Our Staff

Our Staff Members

The staff at The True Church Of The Living Faith has spent many years committed to Christian service. Our staff enjoys serving our community, whether in sharing our faith or just lending a helping hand. Here are a few of The True Church Of The Living Faith's staff members, starting with Dr. Samuel Christian:

Dr. Samuel Christian  (Pastor)

Dr. Samuel Christian is a native of Atlanta, Called of God at an early age to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He studied and served for many years under the leadership of Dr. Joseph Ripley (The Body of Christ Christian Church International, USA). Dr. Christian went on to further his ministerial training under the direction of Dr. Mark T. Barkley, Supernatural Ministries Training Institute, where he graduated in June of 1995. Dr. Samuel obtained his Doctoral Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from Grace Bible Collage and Seminary. Dr. Samuel began his service as Sr. Pastor of The True Church of the Living Faith (T.T.C.O.T.L.F.) in July of 1995. He co-pastors with his wife, Dr. Ruby Christian. After receiving direction from God, the Vision for T.T.C.O.T.L.F. was established.
Through their years of dedication and commitment to God and the ministry, many lives have been transformed and restored by the Power of God's Word and the Ministry of T.T.C.O.T.L.F. Drs. Samuel & Ruby Christian were married on July 20, 1970. God has richly blessed them with four remarkable children and twelve wonderful grand-children, and one adorable great-granddaughter. Their children and grandchildren are all active members in the ministry.

Dr. Ruby Christian  (co-pastor)

Dr. Ruby Christian is the wife of Dr. Samuel Christian, Senior Pastor of The True Church of the Living Faith (T.T.C.O.T.L.F.), where she serves as Co-Pastor.  Dr. Ruby was born in Roanoke, Alabama.  She was trained and served for many years under the leadership of the founder and former pastor of T.T.C.O.T.L.F., Pastor Juanita Wilson.  She went on to further her education at Grace Bible Collage and seminary, where she received a Doctoral degree in Theology and Biblical Studies. Presently Dr. Ruby is enrolled in Kaplan University, working towards her degree in Psychology.

Drs. Ruby has been married to her husband Dr. Samuel Christian since July 20, 1970.  She is the mother of four remarkable children, twelve wonderful grandchildren, and one adorable great-grand-daughter.   Their children and grandchildren are all active members in the ministry.

Dr.  Ruby received the call to minister early in life, and has been used mightily of God for many years.   Her passion is teaching God's people practical application of the principles of God, as it relates to building and restoring the family union.  Her goal is teaching families to live victoriously at every stage of life.

Through years of dedication and commitment to God and the ministry, many lives have been transformed and restored by the Power of God's Word and the Ministry of T.T.C.O.T.L.F. 

 Elder John Jefferson Smith

Elder John Jefferson Smith was born in St. Lois, Missouri. He is married to Evangelist Sandra Smith. They have six children and ten grand children.

Elder Smith received an Associates Degree in Applied Science from State Community Collage in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Elder Smith accepted Christ in his life in 1963, and was called into ministry in 1964. He was ordained in the Church of God in Christ Congregational under the leadership of Bishop George Slack.

Elder Smith also served COGICC as youth president, and Chaplin of the Youth Education Welfare Organization. Elder Smith went on to serve an additional seven years under the leadership Bishop Robert Smith of COGICC.

From 1965-1967, Smith served in the U.S. Armed Forces as a medic. He enjoys listening to music and playing the bass guitar. Elder Smith has served at the TTCOTLF as a minister as well as a musician since 1997. His favorite Scripture is 1 Corinthians 15:5

Sandra James  (Minister)

Minister Sandra James has served at TTCOTLF as an Associate minister since 1997. She is the Director of “A City on A Hill Youth Ministry�. In addition to her many responsibilities, she is a praise and worship leader, an intercessor, and Vice President of the Leadership Team.

Minister James is a firm believer that everyone has hidden
potential yet to be discovered within them. The Lord has gifted her to inspire and empower others to emerge from the darkness, destruction, and helplessness that are brought about by the enemy. She encourages them to live the lives they were originally created
to live.

