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Supervisor Mary Jean McGraw

Supervisor of Women

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Supervisor McGraw was born in Starkville, Mississippi and later moved to Seattle, Washington with her parents, the late Mr. Freddie & Mrs. Sarah Jenkins.  She is one of fourteen children.


Supervisor McGraw was saved at the age of twelve under the leadership of the late Bishop L.E. Tolliver and was a faithful and dedicated member of the Jefferson Street Church (later named Tolliver Temple COGIC).


She was married thirty-six years to the love of her life, Ronelle McGraw, Sr. and they were blessed with two sons—Ronelle, II and LaMonte. Her family has expanded with a beautiful daughter-in-law, Mary and two wonderful grandchildren, Jeanene and Ronelle, III.


Being a skilled and accomplished woman of God, she taught herself how to play the piano, she served as the Washington State Jurisdiction’s musician, YPWW Chairlady, First Lady of Praise Chapel COGIC, as well as Southwest District, Women’s Department Program Committee Member and Jurisdictional Minister of Music.  She and her late husband, Superintendent Ronelle McGraw, Sr. served as the leaders of the Washington State Choir and produced a record with the famous recording artist Dr. Vernard Johnson.  Supervisor McGraw has worked diligently under several administrations in Washington COGIC, Bishop L. E. Tolliver, Bishop Van Goodlow, Bishop T. L. Westbrook and forty-two years with Supervisor Mother Gertrude Young.


Supervisor McGraw attended the Westbrook Institute from 2011 to 2014 studying Leadership, Christian Ethics, Visitation Ministry and the Survey of Sacred Scriptures.


Her favorite past times are cruising and playing the piano. Her love for people is demonstrated daily in her actions, good deeds and commitment to serving the community.  She is a woman of purpose, passion and vision! We are grateful to have woman of such inspiration to lead the women of the Washington Northwest Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

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