Lady Laura N. Witherspoon
First Lady of the Jurisdiction
LADY LAURA N. WITHERSPOON accepted the Lord in her life at the tender age of 12, at True Vine COGIC in Los Angeles, CA, under the leadership of C.E. Williams, where she was born and raised. Her family later relocated to Seattle, WA. She joined and faithfully served at the Greater Revival COGIC, under the leadership of Superintendent Luther James and Mother Anna Louise Green. In 1981, Lady Laura and Bishop Reggie Witherspoon married; God blessed them with their “first ministry” to each other and their four children, Reggie Jr, LaTaunya, Romell (Tiana), and Lakayla. She often declares “the two greatest investments you could ever make in life, is in your relationship with God, and the family He entrusted to you!”
Lady Laura’s passion for the success of the family and ministry is exemplified through her years of active and unending support she provides for her husband. There is no doubt she and her husband epitomize a unique portrait of a dynamic dual and a fun-loving ministry team. Lady Laura often publicly proclaims what an honor it is to have been chosen by God to serve alongside her husband, to love on and to encourage His people.
Lady Laura received her education from Highline Community College, and Northwest University where she earned a degree in Psychology. She faithfully serves as Executive Director of the Women’s Affairs Ministry for over 31 years. She has been instrumental in implementing several ministries designed to meet the needs of the total woman. Lady Laura is quite the innovative visionary. She founded such unique and viable ministries such as: “H.i.- H.i.l.l.s®” (Hearts Interconnected Help Inspire Leading Ladies Sisterhood), a unique ministry specifically designed to encourage, inspire and empower pastors’ wives; P.R.E.T.T.E.E. Girls Club, a ministry designed for girls ages 7-12 (Princess reflecting excellence through training, education and empowerment), King and Queen Summit, Senior Servants Ministry, a ministry designed to cater to the needs and welfare of senior members… and more.
In 2012, Lady Laura was appointed as Assistant President of the COGIC Washington State Jurisdiction Pastors Wives Unit for the Seattle region. In 2015, she was appointed as Administrative Assistant to the Jurisdictional Supervisor, Mother Mary Jean McGraw, of the Washington Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, under the Leadership of the late Bishop James E. Hicks. Since her husband’s elevation to the bishopric, she currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the WNEJ Department of Women. Lady Laura serves as the Leading Lady of the Pastor’s and Elders wives’ unit, under the direction of Supervisor Jean McGraw.
Lady Laura has served as Couples Facilitator (alongside her husband) for the National COGIC GCPE Shepherd’s Conference, under the leadership of Chairman Michael Eddy. Her outstanding sense of humor, coupled with her passion for marriage and the family, continues to inspire and edify couples both near and far.