First Lady Catrina Tillman is a native of Oak Park, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ferris State University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. Upon graduating, Lady Tillman began her career at GM Planworks, the Agency of Record for General Motors Advertising.
As a proponent of higher education, she furthered her educational endeavors by earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Being career driven, Lady Tillman resigned from GM Planworks to expand her career as a National Print Buyer for Team Detroit, the Agency of Record for Ford Motor Company Advertising.
Lady Tillman’s greatest joy is being the proud wife of Ezra L. Tillman, Jr. who serves as Pastor of First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, and the mother of their four adorable sons, Ezra III, Micah, Isaac, and Luke. In support of her husband’s Pastoralship, Lady Tillman graciously resigned from her position at Team Detroit to fully commit to her role as Mom-in-Chief.
Having a servant’s heart and a love for mankind, Lady Catrina Tillman alongside her husband Pastor Ezra Tillman Jr. has been a leader in the response efforts to the Flint Water Crisis. On Feb 1, 2016, the Environmental Justice Rally was held at First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church where over 500,000 cases of bottledwaterwas distributed to the citizens of Flint. The Lott Carey Herald took note of Lady Tillman’s ongoing involvement in aiding those affected by the water crisis, in which they did a featured article titled “Bridge Over Trouble Water” in their Summer 2016 Issue highlighting her engagement and leadership.
Having a love for God’s Word, coupled with a passion for aiding women in pursuing their dreams, Lady Tillman founded S.H.E Ministries. S.H.E (Spiritual Humble and Elegant) Ministries thrives on empowering women from all walks of life to live out theirGod given purpose with excellence. S.H.E Ministries was featured in the 2017 May issue of Kingdom Christian Magazine, highlighting SHE Speaks, a weekly Facebook Live Chat with Lady Tillman discussing Real Talk, Real Topics, and Real Solutions. In addition to that, her Facebook devotionals and “Word of the Day” postings have touched and changed the lives of many. The National Baptist Woman Magazine featured one of her devotionals, “Stepping High: A Lesson from My Stilettos” in the Summer 2012 edition of the Women’s Auxiliary.
In November of 2017, Lady Catrina Tillman added the title of "Author" to her name. "Her Walk: The Journey Within" is a 31 Day Devotional that is designed to encourage, motivate, and most importantlychallengewoman in their personal walk in Christ. Within the first month of being released, over 500 copies were SOLD!!!
Lady Tillman enjoys talking about the practical things of life while being able to find God in them. It is her desire that God’s children humbly seek Him to understand his/her purpose in life and operate in confidence knowing what God has destined for them is just for them! Her favorite scripture is “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye” Psalm 32:8.