Dr. Laurette Willis Bio & Ministry


Dr. Laurette Willis, CLC, CHC, Th.D., CBT

PraiseMoves Founder, Coach, and Author


Dr. Laurette Willis is the Founder and Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry. She has helped countless thousands of people become “Fit Witnesses for Christ in spirit, soul, and body” since PraiseMoves' inception in 2001.

As a Keynote Speaker and Author with Harvest House Publishers and Destiny Image, Dr. Willis has spoken internationally and has produced fitness Workouts, 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 Workouts, 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, PraiseMoves Gold (to teach seniors & those with limited physical mobility), PraiseKICKS (Kickboxing with the Word), PraiseWAVES (Aqua PraiseMoves), Power PraiseMoves, PraiseBarre, and MIRA! (Christian Fitness w/a Latin Beat!).

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Theater and Television

Dr. Laurette created and performed in two TV shows (“PraiseMoves” and “PraiseMoves Kids” reaching millions globally via Christian Television).

She has also created and presented Christian Fitness Workouts and books for Harvest House Publishers and Destiny Image Publishers, as well as PraiseMoves-published projects.

An award-winning actor, director, and playwright with her own production company (DoveTale Productions from 1992-2011), Dr. Laurette has also worked as a professional singer, improvisational comedienne, and voice-over artist.

Originally from New York City and Long Island, her nickname on the NYC stage was “The Woman of 101 Voices!” She performed Off-Broadway in NYC in the one-woman show “The Betty Boop Show,” as cartoon character Betty Boop and 40 other characters (during “My B.C. daze,” as Dr. Willis jokingly calls it!).

Dr. Laurette's voice can be heard in countless Voice-Overs and narrations for TV, Radio, Film, and Christian Book trailers from her Prayer Farm Studio in northeastern Oklahoma.

Read what Pastors, Women's Ministry Leaders, Conference organizers, and other community leaders have to say about Dr. Laurette Willis: Recommendations & Endorsements

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

  • U.S. Armed Forces in Asia with the U.S.O.
  • Over 1,500,000 students in schools & universities
  • 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
  • The President and the nation’s Governors at the 85th Annual National Governors’ Association Conference.

Dr. Laurette's personal testimony of deliverance from New Age spirituality, yoga, and metaphysics and coming to Christ is featured in Sid Roth & Mike Shreve's book Truth Seekers–Ten Amazing People Who Found It!

An award-winning actor and playwright, Dr. Laurette studied Theatre Arts at New York University and presented as an Artist on the Touring and Teaching Rosters of the Oklahoma Arts Council for over 25 years.

She has been a member of CITA (Christians In Theatre Arts), the Women’s Ministry Network, and Women in Christian Media.

Her one-woman musical drama “Great Women of the Bible,” has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people since she first presented it in 2003.

Health & Fitness

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

“Winning the War Against Childhood Obesity – with CHARACTER!


Dr. Laurette Willis 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 Workout, 20-Minute PraiseMoves Workout, and Power PraiseMoves Workout, all from Harvest House Publishers. 

40 Days to Fit and Fabulous with PraiseMoves from Destiny Image Publishers is in the STORE.

Her PraiseMoves production company has produced a number of Christian Fitness Workouts for adults and children (see SHOP).



As the Founder of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry, Dr. Laurette offers training for women and men to become Christian Fitness Ministers in PraiseMoves, MIRA! (Christian Fitness with a Latin Beat), PraiseKicks, PraiseMoves Gold, and other disciplines. She oversees the LIVE and ONLINE TRAINING of Certified PraiseMoves Instructors who bring this Christ-centered alternative to yoga and other fitness classes to churches and fitness centers on 6 continents.

Interviewer and Interviewee 

Dr. Laurette Willis is a frequent guest on Christian radio and television talk shows.

Dr. Willis also enjoys interviewing famous Christian authors such as Gary Smalley, Stormie Omartian, Dr. Caroline Leaf (above with Dr. Laurette), Dennis Jernigan, Katie Souza, John and Lisa Bevere, Thelma Wells, Jentezen Franklin, and others.

Ordination, Education, and Awards

  • Ordained in 1994 (Kingsway Fellowship)
  • Since 2004 Licensed and Ordained with Independent Assemblies.
  • Willis Ministries Int'l is a 501(c)3 under the aegis of Independent Assemblies
  • Studied at: St. John's University (New York), New York University, the University of Nevada at Reno, University of London (England), Missionary Seminary (Tennessee); Biblical Health Institute (Florida), and Oral Roberts University (Oklahoma)
  • Recipient of: Bachelor of Arts (Biblical Studies & Ministry); Certified Health Coach & Certified Life Coach Credentials; Ordination Credentials and maintains annual Minister in Good Standing status; Master of Divinity; Doctor of Theology; and Cognitive Behavioral Therapist
  • Taught at Northeastern State University and University of Central Oklahoma (Oklahoma; 1994-2000 Great Expectations Program)

  • Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award (2017) from Dr. Joel Wallach
  • Recipient of Circle of Honor recognition and Top Achievers (2015-2017)

Consulting, Speaking, and Personal Coaching Clients

Over the last 20 years, Dr. Laurette Willis has helped thousands of believers with personal development, fitness & goal achievement via books, television & radio, training programs, mentoring, and coaching.

Dr. Laurette is the creator of the 12-week Biblical and Neuroscience-based Personal Transformation Program (2018) and the new Weightloss Without Willpower program (2022). 

A Christian Life Coach and Certified Health Coach (trained by Dr. Jordan Rubin), she is also a Certified HIT Coach (Human Interaction Technology), and a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

Dr. Laurette has been a member of the International Christian Coaching Association, the International Institute for Complementary Therapists, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Biblical Coaching Alliance, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.  

As Dr. Laurette describes her Personal Transformation Coaching:  “I help Christian women who want to walk in their calling (but feel stuck or scared). I help them gain clarity and take specific action steps so they experience maximum fulfillment and fearless freedom emotionally, physically, and financially.”

Enjoy her free Masterclass, “3 Simple Shifts to Fulfill the Call on Your Life” at BeTransformed.today

Book a complimentary *BREAKTHROUGH* Coaching Session with Dr. Laurette at PersonalTransformationCoaching.com 

During Your Free *BREAKTHROUGH* Session: 

  • Create a Crystal-Clear Vision for…
  • * the lifestyle you truly want for yourself & your family
  • * the impact you want to have on the world
  • Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your success in achieving your goals
  • Leave your *BREAKTHROUGH* Session renewed, re-energized, & inspired to start living the life of your dreams!

    * “I feel really empowered! Before I could hope, dream & believe–now I'm on a path I can walk out, with tools that are really working for me!” ~ Nancy C., Colorado

    * “Dr. Laurette's Personal Transformation Program is so completely embedded in God's Word that the techniques and suggestions she makes come alive in your spirit. My life's path has moved in new and exciting directions!” – Dr. Ann Gilbert, Ohio

  • BOOK a FREE *BREAKTHROUGH* Session w/Dr. Laurette HERE


Dr. Laurette and her husband Paul are members of In Him Fellowship in northeastern Oklahoma, where they live at “The Prayer Farm” in the beautiful Ozark foothills with a great white Pyrenees puppy named Titus (“Tidy” for short) in the middle of a 40-acre hayfield surrounded by woods, deer, and bunny rabbits. 🙌🥰🙌

  1. 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

  2. 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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