Rev. Dr. Shirley M.
Gordon, or “Pastor Shirley”, as her members refer to her, is the Senior Pastor
ofPraise Temple Christian Center,
the Founder of Praise Temple Ministries and the Chief Executive Officer
of SHE-BE, Inc.
The fifth of nine
children born to a Church of God in Christ Pastor and Missionary, Pastor Shirley
grew up in the church. From a very young age, she had a heart turned towards
God and knew she was chosen to do a special work for Him.
While other children were
outside playing or trying to avoid going to church, Pastor Shirley was in the
house reading her Bible and trying to make sure her Mother, an anointed
missionary, did not leave for church without her.
Pastor Shirley gave her
life to Christ as a teenager and was filled with the Holy Spirit at the age of
16, while she was a senior in high school. After giving her life to Christ, she
gave her hand to Ken Gordon, Sr. and they have been married for over 45 years.
Their union has produced two daughters: Von and Gaylene, one son:
Ken Jr., and four grandchildren: Valeree, VeNeis, Ken III, and Cidnee,
Though a wildly
successful businessperson and entrepreneur, Pastor Shirley has never ceased
looking for the fulfillment of a dream she had in the 1960’s. In this dream,
God showed her standing before thousands of women and He was ministering to the
women through Pastor Shirley. Women were weeping and crying out to God.
were being healed. Painwas being removed. Yokeswere shattered and inner healing prevailed. The
more women God ministered to through Pastor Shirley, the more that came.
For years, Pastor Shirley
prayed and consecrated herself to be in a spiritual place where God could use
her when it was time for this dream to come to fruition. To prepare herself for
God’s work, Pastor Shirley voraciously read her Bible, fasted and prayed. She
was educated in theological seminaries (Center for Urban Theological Studies,
Geneva College, and others). The author of several yet to be published works on
a number of spiritual topics, Pastor Shirley has been conducting research and
interviews for theS.E.C.R.E.T.S.series for over a
The SHE-BE foundationis the birth
of a dream and the first step in God’s plan to minister to thousands, even
millions, of hurting women. These women are not on street corners or in seedy
motels. They are not in back rooms or in the shadows of a crack house. They
are not raggedy, uneducated and deprived. These hurting women are right in our
churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and state houses. These women are
leaders in their communities. They are Apostle’s wives. They are Bishop’s
wives. They are Pastor’s wives. They are preacher's and deacon’s wives. They
are the wives of presidents, governors, senators and mayors. They are community
activists. They come from varied and diverse backgrounds. However, the one
thing they have in common is that they are hiding terrible secrets.
Through Pastor Shirley
and theS.E.C.R.E.T.S.series, God
ministers to those whose secrets are destroying them, from the inside out. This
trumpet of God is telling women being abused physically, mentally,
psychologically, sexually and even spiritually, they are not alone and have not
been forgotten. God is telling them that joy cometh in the morning. Pastor
Shirley is here to wake those women from their nightmare and into the glorious
radiance of a God who cares and wants to deliver them. Now!
With God’s help, and the
full support of her husband and family, Pastor Shirley will allow God to pull
the cover off the terrible secrets that have been taboo and gone unspoken and
ignored in the church, and elsewhere, for far too long. She has seen first hand
the devastating havoc and the inner turmoil that the weight of these secrets has
caused. God’s First Ladies are under attack.
The demonic spirits have manifested themselves in the forms of low self-esteem,
low self-worth, low self-awareness, low motivation, terminal illness, mental
fogginess, suicidal thoughts, overeating, and deep-rooted depression. The list
of ailments goes on and on.
Pastor Shirley knows that
keeping these terrible secrets is destroying women all over the world and the
real sin is in not “outing” the predators who are perpetrating them. Pastor
Shirley is here to let the predators know, theGAME IS UP!
God is telling those unclean Spirits to come out from
among them and return to the pit of hell from whence they came. Take your hands
off my women and be ye removed from thence!
Pastor Shirley has
dedicated her life to God and now dedicates the
S.E.C.R.E.T.S.series to all
those hurting women who are crying on the inside and smiling on the outside and
to all those women who are hiding behinds masks of happiness, false smiles and
May God bless, heal and
deliver each and every one of you, even as He has done for so many already.
Without a doubt,GOD IS A DELIVERER!
As for now, Pastor
Shirley stands in the gap for you, lifting you up in prayer. It’s your time . .
. find your voice for you will need it to praise God for the victories He is
ready to unleash in your life, today! Now!
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