Laurette’s Bio & Ministry


Laurette Willis is the Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry. She has helped thousands of people lose weight, regain health and become “Fit Witnesses for Christ in spirit, soul and body.”

A Keynote Speaker and Author with Harvest House Publishers and Destiny Image, Laurette has spoken internationally and has produced fitness DVDs, books, and TV shows, as well as trained hundreds of Certified PraiseMoves Instructors on 6 continents.

PraiseMoves (“The Christian ALTERNATIVE to yoga”) offers Christian Fitness DVDs, Christian meditation and Power Promises Walking programs, as well as Classes by Certified PraiseMoves Instructors on six continents.

Certified Instructor training is offered for PraiseMoves, and MIRA! (“The Christian Alternative to Zumba!”–David Warren, Oasis Network).

Laurette has two TV shows (“PraiseMoves” and “PraiseMoves Kids” reaching millions globally), as well as Christian Fitness books, DVDs and CDs with Harvest House Publishers and Destiny Image Publishers.

A professional actor for many years, Laurette also worked as a playwright, singer and voice-over artist. Originally from New York City and Long Island, her nickname on the NYC stage was “The Woman of 101 Voices!”  Laurette has done countless Voice-Overs for TV, Radio, Film, and Industrials from her Prayer Farm Studio in northeastern Oklahoma).

You may learn more about Laurette’s availability to present as a Keynote Speaker at: .

Read what Pastors, Women’s Ministry Leaders, Conference organizers and other Community leaders have to say about Laurette: Recommendations & Endorsements

Her story is featured in Sid Roth’s new book Truth Seekers–Ten Amazing People Who Found It!

For over twenty-five years, Laurette Willis has been invited to entertain and speak to groups as diverse as:

  • U.S. Armed Forces in Asia with the U.S.O.
  • Over 500,000 students in schools & universities since 1993
  • Women’s Retreats and Conferences for United Methodist Women, WMUs of the Southern Baptist Convention, WMs of the Assemblies of God, Catholic Women’s League, Episcopal Church Women, Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Christian Women’s Clubs, and others.
  • Public school administrators and teachers as a Certified Instructor for the Great Expectations Program at Northeastern State University (1994-2000)
  • The Smithsonian Institute aboard the Delta Queen Riverboat; and
  • The President and nation’s Governors at the 85th Annual National Governors’ Association Conference.


An award-winning actor and playwright, she studied Theatre Arts at New York University, and is an Artist on the Touring and Teaching Rosters of the Oklahoma Arts Council .  She has been a member of CITA (Christians In Theatre Arts), the Women’s Ministry Network and Women in Christian Media.


A Certified Health Coach and Personal Trainer, in addition to her work with PraiseMoves and MIRA!, she is the creator of the PowerMoves Kids™ Program, the first classroom program to combine Character Education and Fitness, being used in public schools, private and home schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

“Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity – with CHARACTER!”

Laurette is the author of BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness and The Busy Woman’s Guide to Total Fitness (both from Harvest House Publishers), as well as the PraiseMoves DVD, 20-Minute PraiseMoves DVD, and Power PraiseMoves DVD, all from Harvest House Publishers.

40 Days to Fit and Fabulous with PraiseMoves (November 2013 release) is available from Destiny Image Publishers. Her PraiseMoves production company has also produced a number of Christian Fitness DVDs for adults and children (see: PraiseMoves DVDs).


As the Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry and MIRA! (Christian Fitness with a Latin Beat), she oversees the training of Certified PraiseMoves Instructors who bring this Christ-centered alternative to yoga to churches and fitness centers on four continents.

Laurette is a frequent guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. Her “Fitness for His Witness™ Nuggets” may be heard daily on the Oasis Radio Network—internationally via the internet at 4:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. CT..

She enjoys interviewing famous Christian authors (Gary Smalley, Stormie Omartian, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Dennis Jernigan, Katie Souza, John and Lisa Bevere, Thelma Wells, Jentezen Franklin and others), and is heard regularly on Oasis Network’s “The Road Show.”

(Laurette pictured at left w/Neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of “Who Switched Off My Brain?”)

Seminars, Consulting, and Speaking

Laurette offers Fitness for His Witness™ seminars as well as keynotes at conferences, churches and women’s retreats.

She can help churches interested in setting up a Christian Fitness Ministry for their congregation or as an outreach. An IFPA-certified Women’s Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor, she’s a charter member of the Christian Wellness Association.

As a Keynote Speaker, Laurette ignites her messages with a unique blend of heartfelt encouragement, touching personal stories and side-splitting humor.  Laurette’s comedic edge was sharpened on television and Off-Broadway as an improvisational comedienne, where she earned the nickname “The Woman of 101 Voices!”

Laurette has been well-known for her original one-woman shows wherein she has portrayed famous women from American history, and the Bible (such as her critically acclaimed one-woman musical drama “Great Women of the Bible” – now available on DVD). 


Laurette is a member of Calvary Church in Tahlequah, where she and her husband Paul live at “The Prayer Farm,” a 40-acre ranch in the beautiful Ozark foothills of northeastern Oklahoma with their Poms and a great white Pyrenees named “Queenie.”

3 Responses to "Laurette’s Bio & Ministry"

  1. […] who think the same way. Today I want to re-introduce you to a fellow fitness colleague of mine: Laurette Willis of PraiseMoves. The main focus of Laurette’s ministry is a “Christian Alternative to […]

  2. Janet Strunk says:

    hello, I just recently discovered that a pastors wife was deep into yoga. On her pinterest page she has pinned a lot of chakra affirmations and diagrams. I have such a burden to pray for her.
    I cannot approach her because she is obviously deceived and thinks it is harmless and helping her physical fitness and well being. Do you have a set of scriptures that I can use to pray over her.
    And believe that she will come out of this deception.
    Thank you – Janet Strunk

  3. Mary says:

    Hi, I´m a committed Christian and am aware of the deception & harm of Yoga for Christians.
    I wanted to ask if your exercises include the same Yoga movements, but you have only substituted Biblical Scripture for meditation, or if you have actually changed each excercis , which I feel is a necessity.
    I am interested, but want to make sure that none of the exercises are the same as the Hindu Yoga positions.

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