S.W.A.T.T. for Jesus Youth Association, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founders: Gary and Valerie Liggins, journeyed the last 16 years on a prayer and believing God has the power to do what He has promised. As a grassroots operation, without corporate or church sponsors, government grants, nor Hollywood's money; they set out through North America, Europe, Russian Federation, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Central, South America, Africa and the Middle East, speaking to believers and non-believers about their daily challenges of living by faith and the question “Is God real and active?" Through this shared experience the vision for the Believers Boot Camp "LIVE 22 Honolulu" airing live on SWATT TV has been created.
In preparation for "S.W.A.T.T. For Jesus" January 8, 2004, Gary and Valerie closed their doors to the S.W.A.T.T. Fitness Camp (For training clientele, see below). They sacrificed their home, fitness camp, and lifestyle in order to hear the Lord. He wanted their full attention while He revealed what they were unknowingly being prepared for.
They traveled 500 miles north, which put them in the Bay area. As they spent time in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, where they lived on the streets, the Lord had them meet with various individuals ranging from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese Office as part of their Task Team in support of family and marriage, along with the Baptist Churches, to the Berkeley Home Churches, and of course, the youth whom He had laid upon their heart.
They made many trips there, and it became very clear that many of these youth and young adults are very confused. Not only by the messages given to them by the world, but also by some pastors and ministers who saturate their congregations in "prosperity preaching."
As followers of Jesus, we know that blessings and prosperity come in many forms, and cannot and should not only be measured by money or material things. As a result, the youth and young adults are finding themselves with few answers, which often lead them to go along with the world's values of self-indulgence with material things, fast food, alcohol & drugs, and sexual misconduct.
The growing concerns about our youth and young adults has created a call to action for Holiness.
The "S.W.A.T.T. For Jesus" mission is designed to build youth and young adults spiritually, mentally, and physically; preparing them to be strong future leaders whose lives are centered on holiness.
The internationally respected duo were able to successfully expanded their past business that included a complete staff of professional fitness trainers.
Gary and Valerie amassed an impressive list of clients:
Mr. Berry Gordy-Motown Founder; Mrs. Cookie Johnson-Wife of Mr. Earvin "Magic" Johnson-Basketball Hall of Fame; Mrs. Alex Dean Martin -daughter of Whoopi Goldberg; Mrs. Joyce Ostin-Author "Hollywood Moms"; Fitness Gurus Mrs. Kathy Smith-Self Magazine; Mrs. Kathy Kahler -The Today Show; Celebrity Judge Joe Brown and Wife Mrs. Deborah Brown; Mrs. Suzanne De Passe -Film & Music Producer; Mrs. Monique Brown-Wife of Mr. Jim Brown-NFL Hall of Fame; Mrs. Tonya Winfield-Wife of Mr. Dave Winfield, Baseball Hall of Fame; Mr. George Raveling-assistant coach for USA Olympic men's basketbal "1992 Dream Team"; Professor Claudia Mitchel-Kernan -Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies & Dean of the Graduate Division UCLA. Mr. Conrad Riggs -Co-Producer of the "Survivor" Series; Mrs. Shikiri Johnson-Wife of Keyshawn Johnson-NFL; Mrs. LaTonya Richard-Jackson-Actress/Wife of Samuel L. Jackson; Mrs. Lisa Canning/Entertainment Tonight Show; Ms. Victoria Dilliar-Actress; Mr. Miguel A. Nunez Jr.-Actor; Mr. Stan Foster-Producer/Writer; Mrs. Denica Perez-Photographer/Author "The Glow"; Mrs. Kasi Lemmons-Actress/Director; Mrs. Lorna Kyles -Wife of Cedric The Entertainer; Mr. Vondie Curtis-Actor/Producer; Mr. Rob Schiller, Director, "King of Queens"; Mr. Harold Austin and Mr. Michael Saunders-Program Director 92.3 FM "The Beat" Radio; Mr. Brian Peters-CEO Holy Roller Ent.; Mr. Brent Jones-Gospel Recording Artist; Ms. Lisa Salters-ESPNews; Ms. Stephanie Fredrick-BET Producer; Ms. Judith Orr-Silverman-Emmy Award Make-up Artist; Mrs. Jasmine Guy-Actress; Ms. Faye Washington-President & CEO YWCA Greater Los Angeles; Mr. Leo Spiwak -President/Founder-The Guardians; Mrs. Victoria Rowell-Actress/Founder of Rowell Children Charities and many more...
Gary Liggins served honorably in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant Military Police where he earned an AA degree in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, then later attended McKendree College and Citrus Belt Law School, Riverside, CA. His devotion to duty and his commitment to excellence earned him numerous awards and honors. Gary special duty assignments included: U.S. Air Force Emergency Security Team (SWAT) Air Force Presidential Security Support Team and the Military Airlift Command Elite Guard Team. SWAT Academy Riverside, CA. Sherriff Dept. A lifelong athlete, Gary played basketball overseas for the Air Force, competed in track-and-field, and has practiced martial arts for more than 10 years. Gary then continued his education at the International Fitness Training Association (IFPA) where he received his personal fitness trainer certification from Dr. James A. Huff, at the University of California Riverside.
Valerie Liggins was born and raised in Chicago, IL., where she developed her love for sports watching her father play baseball. Valerie attended the University of Stevens Point Wisconsin and later received a certification in computers at the Lakeview Center, Chicago, IL. Valerie traveled 167 cities including Bahamas and Canada as a former Ebony Fashion Fair runway model and was featured in music videos and magazines. Valerie was then employed by Sony Pictures Entertainment as an Executive Assistant for Sony Pictures Distribution Department, Culver City, CA. Valerie then turned her efforts towards health & fitness where she earned her personal fitness training certification from the International Medical Fitness Trainers Association (IFPA) with Dr. James A. Huff, at the University of California Riverside.
Gary and Valerie enjoy their life together serving the Lord and sharing their testimony to the world.
"What would you attempt to accomplish if you knew you had the assurance of God's presence with you?"
In Jesus' Service,
Gary & Valerie Liggins
Apostles of Christ