December Member Spotlight
MS. TAYLER A. BURKE
Meet Ms. Tayler Burke! She is affectionately called 'Fat' by her mom (reminiscent of her being a chunky baby), and 'Muffy' or 'Tay' by close family and friends. She was born October 23rd in New Orleans, LA to Ms. Denise Lawson and the late Mr. Roderick Burke. She has two older brothers: Malachi (27 y/o), Jovan (23 y/o), and a younger brother Roderick, Jr. (12 y/o). She also has a cousin named J'Nae whom she regards as her sister, as they are two months apart and are inseparable! Tayler and her mom moved to Atlanta following Hurricane Katrina which devastated New Orleans in August 2005. They were initially displaced to Dallas, TX where they remained for a month until coming to Atlanta to begin life anew. With the support of those who rallied around them, Tayler and her mom bounced back stronger and better...giving glory to God!
In 2014, Tayler graduated from Tri-Cities High School in East Point. She was a Senior-year transfer student from MLK High School in Lithonia where she attended for grades 9th-11th. She was a member of the Drama Club and Honors Chorus. Honors Chorus was a group of elite singers who were selected to perform at special civic events and ceremonies, as well as travel locally and regionally for competitions. Though she only participated in one year of Drama Club (9th grade) before the curriculum changed, this was where "a star was born!" Tayler was a natural at finessing improvisational scenarios (random themes, skits, and characters). Both the Drama Club and her Journalism class taught her how to express herself and how to engage with others. These qualities are indeed what draw others to her in admiration and respect. On several occasions she's had the opportunity to meet n' mingle with celebrities. She handles these encounters not as a star-struck fan, but as one who's in her element. Some of her high profile interactions have been with: actress/singer KeKe Palmer, Hip-Hop artist Cardi B, actor Tyler James, TV personality Judge Mablean Ephraim, Comedian George Wallace, and Gospel artists Tasha Cobbs and Kirk Franklin. She takes every encounter in stride; being observant, teachable, poised, and confident as she knows the Lord has GREAT plans for her on a national and international scale.
Tayler is currently enrolled at Atlanta Tech College. She is an online student which affords her the opportunity to hold a full time job while being a part time student, all while building her business brand! She's in her Junior year pursuing a degree in Business Management. Being a burgeoning entrepreneur, she thought it prudent to lay a foundation as an astute business woman. She is a Sales Associate at iTravel located at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and was previously a Sales Associate at B Iconic. Though she excels at working in corporate retail, her dream job is to be self employed and independently wealthy! With a desire to start her own business on a manageable scale, she began with sunglasses, something practical with mass appeal. After sourcing unique, edgy eyewear Tuff Life Collections was up and running in August 2016! The concept of www.tufflifecollections.com was born from the myriad of challenges that she's overcome at such a young age. After revisiting some creative aspects, Tuff Life Collections was re-launched in Spring 2017 with an expanded product line and greater success! She's even had LaTrice Crawford from BET's Sunday Best as a client! Her career goal is to become a successful entrepreneur with multiple businesses and the means to support and fund others' dreams as an investor or philanthropist. Tayler has a global scope for her success. She envisions herself flying to various cities and countries, taking meetings with tastemakers and networking with key industry leaders to expand the Tuff Life Collections brand! She's making all the right moves now that will lead her to that goal. She does freelance modeling and has a YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/dollietherebel) where she showcases hair and makeup tutorials, clothing hauls, DIY projects, and fun challenges with J'Nae! Tayler is multi-talented young lady! She writes poetry, loves to cook, can speak fluent Spanish and some Latin. She aspires to learn French as it is a part of her Creole culture back home in New Orleans. High School Art class piqued her interest in DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, drawing, and colorations. She has a penchant for mixing vibrant color palettes with makeup and clothing. She believes colors appeal to the energy one puts out and the energy that attracts itself to you.
Tayler and her mom came to Redeeming Word Church in 2012, initially as visitors with Sis. Tawanda Bowe. Even though she was 17 at the time she was keenly aware of what RWC and the leadership of Pastor and 1st Lady Randle meant to her life. In them she found a second set of parents who dually helped her (and her mom) navigate the transitional phase of their lives at the time. The ministry of RWC has been key in developing her relationship with the Lord and understanding how He works. Of Pastor and 1st Lady, Tayler says, "They are great people on a personal and spiritual level. Lady Randle is just the easiest to talk to. She loves me like I'm really her natural daughter. Pastor Randle fills the space vacated since I've lost my dad." To date, Tayler's most significant God-encounter happened at RWC when she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost during the Prophetic Conference in September 2017! She is yet seeking the Lord regarding where in ministry He is calling her to serve, but says she is interested in training to be an Armourbearor to 1st Lady Randle. As her work and school life balances out, she'd like to get more involved serving in ministry.
Like most mother/daughter duos, Tayler and mom have an unbreakable bond. Together they have weathered life's storms (literally and figuratively). In the midst of it all, Sis. Denise never stopped showing Tayler how faith will always cause you to triumph! Tayler says, "My mom is my primary cheerleader. She invests all she has into my success. She pushes me to be consistent, persistent, and creative. I'm her mini-me not just because I look like her, but because she has fashioned me to be a courageous, confident survivor just like her!
When Tayler's not working, focused on school, or pushing her brand she enjoys hanging out at Atlantic Station in Midtown Atlanta for shopping, movies, good food, and great times! Her friends would call her a risk-taking, adventurous, comedienne! She loves sushi at her favorite spot Katana Teppanyaki & Sushi near Lenox Square. Her personal motto is "Fight or flight!" because sometimes she has to either talk herself into doing something, or out of doing something! She says her greatest inspiration is her deceased grandmother, Ms. Marie Burke, whom she called 'Granny' or simply 'Marie'. Granny taught her - through her words and how she lived her life - that a woman is resilient, strong, tends to her own business, and has great faith in God. Tayler says, "She would always tell me to be myself...a leader, not a follower."
November Member Spotlight
EVANGELIST TERRI WISE
Evangelist Wise was born August 18 in Trenton, NJ to the late Mr. Willie Gant and Mrs. Shirley Powell. She is the oldest of four children, and the only daughter. Evangelist Wise is divorced and has two adult children; son Rahsaan (39 y/o) and daughter Qianna (35 y/o). Her children further blessed her with six grandchildren (2 girls, 4 boys).
Evangelist Wise has always had an entrepreneurial drive. She’s had successful careers in direct sales marketing and telecommunications. Currently, she is a GA licensed Real Estate Agent for Platinum Real Estate Brokerage. She’s also a Short Sale Facilitator for The Dickason Law Group. She got her start in the industry 12 years ago after working as an Assistant for a Broker. This divine appointment was an answered prayer, as she had been seeking the Lord about what legacy she would leave for her children and her children’s children. The Lord told her through real estate and investments.
Evangelist Wise has completed course studies at Rutgers University (New Brunswick) and Burlington County Community College (Pemberton) pursuing Communications and Liberal Arts degrees respectively. However, at the top of the year 2018, she is excited to enroll in programs to receive Anger Management, Domestic Violence, and Substance Abuse certifications!
Evangelist Wise was not raised in a family that knew the Lord or lived by Godly principles. She married at 19 y/o, and after marriage her home became a place of illegal and sinful indulgence. She would attend church with her mother-in-law and gave her life to the Lord at this time. However, she was also on the cusp of full-blown drug addiction and soon fell into a backslidden state for many years to come. Her indulgence in alcohol began at the age of 14 y/o and in a short time she soon developed a hard core drug addiction (cocaine, pills, heroin, etc). She lived a reckless and fearless existence, many times putting her life in jeopardy because of drugs. From age 19-28 she spiraled out of control with substance abuse, combative fighting, and domestic violence. One night in the troughs of a 3-day binge the voice of the Lord told her three times that if she didn’t stop she would die and that would be the legacy she would leave.
After a second rehab stint, Evangelist Wise was referred to a 12-Step Program sponsored by Cathedral of Love church in Willingboro, NJ (Pastor Morris and Mother Lillie Baxter)…“Where the doors swing on the hinges of love”. One of the steps of the program was about seeking God. As she committed herself to this step she began to have spiritual experiences with the Lord. At age 35, she rededicate her life to Christ. After successfully completing the addiction program she remained as a mentor and program assistant, and also joined the church as a member. It was at Cathedral of Love that the Lord called her to ministry and she received the impartation of the prophetic gift via the laying on of hands from Prophetess Judy Shaw. She worked in various capacities in the church, one of the highlights being she opened and managed the church bookstore. She was a dedicated member who wanted God as bad as she once wanted drugs.
