Reverend Dr. Terris A. King is the esteemed Pastor of Liberty Grace Church of God and a second-generation ordained Baptist preacher and Pastor. Pastor King is the youngest son of the late Eunice M. King, founder of Liberty Grace Church of God and Trustee Elias King. In 1989, he answered the great call to preach and was ordained in Durham, N.C., by Rev. Z. D. Harris, President of the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Conference. Several years later Rev. King was elevated to the esteemed position of Co-Pastor of Liberty Grace Church of God. Then in August 2008, Pastor Eunice M. King transitioned from earth to heaven, and Rev. Terris A. King was ordained Pastor by Rev. Herman Ford, Pastor Emeritus of the Fountain Baptist Church.
Rev. King is a proud alumnus of Walbrook Senior High School in Baltimore, Maryland from which he graduated in 1978 receiving a scholarship in football to Delaware State College. He furthered his education and athletic career at Towson State University where he played football and graduated with a B.S. degree in Mass Communication in 1984. He attended St. Mary’s Seminary in 1989, and in 1997, he attended Johns Hopkins University where he received his Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science. He received a Senior Executive Fellowship from Harvard University in 1999. He received his Doctorate in Divinity from Saint Thomas College in 2012.
Rev. King has served as a Senior Executive for the federal government since 2000 and has been employed by the federal government for over 30 years. His first Senior Executive experience came when he served as Deputy Associate Commissioner of Quality for Social Security, managing a staff of 1,300 employees. He has also served in three different executive positions for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) including the Deputy Director of the Office of Clinical Quality. He also founded the Office of Minority Health and served as their first Director. Currently he serves as their Deputy Chief Information Officer and is responsible for information technology for the entire agency.
He married the former Catherine Laverne Chase on May 23, 1983. Through their union, they have two gifted children: Terris II, a graduate of Morehouse University and Miya, a graduate of Livingston College. His favorite scripture is: