Elder Ethel Gathers was born in the small town of Arnaudville, La. Daughter of a Sharecropper, she is the 9th of 12 children. She moved to Lafayette Parish at a young age where she completed Elementary and High School. She enlisted in the United States Air Force upon High School graduation and traveled many countries. Elder Gathers retired after 21 years military service. A mother of 4 children, she is wonderfully blessed with a full quiver of 13 grandchildren! Elder Gathers attended several Colleges/Universities, obtaining degrees in the fields of Management, Education, Counseling, and Theology. She was called into the ministry and ordained to teach and preach God’s Word in 1982 at Joy Temple Church of God In Christ, San Antonio, TX and has not left “the Way”. While serving her country 5 years in Germany her calling/ordination was recognized and she continued to teach and preach God’s Word. Elder Gathers has counseled in various organizations, schools, jails, and to support groups. She became a member of New Life Christian Center in November 1989 upon return from overseas; was ordained by Pastor L.R. Vaughn as Minister in 1990 and as Elder in 1991. Elder Gathers has ministered in jails, nursing facilities, and in local Churches. She currently serves as a Ruling Elder and as an Instructor in the New Life Leadership Institute, training Ministers for the work of the Lord. Serving the Lord is a great joy, and she is thankful for the wonderful Leadership and example set forth by her Pastors, as the body returns to the Hebraic roots of our faith.