Evangelist Wise moved to Atlanta in 2003. She visited the city a year prior to attend a Prophetic Conference at Anointed Word Evangelistic Tabernacle COGIC (Bishop Bobby Henderson). It was at this service where she felt the impression of the Lord to make Atlanta her home. Upon relocating she joined AWET and eventually began working as an Office Secretary. It was at AWET that she forged a relationship with then Elder Randle (whom she knew previously as an itinerant evangelist in New Jersey), and the Lord showed her that in time she would help him with his ministry. She served faithfully at AWET until 2004 upon becoming a founding member of Redeeming Word Church with Pastor Raymond Randle. Evangelist Wise is the textbook example of “beauty for ashes and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3). This year she celebrates 29 years clean and sober! Her testimony of drug and alcohol addiction is a story she tells with no residual effects of that story. Since being converted, the Lord uses her testimony in a profound way both within and outside of the church walls. In 2005 she was licensed as an Evangelist & Missionary (a member of the graduating class taught by Mother Frances Blackshear). She operates confidently in her prophetic anointing and is one of the house prophets of Redeeming Word. Her ministry passions are evangelism and intercession. She knows the Lord has called her to reach the lost and broken through sharing her testimony with compassion and grace.
Evangelist Wise knew that it was God’s divine appointment and timing that she became connected to Pastor Randle and a part of Redeeming Word Church. By the Spirit she was drawn to his level of integrity, transparency, and grace. Pastor and 1st Lady Randle are leaders who she respect and can model her life after. They are leaders who correct you in love, yet hold you responsible to get back in line with the Word. Of Redeeming Word Church, she says, “It’s a safe place to deal with your proclivities head on. It’s a judgement-free space with saints who will push you to higher standards and a greater walk with the Lord.”
Evangelist Wise says two of her favorite sermons are “Maximize the Moment” by Bishop TD Jakes, and “A Worshipper With A Plan” by Pastor Raymond Randle. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Her personal motto is an affirmation spoken by Pastor Baxter, “I am who God says I am, and I can do what God says I can…oh yes I can!” For times of recreation or relaxation, she loves hosting friends for dinner parties and holiday get-togethers, where she cooks a huge meal and there’s good music and lots of laughter. She also enjoys live bands/concerts, experiencing new cuisines at nice restaurants, and spending time on the water (beach, lake, or pool). She is an avid swimmer and takes to water like a duck! She loves to travel and her dream vacation is an Alaskan or Mediterranean cruise! She loves learning about other cultures, either through travel or cuisines.
Did you know?... Evangelist Wise was a classically trained, semi-professional Jazz singer! From ages 17-35 she was the Featured Artist for Jazz bands and jam sessions, touring the Jazz clubs of New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. Even now, people back home remember her as a regional celebrity!
October Member Spotlight
BROTHER DAVE MYERS
Introducing Dave Myers! Dave is a 51 y/o Jamaican transplant who moved to Atlanta in 2000. He was born in Haddington, Hanover Jamaica as the seventh of eight children from the union of Pastor Egbert and 1st Lady Resa Myers. At age 14, his parents relocated with his 5 brothers and 2 sisters to Hopewell, Hanover and there he remained until moving to the United States at age 26. Dave is divorced, but from his marital union was born a son, 18 y/o Gian. Gian is a Freshman at Georgia State University (Atlanta) where he intends to major in Music Management.
Dave’s father was the Founding Pastor of The Holiness Christian Church (a Wesleyan Armenian church) in Jamaica. As a “PK” (Pastor’s Kid) working in ministry came with the territory so he sang in the choir, played bass and acoustic guitar, and was the Youth President (i.e. Youth Pastor). Though raised in the admonition of the Lord, it was not until 1980 that he made the personal decision to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior. During a church crusade, the guest speaker (Carvel Kerr) preached a sermon titled “The Speedy Age” about the pitfalls of living a fast-track life when tomorrow isn’t promised. That message convicted him so that he turned his heart to Jesus and has never looked back.
Upon graduating high school, Dave wanted to branch out and experience life beyond the church. Though he felt the unction of the Lord that Pastoring was indeed his calling, having seen ministry up close and personal, he was acutely aware of the challenges it entailed. So in revolt, he joined the Police Force. After two years on the force (1983-1985) God spoke to him one Christmas saying, “You are training, but you are training on the wrong basis.” He soon left the police force and enrolled in Caribbean Wesleyan College (seminary) as a first step in submitting to the call to ministry. He was a student there from 1985-1989, during which time he also pastored two churches. He remained in the pastorate until leaving Jamaica to attend college in the US.
Dave came to the US in 1993 as a student enrolled at Missouri Baptist University (St. Louis). He was the recipient of a full ride scholarship from Sunshine Mission. Unfortunately, his scholarship opportunity fell apart after his first semester in school, forcing his disenrollment. Dealing with this devastating turn of events, he moved to Miami for a short period with plans to return to Jamaica. During this time of relocation and readjusting, he had yet to obtain US citizenship. He sought counsel from his father and his local Pastor who advised him to obtain his citizenship rather than moving back to Jamaica. In 1995, Dave moved to New York and began working for a crane company. He remained in New York until 2000 when he took a job transfer from New York to Atlanta. Following the advice he’d received years ago, in 2008 Dave was awarded US Citizenship! He travels home to Jamaica several times a year to see family and long-time friends.
As a teen, Dave developed a keen interest in auto mechanics. He began by tinkering with motorcycles with his cousin until he could later afford to buy his own. What was initially a hobby, soon blossomed to a career which was later foundational for entrepreneurship. In 1995, he earned his ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification as an Automotive Technician! Dave was so advanced in his skill set that he once applied for a position as a Mechanic at Pep Boys, but was offered (and hired) as an Assistant Service Manager, and shortly after was promoted to Service Manager! Indeed, his gifts made room for him!
Dave is a natural leader with intense focus and self-motivation. He realized early on that his dreams and goals were beyond the boundaries of corporate limitations, and the only way to feel satisfied with his career was by owning his own business. He’d been working for a company that had him traveling state to state between Georgia and Maryland. In 2007, he took a job transfer within the company, which didn’t require so much time on the road. When that contract ended in 2012, he had two choices…take on another contract which required more travel, or step out on faith to start his own business. In 2012, Friendly’s Towing & Auto Repair was born and business has been thriving since! Friendly’s serves all of Georgia and performs every type of service work that a brick and mortar service center provides! Dave says the best perks of being a business owner is that it allows him to set his own schedule, pocket all of his own money, and gives him the satisfaction of knowing his hard work benefits himself instead of a corporate entity. Moreover, Dave says being an entrepreneur is really an extension of ministry. Every opportunity to help a client with their vehicle is a divine opportunity for a client to encounter Jesus. Dave’s love of auto service is a great way to show patience, kindness, integrity, compassion, etc…all the tenets that are fundamental to the character of a Christian.
Dave is one of the newest members of Redeeming Word Church, having joined in July 2017. He’d been attending as a visitor since September 2016, upon initial invitation by Sis. Tawanda Bowe. Dave says RWC has taught him how people genuinely connect in love and fellowship. He says, “I have deep regard for Pastor and 1st Lady Randle. I see them as authentic. They are the real deal, not just in the pulpit but in life.” With such a seasoned background in ministry, Dave looks forward to getting involved with the Evangelism Committee. As a former Pastor, his passion is for soul-winning and soul-sustaining. Dave knows it is the mandate of Jesus for all saints to win souls for the kingdom, rather than be at odds over trivial, legalistic matters. In 2010, he went to Africa for a two-week missions trip in Mombasa, Kenya. He looks forward to other opportunities to do missions abroad. Everywhere the Lord sends him, he endeavors to leave the witness of the Word with unbelievers and those in need.
In 2012, Dave earned a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Nazarene Bible College. He is currently on course to graduate in June 2018 with a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Union University of California. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6. He enjoys listening to live music, going to theatres/plays, and watching documentaries instead of mindless TV programs. Surprisingly, his favorite gospel artist is Bishop Carlton Pearson, as he loves his Pentecostal sound! He also enjoys CeCe Winans and Christian Hip-Hop artist LeCrae. Ironically, Jamaican food is not one his favorite cuisines...Dave is a salad man! He says he’ll take a hearty salad and a portion of fish over a savory, heavy Jamaican meal!
