The King’s College is pleased to welcome Joey and Kylie Willis as Christian formation coordinators. In this new role, the husband and wife team will partner with the staff and faculty of the College to equip students in Christian formation, particularly in the areas of Christian discipline, service, and character formation.
“We will be supporting and providing resources to the entire student body to encourage growth and empower them in their relationship with the Lord,” Kylie says. Joey adds, “You’ll see us at sporting events and hanging out on campus, planting ourselves in the community to be a sounding board, support system, and source of encouragement for all students.” To increase their capacity, the Willises will work alongside student government (The King’s Cabinet) and House executive teams. Additionally, they serve as staff advisors to the House of Corrie ten Boom.
Originally from Midland, Texas, Joey has over 10 years of experience in youth ministry, cross-cultural missions, and leadership development. He has worked at First Presbyterian Church (Midland), Adventures in Missions, and Lower Manhattan Community Church, where he has mentored several King’s students who attend his small group. He serves as a leadership development coach with CrownQuest, equipping non-profit organizations and missionaries. Joey has published a novel, The Mountains, and continues to write fiction and non-fiction to challenge followers of Jesus Christ around the globe. Joey says,
My hope is that we can help students learn how to live well, not just to be a good student, but a healthy person. We hope they will grow by taking ownership of their choices, stewarding their influence, and understanding the unique beauty of who God made them to be. Our hope is that the expectations of this institution will bring out the truest version of our students so that they will not only be productive professionals, but wise and honest people, involved in healthy relationships, leading effectively, and with a deep sense of intimacy with God.
A native Canadian, Kylie attended college for business management. In 2013, she left the business world to serve in international missions, where she met Joey. Kylie has worked with Adventures in Missions and The Bowery Mission. She is also a leadership development trainer with CrownQuest. She and Joey are avid travelers and make their home in Brooklyn. Kylie says, “More than anything, we hope for ownership: that people would come hungry for the more that Christ promises, and would be empowered to own the truth of the Gospel and walk that out in their daily lives.”
“I am thrilled to have Joey and Kylie Willis join our team,” says David Leedy, dean of students. “They are both tremendous individuals who are passionate about developing and equipping students. They come to us with years of experience in Christian formation and leadership training. I am confident that the King’s student body will benefit in huge ways from having them in our midst.”