Chapel - Rev. Leonce Crump, II
- 11:00 AM
Centennial Chapel; ONU Campus, Bourbonnais, Ill
Originally from Louisiana and raised Catholic, Leonce began following Jesus at age 16. Always an athlete and a talker, Leonce outran his first mall security guard (and pregnant mother) at age three, and spent most of his grade school years talking with his principals on the subject of public speaking during class. He has been in ordained ministry for nine years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds Masters degrees in Criminal Justice, with a focus on Case Law (University of Tennessee), Missional Leadership (Resurgence Theological Training Center), and is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary.
At Oklahoma he was an All-American wrestler and played defensive end on the Sooner football team. After college he competed to make the world team in wrestling, played professional football for the New Orleans Saints and coached collegiate wrestling. He experienced an extended time of rebellion and running from God during college, but after 22 months of living as though he were not a Christian, he surrendered to Jesus and ultimately to God's calling into ministry.
Leonce pastored in three other churches prior, starting and leading three college and young adult ministries. In 2006, he felt called to plant a church and through prayerful seeking of direction settled on the under-served area of downtown Atlanta. In early 2008, he and his wife and moved to Atlanta from Tennessee to begin the process of planting Renovation Church. In 2009, Leonce was assessed and approved as a member of the Acts 29 church planting network, and began a partnership with Perimeter Church in Atlanta in their commitment to local church planting.
A prodigious reader and engaging speaker, Leonce regularly speaks and preaches across the country at conferences and churches of all denominations. Leonce enjoys boxing, MMA, studying theology, history, leadership, church structure and poetry. He likes soul music like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and Jimi Hendrix (the blues albums), working out, watching football, UFC, and rugby, playing with his daughters, hanging with the homeless dudes outside his loft and going to art shows.
Leonce and his wife Breanna have lived in the Grant Park community of Atlanta for over four years and have two daughters.