To simply call her a talented woman, would be to miss the move of God through her life. As a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, she has proven herself to be a woman of intellect, training, and capability. Her subsequent success in corporate America, whether on the management team at Pillsbury, Account Manager at Bell South, or as the owner of Latimore by Design providing custom window treatments and fabrications to the Durham-Raleigh area residents, gives public affirmation of God’s favor on her life and her willingness to be used by Him.
While at Greater St. Stephan Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana, she acknowledged the move of God on her life, and accepted the call into ministry. As a result of her willingness to be obedient, God used her mightily within the ministry, working through the Women of Excellence, the HELPS and Prayer-Line ministries while also serving in many other areas to bless God’s people.
In 1994, she was joined in marriage to Elder David G. Latimore. Little did she know that God would use her to leave an indelible mark on him and all that God had planned for his life. S would serve alongside him, as he responded to the called to pastor Southern Union Missionary Baptist Church, in St. Louis, Missouri. It was at this same church years earlier that she was the first women to preach and be licensed. While her husband attended Duke University for seminary, Minister Latimore served as an Associate Minister at First Calvary Baptist Church where Pastor Fredrick Amos Davis presides as pastor.
In 2009, realizing that God had a sense of humor, she traded in the sunshine of North Carolina for the frozen state of Illinois where her husband was called as Pastor of the historic Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Joliet. As First Lady and minister she served the people of God in various facets. Her commitment to the spiritual, emotional, and social development of women manifested itself in her creation of the L.O.V.E. (Ladies of Virtue and Excellence) Ministry dedicated to the nurture and growth of women in Christ. Her commitment to Christian womanhood extended to the lives of young women through the establishment of the D.O.V.E (Daughters of Virtue and Excellence) Ministry. Her passion for women’s ministry extended well beyond the walls of Mt. Zion finding expression in her creation of Habitats of Hope, a ministry focused on the provision of transitional housing for women, and primarily mothers, in need. She was also instrumental in several innovative ministry activities at Mt. Zion such as serving as an event coordinator for “Worship at the Cross” a community-wide outdoor worship experience for the Joliet community. Min. Latimore was a prolific preacher in her own right, serving as speaker on several occasions and throughout the greater Chicago area. She was active in the local Baptist District as President of the Lebanon District’s Pastors and Ministers Wives Auxiliary.
There is the saying that “God will not put more on you than you can bear,” and apparently God did not think her hands were yet full so he placed in her care five children. Grace Olivia, Sydney Nichole, David II, Lauren Elizabeth, and Nina Louise call her friend, doctor, confidant, healer, encourager, and mother extraordinaire.
It is impossible to describe all God has done and is doing through this women of God, but one thing we know is that God is working through this woman of God to accomplish great things.
Favor and faith follow her, all the days of her life.
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