, young adults, Core teams, parishes, and young people of all ages.

I wrote a book for your high school-aged friends called ‘The Next Step: A Catholic Teen’s Guide to Surviving High School.’ Some of my favorite things include Cardinals baseball, coffee, the virtue of chastity, and baked goods. I live in St. Louis, MO with my professional nerd husband, David, our two hilarious and adorable baby girls. You can connect with me on Twitter and Instagram at @raleininger or reach out via the contact form here.


Rachel on stage.