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Washington Initiative for Leaders (WIL) believes that communities can be transformed by strengthening leaders.


Modeled after the highly acclaimed Devos Urban Leadership Initiative, WIL, in partnership with GR Initiative for Leaders, seeks to develop leaders who will actively engage in the community, while at the same time advancing the Kingdom of God. Leveraging principles from leadership experts like Stephen Covey, John Maxwell, Ken Blanchard, John McKnight, Gordon MacDonald, and John Perkins, the nine month leadership training centers on six core values: Accountability, Balance, Interdependence, Empowerment, Leverage, and Diversity.

WIL accepts Christ’s challenge of teaching others what they have learned from DVULI utilizing GR Initiative for Leaders to offer the Adult Breakthrough and Emerge Leadership Program. The Breakthrough  Leadership Program is a faith-based leadership program for those who desire to grow as healthy sustainable leaders for long-term community impact with youth and families. The program meets one day each month for nine months.

WIL’s Steering Committee

  • Louis Guiden Jr., Regional Coordinator
  • Chris Millheisler, President/Co-Treasurer
  • John Prince, Vice President
  • Clarence Presley, Church & Missional Advisor
  • Selena Taylor, Cohort Coach
  • Won Choi, Secretary
  • John Nalls, Co-Treasurer
  • John Leapai, Trainer
  • Doug Jonson, Grant Writer/Trainer



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