Yvette Leonard

Ministry Today commends a different group of kingdom-minded people or organizations each year in our MT21 issue. In 2014, when we launched MT21, we honored churches and ministries that were influencing the 21st-century church.

In 2015, we highlighted 21 congregations that were "culturally diverse on purpose." This year, however, we're taking a different approach and naming 21 businesses whose leaders are a witness for Christ in some way through their professional platforms. From cupcake makers to insurance agency owners to roofers, we have covered a wide range of businesses in this year's MT21 feature.

Today, we are highlighting Leonard Law Office leonardlaw.info

Yvette Leonard sat for the bar exam just after turning 50, despite knowing since before first grade that she wanted to be a lawyer after sneaking out of bed to watch Perry Mason.

Leonard was focused on going to law school, but just before taking the admission test, she gave her life to Jesus—and that changed everything.

"I knew the love of God, I knew I was to marry David, and I knew I had to put law school on the altar," she said.

She married David Leonard, had a family, and didn't think about law school for many years. But God moved in her heart, and she followed her dream, going to law school and opening Leonard Law in Raymore, Missouri, where she practices civil law with a focus on personal injury.

Leonard has prayed with her clients and colleagues, and has come to realize she may be the closest thing to justice that some people ever get.

"I don't think I could do true justice without God," she says. "I could win a case and get 'justice,' but without God, it wouldn't be tempered with mercy or righteousness. The world's idea of justice isn't God's."

For Leonard, the title "counselor at law" holds true. She finds herself in the role of both mother and lawyer, helping clients get to the real root of the issues in their lives.

"They come to me wanting justice, but they really want peace." —Ann Byle

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