First Lady (Minister) Angela Marie Wainwright, born October 22, 1964, transitioned home to be with the Lord on September 14, 2020.
First Lady Wainwright is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, a graduate of Princess Anne High School, and a graduate of Bowie State University where she received her Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology.
She is credited for her unwavering support to the United States Army as an Army spouse for 20 years. Her dedication and support were recognized in numerous accommodations that include the Mary E. Walker Award, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service, and a number of other distinguished awards, certificates and letters. Her love for people and passion to encourage women led to the birth of her weekly emails entitled “Encouraging Words.” Her ability to reach the hearts of people had a global effect that changed lives for the better, and ultimately led to the publication of her first book, Enjoy the Journey, Words of Encouragement for the Relational Woman.
First Lady had many accomplishments, but there was and is none greater that that of her works in ministry. Through countless and bondless efforts, she assisted with the development and establishment of several Ministries to include Word of Truth Christian Ministries and Word of Truth International Christian Ministries. Her mantra was twofold: Excellence in Ministry and Simple Jesus. She lived both.
Her greatest love was her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, Pastor Gavin E. Wainwright (Hampton, VA), three beautiful children, Gavin Jr. (Longview, TX), Justin (Fort Bragg, NC), and Kearstin Walker (Marcus/Houston, TX), and granddaughter Nia Marie. She also leaves to cherish her memories, Thelma Winter (mother); Robert Richardson (brother); Nailah Richardson (sister); and Marie Dunson (sister). First Lady was loved by many to include a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She will be missed and will always be our Forever First Lady.