A true woman of God, the Reverend Conitras M. Houston strives for excellence in ministry through the Word of God, the Work of God, and the Will of God. She sincerely loves God and God’s people; therefore, she professes boldly the words of 1 Corinthians 2:9 “…no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him”!
Pastor “C,” as she is affectionately called, is the daughter of Bonita Houston and Harold Houston, Jr. and is the beloved sister of Brian and Harold III.
In May of 2002, Pastor “C” accepted the call into the ministry and was subsequently admitted for training under the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s Board of Examiners. She delivered her initial sermon and was licensed to preach in December of 2002. Bishop William P. DeVeaux ordained Pastor “C” as an Itinerant Deacon in May of 2005 and an Itinerant Elder in May of 2008, both at the Atlanta-North Georgia Annual Conference. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2008 graduate of Emory University's Candler School of Theology.
Pastor "C" is the Founder and Director of Gabriel's House, Inc., a non-profit, youth-based corporation which instills values of self-worth and leadership through its annual performing arts conferences-Spirit Movers for Christ. She serves as a passionate mentor and encourager to many. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Pastor “C” is grateful for the opportunities that she has been given to serve the Lord’s people. After humbly serving as the Youth Pastor and Assistant Pastor of St. John A.M.E. Church in Fairburn, GA for five years, Pastor “C” served as the Pastor of St. Luke A.M.E. Church in Athens, GA until April 2011. In May of 2012, she was appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Greater Ward Chapel A.M.E. Church in Columbus, GA. Under her leadership, Greater Ward Chapel grew tremendously in membership, as well as ministry. The sanctuary and other areas of the facility were renovated debt-free, a community development center serving school-aged children was initiated, the surrounding community was served, and much more.
In October 2016, after faithfully serving over four years in Columbus, GA, Pastor “C” was appointed as the first female and 38th pastor of Trinity A.M.E. Church in Atlanta, GA where she now serves a Quality-Rated Early Learning Center and a vibrant, growing congregation. Already, the congregation is increasing in membership and ministry with Pastor “C” as an enthusiastic and spiritually grounded leader. Pastor “C” is truly passionate about the work God has sent her to do—not only at Trinity but also around the entire world. For this reason, Pastor “C” continues to travel preaching and teaching the Good News while mentoring and encouraging Christians of all ages within the United States and abroad.
Beyond all of the technical information, the Reverend Conitras M. Houston loves the Lord. Since childhood, she has always pursued a walk with Christ. Pastor “C” is known for the following quote: “Since God is a God of excellence, God’s children SHALL excel!”