Elder Willie L. Monnet, Sr. is the founding pastor of Smoking for Jesus Ministry originally located in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the husband of the Elect Lady Minister Claudette Monnet, father of eight children, 27 grandchildren and spiritual father to many.
Born and raised in Jeanerette, La., on January 8, 1952, Pastor Monnet was a clever and strong-willed child, not afraid to try anything at least once. As Willie became a young man, his philosophy was, “get all the gusto out of life ‘cause once you’re dead, you’re done.”
In the summer of 1976, while getting high on “angel dust,” Willie felt the life in him slipping away. Miraculously, he began to hear a voice speaking from a picture of the Christ in the house. The voice beckoned, “You’ve tried everything else, now try me.” That night, at the age of 24 years old, he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ to be His Savior. Pastor Willie Monnet has been serving the Lord faithfully ever since.
Willie L. Monnet Sr.
He began his call to minister to men in 1990 teaching Sunday school, Men’s Bible study, Wednesday Discipleship class, Intercessory prayer, prison ministry, in rehab centers, and in-house marriage seminars.
In 1996, God called Pastor Monnet to become the founder and shepherd of Smoking for Jesus Ministry. This unique name and theme is derived from Revelation 3:16 where Jesus states, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth." Smoking For Jesus Ministry quickly proved to be “On fire for the Lord!” as Pastor Monnet and his growing congregation reached out to lost souls through various outreach auxiliaries including street witnessing, tent revivals, and events in the parks and housing projects.
For nearly 30 years, Pastor Willie L. Monnet, Sr. has been teaching and preaching the uncompromising Word of God, while discipling men and women of all ages and nationalities. He models the example of how to live life selflessly, how to trust God faithfully, and pursue Him relentlessly- in his own words, to “Know No Quit!”