Otonya Eskridge Allen Otonya Eskridge was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her early developmental years revealed a love for the things of God and the ability to excel in academics and the arts. Jesus Christ being the Lord of her life, Otonya received salvation at the age of 12 and accepted her call to gospel ministry at age 13. As a child evangelist, her spiritual foundation was developed and fortified under the watchful tutelage of her pastor, the late Presiding Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. at the Pentecostal Temple Institutional Church Of God In Christ (Memphis, TN) where she directed the youth choir, taught Sunday School and served as Fine Arts Director. After the demise of her pastor, she was led of the Lord to become a member of Temple Of Deliverance Church Of God In Christ under the leadership of Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson in Memphis, Tennessee. Embracing a spirit of excellence as a lifestyle, Otonya Eskridge’s secular and ministerial career has been both challenging and rewarding. As a corporate executive, she headed a department for one of the largest banks in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1996, Miss Eskridge left the banking industry and began to serve in full time ministry as personal secretary to Bishop G. E. Patterson. As Conference Coordinator for G. E. Patterson Crusade Ministries from 1997 to 2001, she organized and coordinated many conferences and crusades. After Bishop Patterson’s election to the office of Presiding Bishop of the Church Of God In Christ in 2000, he appointed Ms. Otonya Eskridge as the first woman in the history of the Church Of God In Christ to serve as Executive Assistant to the Presiding Bishop. Otonya serves as a National Evangelist conducting conferences, seminars, revivals, crusades and leadership encounters throughout the United States. She is the author of the book Practical Answers To 15 Hard Questions. She is the host of Perfect Health God's Way which is her weekly radio ministry broadcast. She is the host of the Women Of Award Winning Faith Women's Conference as well as the weekly Lunch Break Hour of Power Prayer Time. Always aware of the call of destiny upon her life, Miss Otonya Eskridge was united in holy matrimony to Dr. Sherman C. Gee Allen and became a wife, mother, First Lady and Co-Pastor of Christ Cathedral Church.
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