Since 2002, The Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis has served as the pastor of the Church of the Open Door, United Church of Christ (UCC), 6001 NW 8th Ave., Miami, Florida. Dr. Willis is the official representative, on the National Board of Directors for the Local Church Ministries of the United Church of Christ, of the Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice, (MRSEJ).

He is an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College); he is President of the Collective Empowerment Group of South Florida, which is one of eight Chapters, Nationally, as well as the National Vice President, of the Collective Empowerment Group. Pastor Willis also serves on the Board of Directors for the Belafonte TACOLCY Center, Inc., and the 79th Street Corridor Initiative, Inc., both of which are Community Development Corporations.

Pastor Willis also writes for the South Florida Times. To contact the church, email the pastor at