Dave’s personal motto is 'Honesty is the best policy!', which he applies to every facet of his life (ministry, business, and moral compass). His greatest inspiration in life is Dr. Samuel Vassel. Dr. Vassel was the former Bishop of The Holiness Christian Church in Jamaica. He now pastors Bronx Bethany (Church of the Nazarene) in Bronx, NY. Dave says Dr. Vassel is a classic Christian man. He is a man of passion, integrity, and humility who’s not afraid to reach out and touch the inner cities and disenfranchised, just as Christ would. He and Dr. Vassel yet remain in close contact.
Did you know?...Dave did not name his business himself! While deliberating a strong name for his auto repair service, a brilliant young marketing major at his church said, “You’re a friendly guy! You need a name that’s catchy and is a reflection of the business owner. Call it Friendly’s!” And thus Friendly’s Towing & Auto Repair was named!
September Member Spotlight
THE RANDLE KIDS!
Presenting “The First Kids” of Redeeming Word Church: Raymond Jr., Rylan, and Rayne Randle! These precocious PKs have an up close and personal view of ministry, yet lead typical childhood lives filled with wonder, excitement, and innocence. The Randle Kids are a tightly bonded trio. They stick up for each other, support each other, and love each other… this three-strand cord is not easily broken!
THE PROTECTOR: Raymond Wesley (aka “Junior” or “Ray”). Junior will be 14 y/o in February. He’s an 8th grader at Sandtown Middle School where his favorite subjects are Math and Social Studies. Academically he’s doing a great job maintaining good grades as he advances through middle school. Being the eldest of three – and his father’s namesake – would seem like a lot of pressure to some, but Junior carries the weight like a champ and embraces the challenges of this dual role. He understands he must always set a pattern of behavior that his siblings can emulate by making right decisions, being respectful, and taking care of his responsibilities. Though a young teen, Junior is yet burning off adolescent energy. He loves running around with his brother in the backyard and playing basketball and football. In fact, a career as a professional athlete is one of many aspirations he has for adulthood. He is also pondering interests in law enforcement and becoming an attorney. With whatever career path he chooses, he has already determined to use his success to start a foundation that would benefit children in hospitals and orphanages. From one of his greatest inspirations, Lebron James, he has learned the importance of using his platform to pay it forward. Junior loves the Lord and has a passion for all things church. Where ever you see his Dad, Pastor Randle, Junior is most likely right in step. He loves being in fellowship with the saints, creating bonds with other Preachers/Pastors Kids, and having his own God-experiences as he grows to know the Lord in a more personal way. Some of Junior’s favorite things are: the color blue, pork ribs, Gospel music, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, the Transformers movie franchise, reading, and Taraji P. Henson! Junior as a creative mind that is inquisitive about mechanics and engineering…he likes discovering “how stuff works!”
THE CHARMER: Rylan Walter (aka “RyRy” or “BC” – short for Birdchest!) Rylan will be 12 y/o in March. He is the quiet soft spoken one…though charismatic and intentional! He is a 6th grader at Sandtown Middle School where his favorite subjects are Math, Social Studies, Earth Science, and Healthcare Science. Rylan is also taking advanced placement (7th grade) Math! Throughout his schooling, he has never earned less than a B grade. Rylan says one of the best things about being in Middle School is having a locker where between classes he gets to hang around and chill like the cool kids and say hi to girls! Most importantly, he has the comfort of knowing his big brother, Junior, is there to help him navigate the trenches of his first year as a middle schooler. Rylan says he really appreciates how his brother looks out for him, introduces him to his friends, and gives him High-5 in the hallway. Rylan says, “He does all the things to help him feel accepted and protected…just as a big brother should.” Rylan loves to sing and recently had a chance to solo his favorite song “Move Forward” by Troy Sneed during a Youth Sunday service! He has a host of career aspirations which include: professional singer, District Attorney, and becoming President of the United States “So we can have church in the White House!” Rylan loves church, loves God’s people, and says with certainty, “I’m in love with Jesus and He’s in love with me!” He’s still working on receiving the Holy Ghost and says he “almost got it” when he went worth in praise a couple Sundays ago! Two influential people in Rylan’s life are Sis. Tawanda Bowe (who loves him like a 2nd Mom) and Youth Pastor Michael Watson (who loves him as a big brother and mentor). Rylan is the super-sleuth of the family. He has a knack for finding anything that’s gone missing! Some of his favorite things are: Dad’s homemade mac n’ cheese, Mom’s homemade corn pudding, French fries, the colors red, black, and gold, Nike Huaraches, Kevin Hart, Vin Diesel, the Fast & Furious movie franchise, and Gabrielle Union!
THE PRINCESS: Rayne Renee’ (aka “Raynella”, “Rogertha”, and “Gert” – it really depends on what Dad is feeling at the moment!) Rayne will be 10 y/o in October. She’s a 4th grader at Stonewall Tell Elementary. Her favorite subjects are Science and Math, as she is great with numbers and is a wiz at scientific experiments! Rayne has the honored distinction of being a straight A student since she first started schooling! Her personal goal is to keep that A-streak going until she graduates high school and even on into college! Like her brothers, she too has various career aspirations which include: a Chef (creating delectable edibles), a Food Critic (with her own Youtube Channel), or an Entrepreneur (owning a bakery). Rayne loves to bake and makes all of her desserts from scratch. She is known for her baking concoctions, as she calls it! Her most interesting, yet quite tasty treat is made of FunYuns and Snack Cakes. It’s a sweet n’ salty treat for the more advanced palate (so don’t knock it til you’ve tried it)! Though cooking will be the main focus of her Youtube Channel, Rayne will also teach DIYs (Do-It-Yourself) for crafts and other fun experiments that cater to the creative minds of kids. Rayne is being raised as the model little church lady. She has all the frills, glitz, and glam that makes up the “high fashion” of church, but most importantly she has a relationship with the Lord. She enjoys the excitement of church and loves seeing people get blessed. Rayne is a great orator. She has strong presence, confidence, and understands how to project her voice. Auntie Angela (Dist. Miss’ry Angela Ollie) is one of her greatest inspirations. Rayne says Auntie Angela is so loving and unselfish to help her brother and other kids by tutoring them with their school work, because she wants to see every RWC kid succeed! Some of Rayne’s favorite things are: keychains, Kevin hart, Tyler Perry movies, WWE Raw Wrestler Roman Reigns, Mom’s homemade Zucchini & Corn Salad, Mom’s homemade Southwest Lime Chicken, and Hibachi restaurants!
To their parents delight, each of the Randle Kids professes salvation! They have full understanding of what it means to accept Christ as their personal savior with the blessed expectation of living eternally with Him. By default of being PKs, they are all active in ministry (as if they had a choice)! Junior sings on the Praise Team and is a fill-in drummer. Rylan is a Jr. Deacon, and Rayne is a Greeter and Jr. Usher! Both Rylan and Rayne enjoying singing and may look to join the Praise Team with Junior one day. Junior and Rylan have both received prophetic words that the call to preach is upon their lives. Though they welcome and embrace the Lord’s calling, they fully understand it’s to happen in due time after proper development. So for now, they just love the Lord and work in ministry wherever Mom and Dad place them!
Each of the Randle Kids has a special and unique connection with their Mom and Dad. Pastor and 1st Lady have taken great care to develop meaningful relationships with each one so that no one ever feels they are lacking in love and attention. The brothers enjoy Father/Son time going to the barber shop and sneaker shopping. Pastor uses these outings to impart wisdom that helps them mature as well-rounded young men who possess integrity, strength, and honor. In 1st Lady Randle, Rayne has the perfect example of womanhood to shape her life. Whether it’s Mommy/Daughter days spent shopping, or learning new dinner recipes, 1st Lady is patient and attentive to provide Rayne the tools needed to develop as both a young lady and a woman of God.
The Randle Kids have been bitten by the showbiz bug and would like to pursue appropriate opportunities in the entertainment industry. By their accounts, from the first time they had ANY role in a production…”a star was born!” Junior once played the Scarecrow during his school’s 4th grade production of The Wiz! During the last school year, Rylan gave his rendition of “Finger Tips” when he portrayed Steve Wonder for his school’s Motown Revue. Rayne likes creating characters and developing storylines. She’s played various roles in church skits. In April 2016, The Randle Kids were afforded the opportunity to enroll in the South Fulton Arts Series, a summer program for music and arts. Keep your eyes and ears open for The Randle Kids, as you might see them on the big screen one day!
