First Lady's Bio
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 Church. She serves as the church Chief
Administrator. 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 for the 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 supervised numerous ministries, auxiliaries and units on the international level. While serving
in this position (2010-2019), she 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 eight and countless spiritual children.
Her most treasured belief is, “Your Word is Your Bond!
Charity Truth Tabernacle Church
Bishop Wilfred Durrah Jr.