About the Designer
Hi. I'm Shirley Gatewood, a Christian women, and the wife of Rev. Ezra Gatewood, for 45yrs. Reslently widowed, I'm the mother of two sons and 3 grandchildren. I was born in Georgia and raised in Florida. I accepted Jesus as my person Savior at an early age.
After graduation I attended junior college then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree at Savannah State College, in Savannah, Georgia. At Savannah State I became a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and met my husband, Ezra. I later earned an Associates Degree in Fashion Design at The Virginia Marti College, West Lake Ohio. After graduating from Virginia Mart College, I studied in Paris, France at the Paris Fashion Institute. I have worked in the textile industry for over 25yrs, operating my own manufacturing company and as a production manager for two other companies. I consider myself retired now even though I own and operate The Heavenly Couture Co.b
I am certified through the Congress of Christian Education in the Secretary /Clerks Division and the Advanced Leadership Development Division of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. I consider myself a women of many talents and occupations and have received many acknowledgements and awards during my life. As a teacher, I have taught both elementary education and adult education. As a business women, I owned and operated Gatewood’s Fashion Gallery in East Orange, NJ and Gatewood Industries, in Lorain, Ohio for 9 years. As a fashion designer my fashion designs, have been shown across the country and abroad through Ebony Fashion Fair. I currently design hats, fans and accessories, under, The Heavenly Couture, Co., label.
I continue to ask the Lord to give me a meaningful life.My most important and fulfilling work has been my work for the Lord. When my husband Ezra was call to the ministry, this opened another door in this servant’s life, striving to reach a higher levels of understanding and service in the Lord’s kingdom. I have serviced on the Deaconess, Mothers, and Ministers Wives Board, and president of the Harrison and Rucker Mission Ministry at our church. In the past I have been editor of the church NEWSLETTER. I am currently affiliated with the Northern Ohio Baptist District Association, the Ohio Baptist General Convention and in 2003 I was blessed to be asked to speak on, "Empowered Leadership", at the National Baptist Convention, USA,Inc., on Women's Day, in Atlanta GA. To God be the glory that He and He alone made these things possible.
Always at work for the unfortunate, community service has not been left undone. Work through the years have included the NAACP, working to have equal opportunity for teachers in the school system; N.O.A.H. / Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope, working to keep a grocery store open in the community and fighting predatory lending; Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, training young women for the work force; seating on the JPTA job training Board previewing proposals for community projects; and teaching classes to prepare adults for the GED. I am a committed servant of the Lord. Where he leads me I will follow, because I know He will be there also. My work for Him will never be done until He says, servant well done. For I will continue the work of the Lord wherever I am needed; in the church, the community, at home, or broad, for I do have, "A charge to keep…. and a God to glorify." Praise His Holy and Righteous Name!!!!!
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