The trail blazing, uniquely purposed La’Tresa M. Jester has had the privilege of serving as many firsts in the state of Arizona. In 2008, she was recognized by the National Baptist Convention, USA, as the first African American female installed as a Baptist Pastor in Arizona while fulfilling her call to serve as Senior Pastor of Gideon Baptist church in Tucson, Arizona. In 2010, she was confirmed as the first female to serve as President of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) of Tucson. IMA is a local non-profit focused on bridging the gap between the community and the church. In 2012, she was appointed the first female to serve in Arizona as District Overseer of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. Less than two years later, she was elevated to State Overseer. In November of 2016, she was recommended to the office of Bishop where she will serve as Arizona State Bishop for the Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship.
La’Tresa has also spent time traveling across the country training organizations on the importance of disaster preparedness. She has served on an array of non-profit boards that support the enhancement of disadvantaged youth. While in ministry, she has served passionately in the capacity of preacher, teacher, advisor, mentor, conference speaker, and workshop facilitator. She has proven to be a dedicated servant working side by side with several ministries of the church on local, district, state and national levels.
La’Tresa has been granted the privilege of being a life partner to her husband, Bryan Jester. God has honored them with four beautiful daughters and six grandchildren. La’Tresa currently holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Leadership.