Did you know?... The Randle Kids have extremely weird taste buds! Junior licks his armpit to taste his deodorant (his favorite “flavors” are Oldspice and Dove Men+Care)…Rylan used to drink hand sanitizer and eat Chapstick…and after Rayne bites her fingernails to the nubs, then she chews off her toenails! Yep!...just your typical kid shenanigans!
August Member Spotlight
MOTHER MINNIE BOYER WHITE
Presenting Mother Minnie Boyer White (affectionately called “Mother Minnie”)! She was born October 12th in Atlanta, GA at Mclendon Hospital (the only hospital that treated black patients at the time). She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jack and Brady Boyer (both deceased). She has three deceased brothers (Robert, Roosevelt, and Nathaniel), and a surviving sister, Minister Jacqueline Boyer-Swan. Mother Minnie is a divorcée and from her marriage she bore three sons: Roderick, Wilbert Jr., and Christopher. She is the very proud grandmother of three grandsons and three granddaughters.
Mother Minnie accepted Christ when she was 14 y/o. She was attending a revival where her uncle, Bishop Baby Stokes, preached a message titled “Lord, If You Get Me Out Of This I Will Do Something For You!” That message struck such concern in her that she received salvation that night, so as to avoid needing to beg God to rescue her later on! LOL! In her 20’s she received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the historic Hinsley Temple COGIC in Atlanta (Elder Luther Hinsley, Founder).
In 2004, Mother Minnie retired after 20 years of employment with local government. She spent her career as an Administrative Assistant, working for the City of Atlanta Water Department and Dekalb County Fire & EMS Trauma Services. In addition to her administrative acumen, Mother Minnie has a creative flair in arts and crafts! In 1990, she started her first clothing and artisan jewelry business called Crafts-A-Plenty. She would create and design her products, load up her boys, and they would travel across Georgia setting up vendor booths at craft shows. It was lucrative, fun, and it taught her children the value of hard work. She made her last craft show appearance in 2002, just prior to retirement. Not to rest on her gift too long, in 2003 Mother Minnie started her second business, From Heaven Down, designing floral arrangements and gift baskets. From Heaven Down is yet thriving, as Mother Minnie is the in-house floral designer here at Redeeming Word Church. She receives most clients by word of mouth. Her gift has made room for her!
Mother Minnie is an accomplished scholar! In 1982 she graduated from Atlanta Metropolitan College (formerly Atlanta Junior College) having earned an Associate’s degree in Psychology. Being a wife, mother, and career woman; many years would pass before she would then go on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College), graduating Cum Laude (Latin for “with honor/praise”) in 2012! Yet aspiring towards higher learning, Mother Minnie is set to begin classes at Luther Rice College & Seminary on September 4th to pursue a Masters degree in Biblical Counseling. Ultimately, Mother Minnie’s ideal post-retirement plan is to utilize her classroom (and bible) knowledge to offer Christian Counseling within the confines of the church. Mother Minnie knows there is such a need for mental health healing within the body of Christ, but few resources within the church.
Mother Minnie joined RWC in July 2016. Her sister, RWC member, Minister Boyer-Swan, invited her to the 2014 Prophetic Conference. For two years later she would continue to visit until the Lord spoke to her one Sunday saying, “This is where you need to be.” In full obedience, she joined RWC and has been flourishing and flowing in ministry since! Mother Minnie says aside from the Word of the Lord, what drew her to RWC was the palpable love that Pastor and 1st Lady Randle have for the members and how their love is reflected in the attitude of the members. She says, "From leadership to lay-members everyone is so loving, warm, and friendly." Mother Minnie also says 1st Lady Randle is the perfect complement to Pastor Randle. She is so down to earth, approachable and personable!
Mother Minnie has an endearing love for Pastor and 1st Lady Randle, in one respect, as an elder mother, she sees them as her children, yet she has an uncompromised level of reverence for them as her ministry leaders. She says, through Pastor’s teaching and preaching she learns so much and there is always new revelation. With utmost respect, Mother Minnie exclaims, “That boy can preach! He’s a learned man who spends time in the presence of the Lord.” Mother Minnie believes it is this type of bible-based, unadultered teaching of the Word that many churches are lacking, thus we are losing the world because we’ve become so gray and blended in with the world.
Mother Minnie envisions RWC as a ministry that will touch the world with the Word of God. She says, “Our borders are expanding because our leadership is expanding. There is too much in Pastor Randle that can’t be contained to a local assembly.” Mother also believes our ministry will become a "one-stop shop" in that we will become a resource to provide what’s needed in our communities (e.g. family counseling, tutoring, employment, etc).
On Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, Mother Minnie received the worthy and befitting appointment of Church Mother at Redeeming Word Church! Mother Minnie's life purpose is to help all of God’s children (friend or stranger) as the Lord has given her the grace to bear other’s burdens while empowering them to begin again on the right track. She says, “Through prayer and the gift of discernment, I always see the need and the Lord shows me what resources would be most effective and how to provide it.” Her heart and home has been a safe haven for many. Anyone who comes to her home is family! She gets such joy in loving on people in a motherly way. One thing that can surely be said about Mother Minnie…she will feed you, clothe you, and be sure you have a place to stay.
A self-proclaimed Criminologist, when Mother Minnie isn’t busy helping others or serving in ministry, she’s home relaxing watching her favorite crime-drama shows: CSI, Criminal Minds, NCIS, or Law & Order. Mother says she knows all the ways to “get rid of the body!” LOL!
Mother Minnie’s favorite scripture is - I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread. (Psalm 37:25). Her greatest inspiration in life was her grandmother, Minnie “Muh” Carter, for whom she was named. Mother Minnie remembers how Muh had a perseverant spirit. She pushed through because she had to.
Did you know?...Mother Minnie is a huge Sci-Fi and Comic-Con fan! She attends the annual Atlanta Comic Convention, dressed in full regalia. For this year’s conference in September, her costume will be Lieutenant Uhura, the 1st black female on Star Trek, played by Nichelle Nichols!
July Member Spotlight
DISTRICT MISSIONARY ANGELA OLLIE
Dist Miss’ry Ollie is an Air Force veteran who served her country with honor. Of her many military recognitions, she was awarded the distinguished ‘Airman of the Year’. After 15 years of active duty service she was granted an early retirement. She was honorably discharged in 1998 with the rank of Tech Sergeant. While on active duty she was deployed to Iran for six months during Operation Desert Storm. Her occupational specialty (job) in the Air Force was Finance, which was the catapult into her civilian career in teaching Mathematics. Dist Miss’ry Ollie’s career field is in Education, specifically as a Math Teacher. She has taught Math in all grade levels, from kindergarten to high school. For the past 10 years she’s been on faculty at Bear Creek Middle School, teaching 6th grade pre-Algebra and 7th grade accelerated Algebra. Her career pinnacle is to become an Instructional Math Coach! In this role she would instruct math teachers on the best strategies to teach Mathematics to students who are preparing for college.
Did you know?...Dist Miss'ry Ollie speaks a secondary language! From elementary through high school she learned to speak fluent French. This exceptional skill once granted her the opportunity to take a special trip to the cities of Montreal and Quebec (Canada)!
June Member Spotlight
SISTER MARIA ANTOINETTE ARMSTRONG
Introducing Maria “Tiny” Armstrong! She was born on March 11th
in Mobile, AL and is the daughter of Mary and John Slade. She has the distinct
pleasure of being the baby-brat sibling of three older sisters: Angela,
Melissa, and Marianne. During childhood, though her parents didn’t regularly go
to church, Maria’s grandmother, Hattie Loyd (“Gram”), ensured she attended and
that she knew the Lord at an early age. She received salvation around 12 y/o at
Phillips Temple Apostolic Overcoming Holy Church of God (AOH COG) in Mobile.
However, it was later in her adult life that she made an informed personal
commitment to allow God to be the Lord of her life.
Maria graduated Murphy High School in 1991. She was an athlete who played Volleyball, Basketball, and ran Track. She was also part of a community cheerleading squad and dance team! After graduating high school, Maria enrolled in Bishop State Community College (Mobile), in 1992. She disenrolled from school after becoming pregnant, and later had to take some significant personal time to recover from the death of her son, Joshua DaJohn. Joshua was carried to full term; however, he was stillborn on August 18, 1993. During this time of significant loss, Maria’s family comforted her, the Lord restored her, and she was soon married months later in November. From her marriage was born one daughter, Shermier. Maria and Shermier have a tight mother/daughter bond. They are each other’s bestfriend and greatest supporter. Shermier graduated from the University of South Alabama in May 2017, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She aspires to open a Sports Training Facility. Shermier also has a burgeoning modeling career! She is currently signed to Pure Love Modeling Agency booking high profile campaigns, and has been a featured model at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans!
