Reverend Doctor Ruby Christine Gilliam
Ruby C. Gilliam is a native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She serves as the Senior Pastor of Divine Wisdom Christian Center Baptist Church in Randallstown, Maryland. Under the anointed leadership of Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, she was licensed to preach May 1998, ordained August 2002, installed to the office of assistant pastor 2006 and installed as a senior pastor September 2009.
Pastor Ruby as she is affectionately called was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, Catonsville, Maryland for thirty years. She served in various ministries. In 2003, she accepted a pastoral staff position as the minister of Christian education. That position opened doors to many other experiences including Minister of Membership Development and Director of the Center for Excellence. As God continued to shape her future, in 2006, the First Christ United Baptist Church, asked her pastor to release her to serve as the assistant pastor of their church. In 2008, God called Pastor Ruby to organize Divine Wisdom.
Dr. Gilliam has a zeal and passion for helping people grow spiritually, mentally and personally, while encouraging them to live full and healthy lifestyles. Her passion is developing leaders of excellence. Her service as a teacher, consultant, dean, catechizer, and presenter amongst other capacities has played an integral role in her carrying out her commitment to the development of leaders. In addition, she has ministered in South Africa and Guatemala.
Dr. Gilliam has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Towson State University; Master of Arts in Legal and Ethical Studies from the University of Baltimore; Certification in Christian Education; Master of Arts in Church Ministries from St. Mary's Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology, Baltimore, Maryland; and a Master of Divinity Equivelancy and Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio. Her doctoral work is "Women in Prophetic Leadership: From the Call to the Pastorate."
Ruby and her husband Deacon Grant love the Lord. They enjoy team ministry as they serve the people of God together. They have four children, Gwen, Bryan, Khris, and Andre, and nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
As God provides opportunity for Pastor Ruby to minister, she encourages persons to write visions, pursue their dreams and never give up. She knows that God is faithful. He will open doors that no one can shut and; if she is running a little late, God will hold them open until she gets there. Ruby's life testimony is she loves God, His people and His work. She knows that, "God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them ."(Hebrews 6:10).