Pastor Leon Willis
Pastor Leon Willis is a native of Plant City, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida as an undergraduate with a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology. Eventually he went on to receive an MBA and MA in International Relations from Webster University. Pastor Willis also holds a degree in Religion from Christian Life School of Theology. While in Gainesville, Florida he received salvation and subsequently a call to the ministry and began preaching. It was during his time at Hope Aglow Empowerment Church, in Woodbridge, Virginia, while under the leadership of Apostle Levonzia Stevens Sr. his entry into the ministry was formalized. It was there that he was licensed and ordained. After having given oversight to multiple ministries and having served in various leadership capacities for 11 years, he was elevated to an assistant pastor. Shortly thereafter he was appointed Campus Pastor of the Hope Aglow Embassy Church located in Huntsville, Alabama. He has been married to Dr. Mina Willis for the past 16 years.
Dr. Mina Willis
Dr. Mina Willis is a native of the Tidewater area in Virginia. As her father was in the Navy, she was born at Portsmouth Naval Hospital and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her parents, who are naturalized citizens from the Philippines, greatly stressed the importance of education, strong work ethic, and helping others.
Dr. Willis attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After working in various biomedical research labs, she matriculated at the University of Florida. In 2001, she earned both her Master in Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees.
While living in Gainesville, Florida, she received salvation while attending the Easter Sunday service at the Rock of Gainesville (Apostle George Brantley). She served on various ministries at the church. It is also at the church where she met Pastor Leon Willis. After a 4-month engagement, they were married in 2001 and had their very first kiss at the altar on their wedding day.
In 2006, Pastor and Dr. Willis moved to the Northern Virginia area and joined Hope Aglow Empowerment Center (Apostle Levonzia Stevens Sr). Alongside her husband, she served as a leader in multiple ministries. In 2017, they were sent out to Hope Aglow Embassy Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Willis has a passion to see and help others to become and stay healthy in every area of their lives (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual). One of her favorite Scriptures is Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”