Lily Luhanga  (Minister)

Minister Lilly Luhanga is a native of Malawi, West Africa. She and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000, and became members of TTCOTLF shortly after their arrival. She has been married to her husband, Deacon Simeon Luhanga for 34 years.She is the mother of five children. Minister Luhanga serves at The True Church of the Living Faith as Associate Minister, a member of the Intercessory Prayer Team, Women’s Ministry, and a member of the Blessing Hands Committee.

Minister Lilly has served Dr. Ruby Christian as Assistant Armor Bearer for 7 years and as an altar worker for 4 years. She currently serves as Sunday school teacher and has done so for the past 9 years. Minister Lilly also serves on the Ministerial Staff as a preacher and teacher of the Word of God.

Earnest Allen  (Minister)

Minister Ernest Allen was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 28, 1948. He has been married to Minister Ann Allen since 1993.

He was a member of The Nation of Islam for approximately 27 years. He is now a born again Christian, who preaches The Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Minister Allen and his family joined The True Church of the
Living Faith in 1997, and continue to serve faithfully. His passion is to see men born again and restored to their rightful position in the home and society. He communicates hope to those that are bound by different types of substances.

Through the Power of Christ, he works diligently to set the captive free and to bring about discipline in their lives. He believes that Jesus is no respecter of person, and just as Christ delivered and set him free, He will do the same for them. His favorite scripture is Psalm 37.

Ann Allen  (Minister)

Minister Ann Allen was born January 6, to Annie Christine Thomas.  She was raised and grew up in East Point, Georgia.  She was raised and grew up in East Point, Georgia. She is the proud parent of five children, grandparent of 22, and great-grandparent of one. She was married to her husband, Minister Ernest Allen, in 1993.

As a child Minister Allen was raised in church but drifted away as a teen. She realized that the Lord had a plan for her life and returned to Him in 1997, and has been sold out to Him ever since.

Minister Allen serves as an Associate Minister. Her passion is winning souls by ministering the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. She also loves ministering to others through Praise Dance. Her favorite Scripture is Galatians 2:20..

Ester Keener  (Minister)

Minister Esther Thurman Keener, was born on April 7, in
Chicago Illinois to Roy and Delores Thurman. She is the fourth of seven siblings. She moved to Jackson Mississippi, where she spent her high school years. After graduation, she decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia where she met and married her husband, Welton Keener. They are the proud parents of 7 daughters and 1 son.

Minister Keener and her family joined TTCOTLF in 1996.
She was called into ministry in 2000. She currently serves as an Associate Minister; serving in the Helps Ministry, Media Department, as well as on the Hospitality Committee. She is currently enrolled at Kaplan University, where she is working towards her Bachelors Degree in psychology.

Dr. Georgia Crawford  (Minister)

Dr. Georgia Crawford is currently an ordained minister and
minister of music. She also serves as Director of The True Churchof the Living Faith (TTCOTLF) Outreach Ministry. She is a graduate of Givens Bible Collage, Washington DC, where she taught Catechism, Music Appreciation, and Tabernacle of Moses.

Dr. Crawford is a former member and Elder of Rhema Christian Center Church, Washington DC. She holds an Ed.D. degree from Teachers Collage, Columbia University, a Master of Music Degree (in music theory) from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) from Howard University.

She is certified by the Georgia Department of Education as a teacher and educational leader. Dr Crawford is an experienced music educator and choral director, with many years of experience teaching, coordinating, supervising music, and writing music curriculum for the public school system. Dr Crawford serves as an Associate Minister (teacher).

In 2006, Dr. Crawford began her service at TTCOTLF. Her skills include, but are not limited to, pianist, vocal coach, composer, arranger, and music transcriber.

Sister Parker, Administrative Assistant

Gloria "Regina" Parker -  I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and have been a Realtor since 2002.  After my association with several real estate companies, I joined Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers in August, 2012.  I can offer you over 30 years of customer service experience and a willingness to give my clients the service I would like to receive.  My husband, of twenty-one years, and I are the adoptive parents of five incredible children and foster parents of 3 adorable siblings.  I enjoy traveling, helping others to become all that they can be, and making a mark in this life that leaves a place better than it was before I came.