Leons's Bio | Rebecca's Bio
Raised in a nominally Christian home in East Cleveland, Ohio, Leon always had an abstract idea of who God was, but he lacked an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and it showed in his lifestyle. To adults he was a leader in his community, but to his peers he was a kid that was willing to do almost anything for recognition.
Though fruitless and unfulfilling, this duality remained a part of Leon’s life through high school and into his sophomore year of college at Wright State University. After his close friend became a Christian, Leon started inquiring about God and was invited to attend his friend’s church. For the first time, Leon was instructed to read the bible, pray daily, and allow the Holy Spirit to lead his daily decisions. While receiving these biblical teachings he pledged a fraternity founded on Christian principles.
God used the pledging process along with the church support to provide Leon with the strength he needed to break out of the dual roles and commit his life to serving the Lord wholeheartedly. He continued to pursue spiritual growth through his local church and became the co-founder of an on campus ministry until he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. He went on to lead a bible study and disciple students while in Graduate school at Ohio State University.
After attaining Master Degrees in Higher Education and Student Affairs and in Human Resources, Leon returned to Cleveland to teach children with severe behavioral needs. During this time God provided opportunities to renew family relationships and to reunite Leon with Rebecca, a high school friend who later became his wife.
With a variety of professional options, Leon realized that he would find no greater pleasure than serving the Lord in full time ministry. After much research, the Lord led him to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he was able to obtain a Master of Divinity Degree. Rebecca also obtained a Master of Arts in Religion Degree at Gordon-Conwell during their time at the seminary. God has richly blessed their family, as they, along with the entire leadership team, live in the community in which they serve. And as Leon serves as the Executive pastor, both he and Rebecca desire to use the gifts of teaching, discipleship, and evangelism to further the purposes of Christ. They hope to see Detroit transformed both spiritually and physically.