Maria moved to Atlanta in May 2008 seeking a fresh start following her divorce after 15 years of marriage. Not long after moving to Atlanta, she had to make a brief return to Mobile for three weeks. Back in Mobile she began attending the 12noon Prayer service at Showers of Blessings COGIC (Pastor Charles Buchanan). She received counsel from Pastor Buchanan and some of the elders who encouraged her during that season of transition and unrest. Upon returning to Atlanta, Pastor Buchanan continued to counsel Maria and advised her to start attending service at Anointed Word Evangelistic Tabernacle COGIC (Bishop Bobby Henderson). She visited a few times and later learned Pastor Buchanan would be in Atlanta for a revival…at Redeeming Word Church! Maria came to support Pastor Buchanan’s at RWC and returned again so she could hear Pastor Randle preach…and the rest is history! Maria joined RWC in the winter of 2009. The Lord favored her to refresh, reconnect, and redeem time!
Maria has great love for Pastor and 1st Lady Randle. She says "They are personable people who listen to you without judgment or criticism. They lovingly correct you while holding you to a place of accountability and reconciliation.” Though not holding the title of Prophet, the Lord does use Maria prophetically. She says the Lord has shown her that RWC is not going to be a normal COGIC church and Pastor Randle will not be the traditional COGIC Pastor. Maria says, “We are an out-of-the-box ministry…we are “glory carriers” who don’t fit the cookie cutter mold of traditional church.” Maria has a unique anointing in that the Lord shows her spiritual things through visions, and she sees angelic visitations. She has an intensive prayer life and a burden for intercessory prayer. She believes this is a mantle passed to her from her biological father, who is also an intercessor. As an intercessor, Maria often experiences physical attacks while in warfare on behalf of others. God has strengthened her and given her grace to bear this burden, as it is not for the weak or weary. In addition to being a Chief Intercessor, Maria is head of the Nurturing Ministry, providing guidance to new members and support for those who are sick or otherwise need support. She formerly served as an Adjutant to 1st Lady Randle.
Knowing it’s never too late to finish what you’ve started; Maria returned to Bishop State CC and earned her Associates degree in Accounting in 2004! She made two appearances on the Dean’s List, and was named a Who’s Who Among College Students. Additionally, she had the privilege of completing a work-study program under the head of Accounting. Her employment background is in Administration and Finance. She has held positions at Pro Data Systems, Inchcape Shipping, and Norton Lilly International. Maria is currently employed at VCG Consultants, LLC. in midtown Atlanta as an Account Specialist.
As a woman impassioned about helping others, her willingness to empower and motivate makes her a great accountability partner to anyone seeking to achieve personal goals. Maria once dreamed of purchasing abandoned buildings and renovating/converting them into homeless shelters and transitional houses. She is yet seeking the Lord about an entrepreneurial venture where she would offer consulting services in the public school system, teaching money management to children as young as 6th grade. She believes that is the perfect grade to learn the value of a hard earned dollar, as they are soon coming of age to get work permits.
Maria touts herself as a GREAT cook! Two of her favorite homemade recipes are Chicken Salad and holiday Dressing. Adding to her skill set, she’s also a talented creative writer; penning poetry and short stories. Maria’s wind down time consists of reading, music, or a lush spa day! She’s looking forward to vacationing in the Bahamas (preferably on her honeymoon…or a girls-getaway…or with her daughter…whichever happens first!)
An interesting family secret came to light when Maria was 34 y/o. She learned that the man she’d always called her Godfather (Bobby Pritchett, Sr.) was actually her biological father! Throughout her life of close interaction with her “Godfather” she always felt an inexplicable connection with him. With this revelation, her siblings instantly grew in number, as she acquired three more sisters and a brother! Over the past few years, Maria and her Dad have enjoyed learning more about each other and cultivating their new found father/daughter bond.
Maria’s greatest inspiration in life is her late Gram. At the end of her life she made a remarkable effort to “get it right” with everyone she knew. She loved the Lord and came up in the olden church. Though she was brash and a staunch disciplinarian, she made sure all her grands where in church and knew the Lord at an early age. Maria says, “Before passing, she showed us all, by example, the importance of having peace with everyone, because tomorrow isn’t promised.”
Did you know?...Maria’s family calls her “Tiny” because she was a premature baby. Born at six-month’s gestation, weighing less than a pound, she nearly made the Guinness Book of World Records!
May Member Spotlight
Meet Gregory “Greg” Besteda! His family affectionately calls him “Fat Man” because he was a chunky little baby! Greg will be 16 years old in November. He is the only son of Sis. Letitia Besteda and has two older sisters, Rayven and Ashtine’. Greg was born in Mobile, AL. He and his family relocated to Atlanta in 2014. Though Greg is settling well in Atlanta, he looks forward to visiting Mobile about four times a year to catch up with his extended family, and his best friends – Montaj and Brazil.
Upon arriving to Atlanta, Greg attended Shiloh Middle School (Snellville). He is now a 9th grade high school student enrolled in Georgia Connections Academy. GCA is an online, independent-studies program where students follow the same curriculum as their classroom peers, but have the flexibility to learn at their own pace and schedule outside of the classroom. Greg really likes this nontraditional form of education, as it enables him to learn without distractions. His favorite subjects are Honors Algebra and Honors Biology! Greg is a proud Honor Roll student, having made multiple appearances on the all As and As-Bs lists! He plans to take advanced courses (a grade level above) so that he can graduate early! Greg is beginning to think about life after high school. He’s considering attending Florida State University to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine (though Mom strongly hopes he’ll consider Georgia State University)! Greg loves football and aspires to try-out for the Seminoles as a walk-on. In middle school he played the positions of linebacker and defensive end, but would like to play corner or safety in college.
Aside from academics and athletics, Greg is your typical teen who loves social media! His platform of choice is Youtube! His Youtube channel is starting to build quite a following, climbing to nearly 200 subscribers who enjoy his “Challenge” videos! A couple of his best Challenges are Chubby Bunny and Warheads! Greg is also an amazing cook and now does most of the cooking for the family! He’s great on the grill and makes a very savory spaghetti dish! When he’s not Youtubing or cooking, he likes to just chill out watching ESPN. However, lately he’s mainly focused on wrapping up this year of high school and finding a summer job!
Shortly after moving to Atlanta, Greg and his family joined Redeeming Word Church. They became active in ministry and really enjoy the true fellowship amongst the saints. Greg is proud to say that it is at Redeeming Word where he made his own personal decision to receive salvation at 14 years old. As it relates to spiritual matters, one thing that Greg holds dear is a prophetic word he received during a Prophetic Conference at Redeeming Word…that there is a “call to preach” upon his life. Greg fully embraces this calling and will yield himself to being developed in the Lord’s timing. Greg really appreciates Pastor Randle as a positive role model and mentor. He listens attentively, gleaning instruction and inspiration to help him with “life stuff” as a teen. He loves 1st Lady Randle because of her gentle nature and he says, “She’s really nice!” Greg has served as an Armorbearor to Pastor Randle and an Usher. As a young man in ministry, he’s building friendships with other youth and young adults as he’s working to become more involved in Youth Department activities.
Greg is closely bonded with his Mom and sisters. At the first of the year they all spontaneously loaded up and took a family roadtrip to New York, Virginia, and DC! This family unit is so tightly woven that they simply say “it’s us four and no more!” As the only son, Greg is very protective of his sisters. Likewise, as the youngest sibling, his sisters are very protective of him. Most times you’ll see all three of them hanging out together. Greg has an endearing love for his Mom and says, “She’s my every thing.”
Greg’s greatest inspiration in life is his great-grandfather, Mr. Arlee Carmichael (affectionately called “Daddy”). Daddy, who passed away in 2015, was a man of God who possessed great wisdom, patience, and love. Greg says, “Daddy always encouraged me to stay in school, stay motivated, and always keep God first in my life.” Greg’s personal motto can be found in scripture – Mark 9:23 “…all things are possible to him that believeth.”
Greg has not one, but THREE favorite scriptures: Romans 8:28, I Corinthians 2:9, and Jeremiah 29:11. He says during his prayer time he always acknowledges God’s goodness that protects him from the trappings of young adulthood, and for keeping his family healthy and together. He believes in having designated prayer time, before bed and when he wakes up. He says, “God will give you the answers you need when you seek Him in prayer.” It’s because of his prayer life and relationship with God that Greg is able to effectively give the right words for the right situation, when his friends need to hear the right thing at the right time.
