Bishop Levi Willis II Death – Family, friends and the entirety of Garden of Prayer Worship Center are devastated by the news of the death of Bishop Levi Willis of Norfolk, Virginia who passed away leaving behind his family, friends and members grieving. He died on Friday 13th January 2023. The cause of his death has not been reveled at the time this publication was made. He was a dedicated man of God that many loved to be around. He was the son of late Bishop L.E. Willis Sr., an influential
Who was Bishop L.E. Willis Sr.,?
Willis, a charismatic man who stood over 6 feet tall, was a political powerhouse in South Hampton Roads during the 1980s. He founded and shepherded the massive Norfolk church today known as Garden of Prayer, located on Church Street. In addition, he was an emeritus member of the COGIC general board, which oversaw the operations of a religious organization with over 6 million adherents. In 1974, Willis made history by being the first person of color in South Hampton Roads to own a radio station.
His distinctively resonant voice was put to use as he hosted “Crusade for Christ Hotline,” a call-in show that he used to promote his pet causes on the WOWI-FM and WPCE-AM radio stations he controlled. In the 1990s, after years of losses from theft, tax liens, debt, and regulatory breaches, his multimillion-dollar radio broadcasting company ultimately went down.
Bishop Levi Willis Sr. Career
Willis’ meteoric ascent to stardom was fueled by his success in both the economic world and the church. His North Carolina sharecropper parents brought him into the world in 1929, and the family’s humble abode was where he spent his first years. During the year 1954, Willis was ordained. From a one-room church, he saw his congregation and reputation grow. In 1984, Willis established the local chapter of the Rainbow Coalition, a political organization having ties to Jesse Jackson’s national Rainbow Coalition.
Willis’ alliance rose to prominence as the area’s most powerful black Democratic political force, and he was eventually appointed as the district’s party chairman. In 1970, at the age of 29, he became the youngest person to ever serve as head of the COGIC National Bishops’ Council. In 1982, he was chosen to lead the church’s almost 6,000 congregations as its national head.
Bishop Levi Willis II’s obituary will be released by the family
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