Born and raised in South Africa by Christian parents, Leon moved to the United States to attend graduate school. Upon, graduating with my doctoral degree, he entered educational ministry at Bethel University, serving students in the office of student development and then teaching in the department of social work. He became the University’s first chief diversity officer and joined the president’s cabinet as the first person of color in the administrative leadership.
Leon is now President and CEO of Global Horizons Inc, a worldwide missions-serving entity. He is an ordained minister and serves with his wife at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, the only African American United Methodist congregation in Minnesota. He leads worship, preaches and serves communion on a regular basis.
Leon is a key advocate for Christian social justice and racial reconciliation in the Twin Cities. His experiences under the oppressive Apartheid System of racial segregation in South Africa has informed and motivated his desire to see the church address past and present injustices and serve as the true body of Christ in love where all people, irrespective of racial, ethnic, gender and other backgrounds can know the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
Leon has also taught education and diversity courses in various higher education institutions.
Personal Mission Statement
Justice and right relationships with God and all his creation. Walking humbly with my God.
- Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Multicultural Education
- Critical pedagogy
- Strategic Diversity in Higher Education Antiracism Education
- Biblical Approaches to Racial Reconciliation
- Christianity and Culture
Developing Critical Multicultural Educators – A Freirean Approach (Critical Pedagogy)
Recognition, Honors, Awards
- Shannon Fellows Program, 2006
- Umoja Award (Multicultural Student Development) Bethel University, 2011
- Served as international member of the Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust, 2006-2010
- Minnesota Department of Human Rights recognition for This is My Home curriculum (TPT), 2003