and his wife, Tanya, live in Texarkana, Arkansas with their three children. Leon was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduating from Africa School of Missions, he moved to the United States in 1997. Leon has served in ministry at many churches in both South Africa and the United States. He became interim pastor at this location in 2017. Out of those ashes Rise Church was born!
Tanya was born in Indonesia, to an Austrian mother and a West Texas father. She graduated from University of Tulsa where she studied International Business and German. She is currently Operations Manager with an Ameriprise financial planning practice.