Did you know?...Greg was so committed to the New Year Fast & Consecration, that he still HAS NOT consumed any sodas or fastfood! Five months in and holding strong…
April Member Spotlight
EVANGELIST VANESSA D. HILL
Meet Evangelist Vanessa D. Hill….affectionately known as “Niecy” by family and friends! Vanessa was born on December 28th in Columbus, GA. Though she was the third of seven children, she was actually raised as an only child. Her parents separated when she was an infant and by a unique occurrence of events, her mother moved to Atlanta, taking her six siblings. Vanessa remained in Columbus where she was raised by her father, Jimmy Hill, and his sister, Gertha Mae Williams. Aunt Gertha legally adopted her at 7-weeks-old. Vanessa completed high school and later enrolled in the Nursing Program at Chattahoochee Valley Community College (CVCC) in Phenix City, AL located just outside of Columbus. She was a full time student from 1988-1992. Just six months shy of graduating, she had to withdraw to assist in caring for her grandmother’s failing health. Sadly, Mrs. Rebecca “Bigmama” Hill passed away in 1992. Bigmama’s life, love, and legacy made an indelible mark on Vanessa’s life.
In October 1994, Vanessa moved to Atlanta. She was a single mom in her mid-20s. Moving to Atlanta afforded her the chance to build a relationship with her biological mother and siblings, as well as pursue better employment opportunities. This move proved to be all part of God’s desired plan for her life. Not only was she able to reconnect and bond with her maternal side of the family, but a new career awaited her. After working as a Medical Assistant for a couple of years, she accepted a Customer Service position with Crawford & Company Insurance firm in Atlanta. This entry level position was the springboard that catapulted her now very successful career in Insurance. God always has a divine plan, of which, we usually walk into it unaware.
Over a nearly 25-year career in the Insurance industry, Vanessa has held key positions at Crawford & Company, American International Group (AIG) Insurance, and Liberty Mutual Insurance. She is now an Independent Claims Adjuster contracted with State Farm Insurance. Vanessa has proven herself to be a valued asset at every company she’s worked for. Her exceptional service has garnered her 'Best Manager' awards, promotions, bonuses, and the undeniable respect of her peers and those in upper management. Vanessa has created programs, written training manuals, and instituted best practice policies that are still effectively being utilized. Throughout her career, she has trained well over 100 Insurance Adjusters. She is a Certified Claims Adjuster in 17 states! Each state requires a comprehensive training course. She most recently received certification in New York and Hawaii; two of the most difficult states to become certified in. As an independent contractor, Vanessa travels extensively for several months at a time. She is currently on assignment with State Farm working in Florida as a Senior Litigation Adjuster where she manages multiple areas of claims (eg. worker’s compensation, injuries, incidents, accidents, etc).
Having risen through the ranks in her field, Vanessa is now poised to turn the page and begin a new, challenging, yet very exciting chapter! She is in the fledgling stages of launching her own business – Insurance Handlers of America! Her program will offer training for new adjusters and course credits for those currently in the industry. Through networking, and on the strength of her proven track record, she has attracted the interest of many who are set and ready to enroll when her program launches in June 2018! Ever the astute business professional, Vanessa believes in letting your money work for you! She plans to keep the cost of her overhead low by taking advantage of the “virtual classroom” online training platform. Insurance Handlers of America will offer convenient web-based training where students can login and learn remotely from wherever they are across the globe! However, most courses will be offered in a traditional onsite classroom environment.
Vanessa has the distinction of being a founding member of Redeeming Word Church! She was there at the first bible study held at AmeriSuites hotel in June 2005. She jokes that as a founding member, she has never “officially joined” nor received the right hand of fellowship…so she’s free to uprise and revolt if she wants to! LOL! Vanessa was a member of Anointed Word Evangelistic Tabernacle COGIC (Bishop Bobby Henderson), where she’d joined right after moving to Atlanta. She is a licensed Evangelist having received her credentials in the early 2000s. She has been honored to accept many speaking engagements, to include a One Night Revival she hosted in Germany in 2012, where many souls were saved and delivered! Vanessa is an effective teacher, gifted singer, and talented praise dancer. However, her fervency for intercession is how she feels the Lord makes best use of her vessel. She has a strong deliverance ministry with an anointing to “pray through” until true deliverance takes place. She has no reservation or fear in calling out demonic manifestations, or casting down strongholds. Vanessa knows the Lord has called her to a consecrated life of prayer and fasting so that captives can be set free.
Vanessa is COGIC born and raised! She received salvation at 19 years old. Her first recollection of speaking in tongues was at home during her own prayer time. As she went forth in prayer and worship the evidence of tongues began to flow! In Columbus, she came up in Walker Temple COGIC under the late Supt. Thomas Walker (now Philippians COGIC, Supt. Ronnie Duckworth). Upon moving to Atlanta, Supt. Duckworth told her to “plant yourself some place where you can grow”. After 11 faithful years of membership at Anointed Word, Vanessa indeed is now planted, flourishing, and nurturing others in ministry at Redeeming Word Church. She says, “I appreciate how Redeeming Word has not only helped me grow, but affords me the space to walk in and further develop my calling.” Her relationship with Pastor Randle is that of brother and very dear friend, as they have known each other from the days of Anointed Word. She respects Pastor Randle for his integrity, strong character, and being a man whom she’s not ashamed to call “my Pastor”. Vanessa adores 1st Lady Randle. She calls her a genuine lover of people who keeps a blanket of prayer cloaked over the members of Redeeming Word. Vanessa’s revelatory outlook of Redeeming Word Church is that "we are a mega ministry…regardless of our strength in numbers." She expresses that Pastor Randle has an uncompromising level of holiness through which the effective power of the Holy Ghost can operate. This standard of untainted and unrestrained holiness is what makes Redeeming Word a mega ministry. She says, “Indeed I see us growing in numbers, but the foundation of holiness will never change and that’s what mega ministry is.”
Vanessa is the mother of one daughter, Veanna Hill-Mumuni, and has one grandson, 3-year-old Stephen. Of her six siblings, one is deceased, and the other five live in the metro-Atlanta area. She has a host of nieces and nephews and enjoys sharing quality time with her extended family. Vanessa is known as the constant comedian who’s always able to lighten the mood or keep the party going! As a mother, grandmother, business woman, and minister…she spends a great amount of time on the go and interacting with people. So, during her downtime she likes to take in the sights and sounds of nature and natural habitats…walking in the park, feeling the wind in her face, duck watching, and sitting by the water. Vacation time is always in order and she looks forward to another trip to Jamaica!
Vanessa credits her Aunt Margie as her greatest inspiration. She admires her strength, prayer life, and constant encouragement. Aunt Margie lives in Columbus. They talk on a regular basis and look forward to seeing each other a couple times a year. Being a woman about business, her personal mantra is “Git ‘er done!” …which simply means find a way take it happen!
Did you know?...Vanessa once discovered a dead body IN CHURCH!! One evening as a teen, she'd made a personal commitment to arrive to church on time. Upon arrival, she casually greeted one of the mothers who would come early to clean the church. After speaking twice with no response, Vanessa approached the woman of God and discovered she had expired! Vanessa literally ran out of her shoes...close to giving up the ghost herself!
March Member Spotlight
BARBARA DENISE DOUGLAS
Introducing Ms. Barbara D. Douglas! Barbara is a certified “Grady Baby”, born June 10, 1964 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA. She is the mother of 3 sons: Don (37 y/o), Jeff (34 y/o), and Tim (30 y/o); and 2 daughters: Temp (27 y/o) and Moonk (26 y/o). Barbara also shares her love with 7 grandchildren (5 boys, 2 girls).
Barbara attended Sylvan High School and later transferred to J.E. Brown High School, where she graduated. Her employment background has been Clerical Support and Customer Service. Ever seeking personal development and professional advancement, Barbara has been a student at Atlanta Area Tech, taking courses in the Licensed Practical Nurse program and Early Childhood Development program. Currently, she is enrolled in the Cosmetology program, fine tuning her natural talent as a hair stylist. She is on track to graduate in May 2018 as a licensed Cosmetologist! With earned credentials and a strong clientele base, her end goal is to become her own boss as Owner/Operator of “Amazing Touch Beauty and Nail Salon”!
