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Dr. Philip Willis Jr.


The Author

Dr. Philip Willis Jr. is an Author, a two time Veteran of Foreign Wars in Iraq, a Second Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, a graduate of Command and General Staff Officer College, holds two

Masters; Masters of Divinity, Masters of Social Work and a Doctorate in Family Ministry. Dr. Willis, a graduate of First Army Observer Controller/Trainer Academy, utilizes his unique skills to promote a spirit of excellence, discipline, and self-esteem in single parents and adolescent males in urban centers around the world. Through classes, conferences, and seminars, Man College provides personal development for boys, training, and parenting seminars.

Prior to his appointment as the Deputy Command Chaplain to the Military Intelligence Readiness Command, Chaplain Willis served in a number of leadership positions in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves along with active duty tours in Iraq and Kuwait with the 1225th Corps Support Battalion, 126th Cavalry for Operation Iraqi Freedom and the 205th Infantry Brigade as an OCT for First Army during Operation Enduring Freedom.  He is the recipient of The Honorable Order of Titus, and Combat Action Badge. Dr. Willis is additionally senior pastor of the Mizpah Church in Gary, Indiana. 


Our Mission

Our Man College Mission is to promote resiliency and self-esteem in young men and single parent families through training and practical exercises.  This training should strengthen their knowledge base, skill set and positive mental attitude.

What We Know:

An estimated 24.7 million children live without their biological father. 43% of urban children live away from their biological father. Since 1960, the rate of U.S boys without fathers has quadrupled. This has a devastating impact on children and the family system. Single-mother families are more likely to suffer from economic insecurity than two-parent families. Father loss causes object hunger in males.  75% of all drug users and 65% of all suicides come from fatherless homes.

There Are Two Key Concepts

  1. When a father is absent, modeling needed for body care, male- essential skills, male mannerisms specific and problem-solving skills are not adequately or appropriately addressed; and

  2. Single mothers' self-esteem issues related to past hurts, family relationships, or life challenges may hinder their ability to be emotionally, psychologically and financially available to raise children alone.



Our Man College Team is made up of professionals, career military personnel and neighborhood advocates who believe in the mission at hand. All team members are trained extensively in their respective areas of expertise. These Trainers are the best and dedicated to uplifting our young men to be the brightest they can be. 

What People Say

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“This has been a wonderful opportunity for my sons to learn how to think, act and express themselves with confidence.”

“I appreciate Man College because they not only focus on the children but the parents too. It's difficult to raise boys alone. I learned new skills today and I feel better about my situation.”


"I love this program. It's so practical and real. It helped me focus and get disciplined."

"Wow! This was so much fun. I wasn’t sure about it at first but it was amazing."

“I really liked the physical challenges. I thought I was in good shape. I want them to come again for Level II.”

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