BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF

PASTOR GRACE C. WASHINGTON, M.DIV.

 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

– Luke 4:18, 19 (KJV)

 

Rev. Grace C. Washington is the CEO of Love Life Center, Inc. and pastor and organizer of Love Life Christian Fellowship Church in Ellenwood, Georgia. Love Life Christian Fellowship Church operates as a viable and integral component in the Ellenwood community under the theme “Building a Community to Impact the World.” A dedicated shepherd, Pastor Washington stepped out on faith to obey the call of God to minister independently and thus came the birth of Love Life Christian Fellowship Church. Her mission is to bring forth the good news of love and forgiveness proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
 

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Born in West Palm Beach, Florida to the late John and Rutha Cartwright, Pastor Washington is the youngest of five siblings. John Garfield, Cynthia, Sandra, and Jimmy would all attest to the fact that their youngest sister was a very caring, generous, loving and compassionate person, even at a very early age. She could often be found sitting among older adults soaking up their elderly wisdom.

A spirit-filled and committed woman of God, Rev. Washington has led many followers to the everlasting throne of grace and salvation through Christ Jesus. She has more than 34 years of experience in the field of ministry, and 2010 commemorated 25 years of service as a senior pastor. Her first pastoral achievement came in a main-line denominational church, serving for more than 11 years, reviving the failing church of 8 members to a strong congregation of over 500. Because of her dedication and steadfast commitment, Rev. Washington was ordained an Elder in June 1995.

Rev. Washington’s higher educational studies began at the International Tabulating Institute in Washington, D.C. After moving to Georgia she attended DeKalb College and Georgia State University. Furthering her biblical and theological knowledge, she attended Word of Faith Bible College and later received a Master of Divinity in Missiology and Evangelism from Gammon Theological Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in 1993. She has received academic honors as one of the Nation’s Top Students and consecutive listings on the National Dean’s List. Her studies were greatly strengthened by her trip abroad to China to study the Christian Church and also a pilgrimage tour of the Holy Land where she preached in Bethlehem. She has conducted seminars in various states and has led crusades in the Virgin Islands. On a trip to South Africa in February 2006, Rev. Washington happily served as God’s missionary by distributing personal items and toys in Soweto.

Rev. Washington founded the Grace C. Washington Institute to teach, train and/or retrain persons in biblical, theological and ethical procedures and methods of Christian Education. The Institute, an entity of Love Life Center, Inc., also provides training for clergy and laypersons in leadership and evangelism. She teaches an extensive course designed for meeting the requirements for License and Ordination for Love Life Christian Fellowship Ministers and Elders.

Because of her expertise in the area of ministry, Rev. Washington was selected to serve as a mentor in The Faith Journey: Partnership in Parish Ministry Formation. The Faith Journey Program, whose partners are the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta University Center faculty, Youth Hope Builders Academy, local congregations, denominations, judicatories and selected agencies, was founded to foster the vision of congregational ministry of youth and adults of African descent and their movement toward ministry preparation and vocation. And her sermon, “The Dawning of a New Day,” which was preached in honor of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, has been selected for inclusion in the American Folklife Center’s Inauguration 2009 Sermons and Orations Project.

Rev. Washington’s experiences include Evangelism, Mission, Christian Counseling, Children’s Ministry, and Human Services. She extends a broad outreach in teaching Women’s Ministries and Marriage Ministries. She is author of three books relating to marriage: “Conquering the Giants of Discontentment in Marriage with 5 Smooth Stones,” “Oil for a Squeaky Marriage,” and “10 Building Blocks for Marriage.”

Rev. Washington has served as a member of the Advisory Council on Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse for DeKalb County Board of Health, as well as in several civic auxiliaries. Additionally, Rev. Washington is a supporter of the DeKalb County Police Alliance, and she recently offered her support to the art of theatrics by serving as Executive Producer of the stage play, “The Amen Corner” (along with Pastor William Flippin).

A devoted wife and mother, Rev. Washington has been married to her husband, Robert, for 42 years. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Divika) Hall, Jr. and Mrs. Darrell K. (Angela) Finney. They are also the proud grandparents of Travian Robert Hall, Jazmyn Myrtice Finney, Jordyn Denise Finney and Brandyn Joseph Hall.
 

 

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