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 in the role of Vice Moderator in the Southern District Association of Arizona. The same year, she also became 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. On April 29, 2012, she was appointed the first female to serve in Arizona as District Overseer of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Overseer Jester serves 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 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 five grandchildren. La’Tresa currently holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Leadership.