There is one career choice that Barbara wants to pursue that is more of a labor of love than a business venture. It’s her dream to start a transitional home for young women, “because life is hard and the streets are tough.” She wants to create a safe place for younger women to take refuge from abuse at the hands of others, and themselves. This dream is inspired by her own astonishing life experiences. The synopsis of Barbara’s life is the dichotomous “tragedy to triumph” story…where only the strong survive by the power of God.
Barbara was raised in the church. From childhood she was taught to love the Lord, love your family, and live for God. However, the messages of love she heard at church were a far cry from the lack of love in her home. Her home life was tumultuous. Both of her parents lacked the cognitive tools to nurture, love, and positively affirm her. Her mother was the neighborhood bootlegger. She also manufactured and sold drugs in the home. Her father was physically abusive and an alcoholic. Though drugs and violence in the home was common place, Barbara remained focused on her studies and tried to avoid the triggers of her parents. Soon, violence outside of the home would visit her in school when she was raped at age 15 by a fellow classmate. She held this secret, telling no one, bearing this traumatic experience alone.
By her early 20s, Barbara began to experiment with drugs which were easily accessible to her at home. By her late 20s/early 30s she was a full blown addict, subjecting herself to crack binges, alcohol abuse, and prostitution. She and her children’s father began to manufacture and sell drugs. She would suffer severe beatings from their father, himself an addict, who forced her into criminal activity. Barbara’s children were her main focus for survival. However, after multiple incarcerations, and nearly 10 stints in rehab facilities, she ultimately lost custody of her children when they were signed over to their paternal grandmother. While this was the best situation for them, it was a devastating blow to Barbara and sent her further in a downward spiral of addiction. During the lowest points of her life she was raped by a police officer, pistol whipped, sexual exploited, and suffered numerous physical assaults.
In 2004, Barbara was shot and nearly died. The bullet caused life threatening damage to her large intestine. She was comatose for 1 ½ months and required 23 surgeries. Barbara had to learn to walk, talk, write, and feed herself again…everything that most take for granted had to be reintroduced to her and relearned. Thirteen years later, Barbara is a physically strong, high-spirited grandmother with the only tell-tale sign of this tragedy being that her right arm is shorter than her left. Inexplicably, she lost the ability to fully extend her right arm, which was in no way affected by the shooting. For Barbara, it makes for a great conversation piece. Whenever she is asked about it, it’s her opportunity to tell her testimony of survival!
Barbara joined Redeeming Word Church in the summer of 2011. She lived across the street from the church and often sat and watched all the “nicely dressed, good looking people” come and go. She had been attending another church in the neighborhood, but felt her spirit gravitating toward RWC though to this point she’d still never visited. One weekend, RWC was having a Summer Festival in the church parking lot. By the time Barbara decided to walk over, the festival was closing down and most of the saints and visitors were gone. However, she struck up conversation with 1st Lady Randle and Sis. Natalie Ramsey. They fixed her a plate, prayed with her, and invited her to visit for worship service. With that invitation she visited again, and joined the ministry…plus it helped that the church next door relocated!
Even after becoming a member of RWC, Barbara was still entangled with the yoke of addiction and abuse. Her presence was missed as she began to hit n’ miss in church attendance. To this day, she and Pastor Randle laugh about the Saturday when he and a couple saints drove up on her in the neighborhood. They found her sitting on the porch swinging her legs, with her Wild Irish Rose wine and Earthquake beer…totally caught off guard by the Pastor’s “drive by”! Having a shepherd’s heart filled with compassion, void of judgment and condemnation, Pastor Randle talked with her a little while. He then left and shortly returned with dinner from Popeye’s and an encouraging word to "get back in the safety of the Lord’s house." Barbara’s excuse was that she had nothing to wear…to that, Pastor retorted, “I got you.”
On that Sunday morning, Barbara was terribly ill. Years of substance abuse had taken its toll and she felt literally at the point of death. In her words she described that morning as “I could not breathe…I couldn’t get out of bed…I was just there…in a bad place…I felt myself dying that morning.” One of the saints, Dr. Blanche Bello, came by her home with a dress for her to wear to church. Though her physical body was weak and battered, her spirit-man was fighting to survive. Barbara says, “I got myself together, put on that dress and my matted wig, and walked across the street and went to church.” That weekend marked a pivotal point that forever changed the narrative of her story. God sent Pastor Randle and the RWC saints to rescue Barbara from certain death. This year Barbara D. Douglas is entering her 5th year of being CLEAN AND SOBER since September 9, 2012!! Living a life free of bondage is the reason behind her exuberant praise! “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” –Psalm 118:23
Barbara says, “For so long I wasn’t strong enough to fight on my own, but I had a WILL to live, and that will gave God something to work with. His strength was made perfect in my weakness. When faith was all I had, it was ultimately all that I needed. I knew my Daddy (Father God) would come to rescue me, and today I don’t look like what I’ve been through!" Barbara knows God spared her life so that she can share the story of redemption with other young women. She is drawn to minister to ladies who are dealing with adverse situations as the result of poor decisions, and to those who don’t have a strong support system. She says, “I share with them my testimony that God can and WILL deliver you from the worst case scenarios of life if you TRUST Him and cast ever care upon Him, because the Lord cares for you.” Barbara’s favorite passages of scripture are Psalms 51 & 121. She loves the Word of God and appreciates the sound, practical teaching ministry of Pastor Randle. Barbara adores her RWC family! It was the love of Pastor, 1st Lady, and the RWC saints that nurtured her to a place of personal healing. She says the love in our ministry is like a magnet…you’re drawn to it and it sticks to you!
Barbara stays busy enjoying life and fully embracing every experience! She loves cookouts and family gatherings. She is so grateful that God is steadily rebuilding her relationships with her children. Every moment she can spend with them and her grands is a cherished one. Her prayer is that God will continue to groom her as a mother and grandmother, and that her life remains a witness to them of God’s power to heal, deliver, and set free. Barbara also enjoys redecorating her home, crafting, crocheting and knitting. She loves to travel and hopes to soon visit one of her good girlfriends in Jacksonville, FL.
Barbara says there are two women who are most influential and inspirational to her life. One is her Aunt Sharon (her mother’s sister). Like Barbara, Aunt Sharon survived years of substance abuse, and today lives a Godly life. The other is the critically acclaimed actress, Angela Bassett. She admires her grace and sophistication; and how she portrays roles where women are strong, smart survivors!
Did you know?…Barbara has a green thumb! Whether pruning, planting, or re-potting she has a knack for making flowers flourish! She loves to keep flowers in and around the home. Her favorite is the Colocasia plant (aka ”the Elephant Ear”).
February Member Spotlight
KAYLA & KAMRAN BOWE
Meet siblings Kayla Danielle “Kayla-Bear” and Kamran Deron “Kam”! This dynamic duo is the charming daughter and precocious son of Tawanda Dukes-Bowe and K.D. Bowe. Kayla is 13 y/o and Kamran is 12 y/o. They share the same birth month of July. These children of promise (aka “Prophet Buchanan’s Babies”) were literally spoken into existence!
The testimony is…for 10 years Kayla and Kamran’s parents tried, unsuccessfully, to conceive. There was no medical diagnosis or known reason that prevented pregnancy. While attending a church service where Prophet Charles Buchanan was guest speaker, their mom received a prophetic word where the man of God simply said, “I see a baby!” Two months later, to mom and dad’s joyful surprise, they discovered they were pregnant! The Lord didn’t stop there…He gave them double for their trouble! Four months after the birth of their first, they were pregnant AGAIN! While the enemy can never stop the will of God, he’ll certainly try to complicate it. Kayla and Kamran were both born premature. Both were delivered at 7-months gestation, weighing a delicate 1lb 14oz and 2lbs 3oz, respectively. Today, Kayla and Kamran are thriving, healthy, brilliant young people who love the Lord and fully understand that God’s hand has always been upon them.
Kayla and Kamran are in 8th grade and 7th grade. They attend Sandtown Middle School, home of the Jaguars! Both have earned repeat appearances on the A/B Honor Roll! Kayla’s favorite subject is English, and Kamran’s is Math. Kayla is an avid reader who likes age-appropriate young adult stories. Kamran is a 2nd-year band student, blowing the trombone! Now that they’re in middle school, these two are starting to think about “What do I wanna be when I grown up?” They’ve decided their best career choices would be to capitalize on what they do best right now…talking and gaming!
