Reverend Leon Kelly
Reverend Leon Kelly is the founder and Executive Director of Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the oldest anti-gang program in existence in the Denver metro area, whose sole mission is to curb gang recruitment and reduce street gang violence.
He was born in Denver into a religious family and attended the University of Colorado before earning a doctorate from the Family Bible Institute of Denver. He then became an ordained minister with a special focus on helping the youth of Colorado and he now serves as a mediator between rival gangs. On any given day, Reverend Kelly’s schedule could range from presiding at a funeral, visiting a gun shot victim in the hospital, counseling a convicted felon in jail, presenting to a community group and finally, to reading a story to a group of 7-year-olds. His ministry has changed the course of thousands of young lives.