Single until age 43, Punky Leonard Tolson pursued love and true satisfaction through many avenues, including a career in the entertainment industry (featured in the movie, ‘Something to Talk About’ with Julia Roberts). But it was through personal trials, wrong choices, and heartbreaks that she finally found the love of Jesus Christ and grew into a personal, intimate and loving relationship with Him, which ultimately transformed her life. Because of this, Punky’s greatest desire is to help others know Jesus, to love God’s Word, and to daily live out His truth in their lives.
In 2009, Punky received the diagnosis of breast cancer. In the year that followed she underwent several surgeries, a double mastectomy, and chemotherapy. Punky holds that season of her life as one of the most precious, and encourages other women facing struggles of any kind to hold steadfast to God, where they will find a faithful source of encouragement, healing and promise.
Punky speaks locally and nationally at women’s conferences and events sharing her story of marrying later in life and being a breast cancer survivor. She is the founder of Women at the Well, an interdenominational Bible Study in Dallas, Texas, and a contributing writer for God Crazy Freedom.
In 2003, Punky and her husband, John, began a new discipleship ministry designed to equip men and women to become and mentor disciples of Jesus Christ. Punky and her husband, Dr. John Tolson, were married in 2001 and are true partners in the Gospel.
Their life’s mission is to serve the Lord by making disciples for Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19–20). Punky has been blessed with a beautiful and godly stepdaughter, Christin, son-in-law, Joe, three precious granddaughters, and a wonderful stepson, Luke.