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Leisy Scholarship

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Must be a member or adherent of a Southern Idaho District Council or an Alaska District Council of the Assemblies of God church, show outstanding potential for pastoral ministry, have a 3.0 college GPA, and be of junior or senior class.


Willard Leisy was born in Aberdeen Idaho, on October 22, 1913, and graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1931. In 1934, he went on to college graduating from Glad Tidings Bible Institute (now Bethany Bible College) and was chosen for the Salutatorian address.

He immediately entered into the ministry first beginning the Pocatello Assembly of God church utilizing a portable tabernacle. Once the church was started, he moved the portable Tabernacle to Mackay, Idaho in 1935 to start a church there. While here, a young lady by the name of Marian came to know Christ, and 3 years later Willard married her in Arco, Idaho.
While in Arco they owned a grocery store, and in 1942 Willard was elected to serve Butte County as a State senator for the 27th legislature.

In 1945, he served as a pastor of Firth, Idaho, then Hamilton Assembly of God, Montana, serving as a presbyter in both areas. They were called to Havre, Montana which he served for six years as presbyter, and three years as the Assistant Superintendent. While in Montana he built two churches and two parsonages, also served as a member of the Northwest University Board of Directors, and chairman of the Personnel and Curriculum Committee. Sometime in those years the University presented Willard the Delta Tau Award.

He was then called to Juneau, Alaska and served 5 ½ years, and saw this church grow to over 300 members and adherents. While there he was elected as District Superintendent of the Alaska District, which he served as its Chairman while living in Alaska, and was chosen the first Honorary Presbyter in that district. He now serves on the Southern Idaho Assemblies of God Finance Committee.

He was then awarded the contract to serve as the first Alaska Prison Chaplaincy coordinator, setting up and training volunteers to serve as Chaplains, Bible class teachers and visitors for each of the 14 prisons. This he did for 10 years, retiring in 1990.
Upon hearing of the opportunity to serve the Foundation of the Assembly of God, he took the training and became a Certified Stewardship Coordinator for both Idaho and Alaska. He continues to serve in that capacity.

His office contains over 1000 books, and certificates of appreciation, from former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush; Charles Colson of Prison Fellowship; Mayor McLean for serving on the Hospital Board in Juneau; Anchorage Association of Volunteer Administration; The Nehemiah Club on building a new church in Anchorage; Inmates of Prison of Alaska; Muldoon Bible Institute, Anchorage: The Governor’s Prayer breakfast chairman of Anchorage; Chairman of the John Wesley White Crusade in Anchorage; U.S. Senator, now Governor Dirk Kempthorne, of Idaho.

Over these 54 years of ministry and service, Marian has stood with Willard as an advisor, encourager and prayer warrior, assisting him as they have served people in both Southern Idaho and Alaska.

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