Bishop Wilfred Durrah, Jr., DD
Bishop Wilfred Durrah, Jr., was the first child of five children born to the late Deacon Wilfred Durrah,
Sr. and Mother Julia (Dyer) Durrah. He was educated in the Atlanta Public School System. After
high school, Wilfred enrolled in Marsh-Draughn Business College. Later, he enlisted into the U.S.
Navy where he received an honorable discharge. After returning from the service, he gained
employment with Sears and Roebuck Company and he recently retired (2011) from the City of
Atlanta after 32 plus years of service.
Bishop Durrah was saved under the guidance of a strong prayer warrior called, Mama Linsey in a
small prayer band. He later joined Smyrna United Church of God In Christ, under the direction of
Elder Theodore Gray. From 1982 to 1984, he served as a minister in the Free Gospel
Interdenominational Church, in Atlanta under the leadership of Apostle James S. Prothro. Later he
was confirmed and ordained as an elder in this ministry. Under the leadership of Bishop Gerald
Hilson, he joined the Greater Fellowship Temple of The Apostolic Faith. He was later (1991),
consecrated to the Office of Bishop by Bishop Hilson.
In 1986, he accepted the call from God to pastor a flock. He established a body of followers and
found the present ministry Charity Truth Tabernacle United Church of God in Christ. In this ministry,
God has enabled him to provide numerous services to the community. His vision is to create small
businesses through the church and to provide jobs to those who are coming out of sin and lower
the growth of unemployment in order to make a difference in the community.
Bishop Durrah is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He received the United States
Congressional Recognition Award from Congressman John Lewis for outstanding service in the
Field of Religion. The Atlanta City Council honored him with the Community Service Award for his
exceptional work with the youth in the community. Mayor Bill Campbell awarded him the Certificate
of Merit for his service given to the Atlanta Public Schools. Also, the National Sorority of Phi Delta
Kappa, Inc., Alpha Epsilon Chapter awarded him the Certificate of Special Recognition in the Field
of Education. In March of 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Christian Missions.
Recently in July of 2011, he received a Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the United Theological
Institute and Seminary of Fairburn, Georgia.
In November of 2003, by the divine order of the Almighty God, and the leadership of Bishop Durrah,
the congregation joined in unity with the United Churches of God in Christ, under the leadership of,
His Grace The Most Reverend Spencer Lackey, Sr., serving as the Presiding Bishop. While serving
as Bishop-Elect in the United Churches of God in Christ he merged nine other churches into the
organization and he continues to seek and unite other churches into this ministry. Bishop Durrah
was featured in 2007-2008 edition of National Who’s Who of America for his outstanding work in
the ministry. In February of 2010, he was elevated and appointed to the position of First Assistant
to our present Chief Apostle, His Grace The Most Reverend, Bishop Aaron B. Lackey, Sr., of the
United Churches of God in Christ, where he served until 2019.
Bishop Durrah is married to Bonita Gillespie Durrah and has two children, Wilfred Durrah, III and
Amber L. Durrah, a daughter-in-law, Dorriann Durrah, eight beautiful grandchildren and countless
spiritual sons and daughters.
Bishop Durrah believes in getting down to the nuts-and-bolts of life and earnestly believes that
“Godliness with contentment is great gain,” and “for we know, all things work together for the good
of them who love the Lord”.
Charity Truth Tabernacle Church
Bishop Wilfred Durrah Jr. - Pastor
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|"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and
doctrine." 2nd Timothy 4:2