First Lady Style: Michelle Porter — Greater Ebenezer MBC
With her husband, DeNon A. Porter’s appointment as senior pastor at Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church, Michelle Porter takes on the role as first lady at one of L.A.’s largest Baptist congregations.
“I’m just grateful that the Lord has blessed my husband in this way and I’m excited about what the Lord is going to do through my husband and through myself in terms of blessing the church and blessing the community.”
With her first priority being her relationship with the Lord, it is a position the Baltimore, Maryland native takes seriously. At the same time, most important to her is “being a strong partner for my husband in the ministry really supporting him as the Lord needs and guides him.”
“Each woman has to be their own individual and we’re not here to wear big hats. You know how well we dress or what purse what shoes we have on from week to week but this is really about the Lord-- being serious in our relationship with the Lord being serious about staying in the word, ministering to other people, really being of service to the church to the community.”
Being of service to the community is something she does on a daily basis as Vice-President of Advanced Services at the National History Museum of Los Angeles County where she manages information for the non-profit.
She met her husband when they were both undergraduate students at Syracuse University and sang together in a gospel choir. Today, the mother of four (ranging in age from 6-25), sings in one of the church’s five choirs and serves as president of the women’s ministry.
“It’s an individual relationship with the Lord