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Pastor Teresa W. Ragland attended Western Michigan University, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the University ol Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama where she received a Bachelor of Science degree, a Masters in Elementary Education, and Certification in Education Leadership. She has trained leaders throughout the state with Alabama State Department of Education. She is employed with the Birmingham Board of Education as the Principal of Tuggle Elementary School. Pastor Ragland is married to Dr. Douglas L. Ragland.

Pastor Teresa Ragland was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at 15 years old and ordained to preach the gospel at age 17. She is the Pastor of Upper Room Fellowship Church. Upper Room Fellowship Church is a church that emphasizes strong biblical truths and Christian family value, with two locations, Birmingham, Alabama and Fairfield, Alabama. The members of this loving church, affectionately calls her Pastor.

Her affirmation is expressed through Isaiah 61:1, The Spirit of the Lord is on me because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captive and release from darkness for the prisoners.

During her 40 years in ministry, she has traveled throughout the United States and spanning the globe spreading the gospel in such countries as England, France, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Thailand, Taiwan, and throughout Communist China.

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