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Vetrea Ruffin

Church of God in Christ
IMD Executive Board Member
Harvest, Alabama
Evangelist Ruffin is a national recording artist, songwriter, producer, workshop conductor, and vocal instructor. She was born in St. Louis, MO and reared in East St. Louis, IL. She attended Alabama A&M University; the University of Alabama in Huntsville; and C.H. Mason Bible College. She presently attends Athens State University where she is studies courses in Instructional Design.

The Lord has gifted her to write songs through the medium of dreams. In her earlier years, she felt incompetent to finish the songs that the Lord would give her through dreams, until she received a prophesy from a spiritual mentor, Supt. Joe Mack Bankhead, confirming that God would use her to write songs. Today, Vetrea is a very accomplished songwriter.

Through the godly inspiration and encouragement of her husband, she formed the national recording group, "Vetrea Slack Ruffin and the Ruffin Family," which consists of Vetrea and her daughters. She has studied vocally with dynamic vocalists such as Lecresia Campbell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Elizabeth Stephenson, and others. Today, she successfully teaches classes in voice. She has conducted many workshops, teaching vocal techniques, choir administration, and songwriting classes. In addition to several other projects, Vetrea's expertise appears on the many popular recording projects.

She has written two books (Using You Vocal Instrument and Church Choir Administration). Her family group has two CDs entitled, "Help Me Render Completely" and "House of Worship." They have a video entitled, "That's Why I Call His Name." She and her husband are founders of Heavenly Spirit Music, Inc. recording ministry.

Today, Vetrea and her daughters sing to people who are sick and shut-in. Vetrea is an Evangelist, serving as First Lady of the Forge Temple COGIC in Birmingham, AL. She serves as Dean of Education for the COGIC International Music Department under the leadership of Dr. Judith McAllister. She is co-producer of the 2014 CD entitled, “Yes Lord,” by Pastor Paul Ruffin & the Forge Temple COGIC Sanctuary Choir.

She is happily married to her husband of 37+ years, Dr. Paul B. Ruffin, who is an award-winning, world-renowned retired scientist, educator, and pastor of the Forge Temple COGIC located in Birmingham, AL. They reside in Harvest, AL. They have two daughters, Lacretia (Kellen) Ruffin Conaway and Angelica Ruffin. She is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren: Jared, Victoria, and Kellen II.

Awards/Nominations Received:
-Winner of the 2013 GMC TV Most Powerful Voices Contest, May 22, 2013.

-Prayze Factor People's Choice Awards, April 27th, 2013, Winners of 6 Awards;
-Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Best Praise & Worship Group";
-Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Best Christian Alternative Group";
-Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Best Gospel Jazz Group";
-Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Best Contemporary Christian Group";
- Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Best Urban Group"; and
- Prayze Factor Peoples Choice Awards Season 2 "Grand Finale' Championship 2nd Runner Up".

2006 Alabama A&M Gospel Choir