Kayla is the mini-Oprah of her time, so it’s quite fitting that she aspires to be a Talk Show Host! She’s is a social butterfly who enjoys talking to and interacting with people. Amongst her cousins and friends, she’s THE go-to-girl for advice, support, comfort, and a little sassy commentary! She’s a great communicator who confidently expresses herself, sharing her insight on life from the perspective of a teen. She’s no doubt developed great communication skills from her dad - a prominent radio announcer and voice-over artist. Kayla plans to attend college to major in Journalism, with minor studies in Dance.
Kamran is a video-game enthusiast! Though he LOVES to play, his artistic interest is piqued by the engineering and technical aspects of how video games are created. Kamran wants to attend college to learn Video Game Design. He aspires to one day create a gaming platform that will be sold in stores! Kamran has tons of video games, but his favorite is Madden NFL 17! He is a huge Atlanta Falcons fan and his favorite player is Devonta Freeman (Falcons Running Back).
Aside from the joys of pre-teen/teen life, Kayla and Kamran are “church kids” who have been raised to love the Lord. They both enjoy going to church and participating in ministry. Kayla serves on the Praise Team and Dance Ministry. She says she will always use her voice to sing for the Lord. Kamran is a Junior Usher and a Junior Deacon-In-Training. He also believes he will be a preacher when he grows up. Kamran definitely has a great example to follow in ministry, as he looks up to Pastor Randle as a role model. Both Pastor and 1st Lady Randle keep a watchful eye over Kayla and Kamran, loving and guiding them as an aunt and uncle. Kayla and Kamran have a tight bond with The Randle Kids, they all hang out like cousins. They’ve even started a business together called "Us 5 Body Products"! Click here to place an order!
Kayla and Kamran are very family oriented. They always look forward to spending quality time with all their cousins, aunts/uncles, and extended family members. Kayla LOVES her family is very protective and sensitive about them. Kamran has the unique distinction of being the only grandson and only male cousin on his mother’s side (his maternal grandmother had 4 daughters, and his 3 aunts only have daughters)! Kayla and Kamran’s most memorable family time was a 4-day, 3-night cruise to the Bahamas in December 2015. These two love to travel and have high hopes to one day visit Paris, France!
Kayla and Kamran credit their parents as their greatest inspirations in life. Both mom and dad are very successful in business and ministry, and are providing them the necessary tools to be successful in their own right. Kayla enjoys having Spa Days with mom. It’s a full day of pampering...”hair, tips, and toes” and lots of shopping! Kamran and dad share important bonding moments just hanging out doing guy stuff like sports and haircuts. He says his dad gives him good advice that helps him make right decisions as he matures as a young man. Kamran also says he inherited his dad’s sense of “swag and style”!
Did you know?...Kayla is a huge fan of hip-hop dance! Her favorite dancers are brothers Ayleo and Mateo Bowles (aka “Ayo & Teo”), a trailblazing hip-hop dance team from Michigan! Kamran is a bonafide neat freak! He never has to be told to pick up after himself, as everything is already in its place!
January Member Spotlight
SISTER LETITIA B. BESTEDA
Introducing Ms. Letitia “Titia” Bonita
Allen-Besteda. Letitia was born on May 21st in Spanish Fort, Alabama. She is a
divorced mother of three: daughter Rayven Allen (a 20 y/o sophomore at Clark
Atlanta University), daughter Ashtine’ Besteda (a 17 y/o freshman at Georgia
State University), and son Gregory Besteda (a 15 y/o home-schooled 9th grader
at Georgia Connections Academy). She and her children moved to Atlanta in
December 2014 so that Rayven could attend college. For about three years prior,
Letitia contemplated relocating here, but then became disabled and out of work.
Once Rayven was accepted into Clark, it was the perfect opportunity to move,
and in fact, God-ordained.
Letitia currently works part-time as a substitute-teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools, teaching elementary through high school. Her career field is Finance. She’s held positions as a General Manager at TitleMax (5 years employed), and as a Mortgage Loan Officer at Mid-Town Mortgage (6 years employed). In May 2010, Letitia earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Faulkner University, a Christian school in Montgomery, AL. She has plans to enroll at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta to pursue a Masters degree in Christian Education.
Letitia joined Redeeming Word Church on February 21, 2016. She was introduced to the ministry through Sis. Maria Armstrong (RWC member and family friend from Alabama). They had met up at a Christmas event in December 2015 and Maria was wearing a t-shirt that said “I Love My Church”. Letitia inquired about her church, began attending services, and within weeks she and her family officially joined. She says not only did her spirit connect with the ministry, but her children enjoyed the services and the family-oriented environment. Letitia says, “What I love foremost about Redeeming Word Church is the leadership we have in Pastor & 1st Lady Randle. They present the gospel in a way that fosters your relationship with Jesus, rather than only coming from the perspective of condemnation for sin. They encourage your spiritual growth through a personal, intentional worship experience with God." Additionally, she says their transparency about life experiences helps her learn how to handle “life stuff”. Letitia also observes how her children have bonded with the 1st Family, and that they are growing in their own relationships with God.
Letitia grew up in church, raised in the admonition
of the Lord. Her home church was Right Spirit Ministries (Bishop Dupree Cook) a
non-denominational church in Spanish Fort. At the age of 16 y/o, she received
salvation AND the baptism of the Holy Ghost – in the same night – at a church
revival! She was at the altar tarrying in old school fashion, calling on the
name of “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” when she was filled with the Holy Ghost, with
the evidence of speaking in tongues! As a young adult, Letitia was a member of
the praise team group “Doo Wop”, 5-member ensemble who traveled locally with
Pastor Dupree Cook, setting the atmosphere of praise before the word came
As an RWC member, Letitia serves in ministry as a Greeter/Usher and Sunday School Teacher. As a Greeter/Usher, she understands she is the first representation of our ministry that both visitors and members encounter when they enter the door. She greets everyone with a warm hug and smile to prepare them for an awesome worship experience. As a Sunday School Teacher, she says this position is such a gift to her because it compels her to consistently study and meditate on the Word. She says, “It’s a humbling experience to be permitted to share the word of God from a teaching format. I take my time to read, study, and understand the Word myself. It’s a work I take very seriously.” When asked about her favorite scripture(s) Letitia replied with strong conviction, “All of it! The bible as a whole speaks to and guides my life, so every scripture is my favorite!” It was through reading and professing God’s word that Letitia experienced a notable miracle in her life…
In September 2010, Letitia began to experience severe physical ailments. She went from a working business professional to disabled and unemployed due to debilitating pain. She was being seen my multiple specialists and doctors, yet no one could definitively diagnose her condition. Over time she had been prescribed nearly 30 medications. For five years Letitia’s condition went unspecified and all that was provided was more medications. Upon moving to Atlanta in 2014, she was assigned a new doctor who began a fresh work-up of her physical state, and thus began the divine process of her healing. Her new doctor diagnosed her with Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Now that she knew specifically what her condition was, she could effectively war against it in prayer! Letitia shared with Pastor & 1st Lady the complexity of her diagnosis and they set themselves in agreement with her for total healing. In wisdom, she continued to take her medications as prescribed; however, in faith with each dosage she claimed healing according to Isaiah 53:5! In June 2016, at a night of corporate prayer, Letitia laid all of her medications on the altar as an expression of being free from infirmities. At a July 2016 doctor’s appointment, she was told her condition was in remission! This news was comforting, but she knew this was NOT the end result. In October 2016, tests showed there were no traces of Fibromyalgia, Lupus, or Rheumatoid Arthritis in her body and she could cease taking all prescribed medications! Letitia testifies that God has proven Himself as Jehovah-Rapha…the Lord who heals me!
Letitia loves to read Christian literature, Self-Help material, and Biographies…books that encourage and inspire her. She naturally has the gift of gab which she effectively uses to edify others. She’s a foodie with a palate that loves Italian and Mexican dishes! She also enjoys traveling and quiet personal time. Now that her children are older she values relating to them as young adults and learning from their perspective how they see the world. She and the kids enjoy family time playing board games and cooking together. They are all excited about a family road trip to New York later this month!
Letitia’s personal motto is “You can have whatsoever you say!”…one of the faith confessions of RWC (Mark 11:23). Her greatest inspirations are her maternal grandparents Arlee and Evelyn Carmichael (both deceased), affectionately called “Mama & Daddy”. She says they gave her the foundational tools needed to grow with Christ.
Did you know?...In October 2015 while vacationing in Los Angeles, Letitia happened upon a production set filming the TV program “Rosewood”. She finagled her way on set, hopped over a barricade, and convinced the show’s star, MORRIS CHESTNUT (her celebrity crush), to take a few pictures with her!