First Lady's Bio
First Lady
Evangelist Bonita Durrah




      Evangelist Bonita G. Durrah is a native of Mobile, Alabama and     the fourth child of the late Mr.
Clint Gillespie, Sr. and the late Mrs. Ruth James Gillespie.  
      Dr. Durrah is the First Lady of Charity Truth Tabernacle United Church of God in Christ. She is
accredited for organizing many of the ministries and auxiliaries in her church. Some of the
ministries she organized are the: C.T.T. Adult Choir, Wilfred Durrah, Jr. Inspiration Choir, Children’s
Choir, Sunday School and Missionary Board. Some auxiliaries she is currently chairing in her local
church are the: New Members Orientation Committee, Education Committee, Women’s Ministry
and Missionary Board. She is an ordained evangelist.
    Evangelist Durrah has served in many capacities in the district and jurisdiction levels of the
United Churches of God in Christ. She was the first District Missionary and the first Jurisdictional
Supervisor of Women of Love and Truth Jurisdiction, (currently Georgia Central Jurisdiction).
Presently, she is the First Lady of Georgia Central Jurisdiction of the United Churches of God in
Christ. Upon 31 plus years of employment with the Atlanta Public School System, Evangelist Durrah
retired in 2011.   
    Dr. Durrah has also served on the international level of the United Churches of God in Christ in
various positions; she was the International Chairlady, International Advertisement Chairlady and
Scholarship Chairlady. In July, 2010, the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle Aaron B. Lackey, Sr.
appointed her as the United Churches of God in Christ International Supervisor of Women, where
she supervises numerous ministries, auxiliaries and units on the international level. In this position
she has organized the first international women’s convention and developed a handbook for the
Women’s Department.
    Dr. Durrah has held numerous elected offices, including the position of president for the
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Incorporated, Alpha Epsilon Chapter. She is presently the
Executive Advisor to Alpha Epsilon Chapter’s current president and she served from 2013-2017 as
the National Conclave Coordinator appointed by the sorority’s National President.
   Dr. Durrah was the Chairlady of the Committee on Political Education (COPE) for the America
Federation of Teachers Local 1565 (Atlanta) where she wrote monthly news articles and lobbied for
teachers’ rights. She has received numerous awards both spiritually and professionally.
   Dr. Durrah is the wife of Bishop Wilfred Durrah, Jr., DD, the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of
the United Churches of God in Christ, and the mother of two beautiful children: Wilfred, III, and
Amber; the grandmother of six and countless spiritual children.  
Her most treasured belief is, “Your Word is Your Bond!”
Charity Truth Tabernacle
United Church of God in Christ
Bishop Wilfred Durrah Jr.
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