Pastor Avery Pruitt was born August 5, 1962 in Ralph, Alabama, to Thomas and Ester Pruitt. He is the fourth of seven children. He was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of thirteen under Elder J.T. Hutton. At the age of fourteen he backslides; almost committing suicide. After struggling, knowing that Jesus was coming soon and he would be left behind, he returned to the Lord….never to leave again.
He has fond memories of spending quality time with his grandmother, Mother Luella Washington, during the summer. She was a prayer warrior, who would pray at 9:00 a.m. every morning. Through her tutorage and quality time spent with her, he received life changing lessons; lessons and experiences that would impact his entire life.
Pastor Pruitt graduated from high school in the year of 1980 as an honor student and was accepted into the University of Alabama, College of Engineering. After praying, God led him to Shelton State Technical College to pursue a degree in Industrial Electricity. He was later hired by Alabama Power. He has been employed with Alabama Power for thirty-nine years, steadily climbing the corporate ladder. Presently he works as Labor Relations Manager. He gives all praise and glory to God for the things that he has done and continues to do in his life.
He is married to the love of his life, First Lady Betty Pruitt. After being married for thirty-eight years, God has blessed him with a beautiful family. There are three beautiful daughters, Tabitha, Tiffany and Adrian; two son-in-laws, Justin and Tony; three beautiful granddaughters, Addison, Gina and Serenity; and three grandsons, Avery James, Logan and Braxton.
Pastor Pruitt accepted his call into the ministry as a Minister in the year of 1996 and was ordained as an Elder in the year of 2004. He served faithfully as a Lay Member, Sunday School Superintendent, YPWW teacher, Deacon, Trustee, Minister and Associate Elder at Washington Temple Church of God in Christ for many years. In November of 2008, he was installed as Pastor of New Bethel Church of God In Christ in Jasper, Alabama. He has made an impact in the city and has caused souls to be added to the Kingdom of God. He also serves as President of the State Youth Department of Alabama Jurisdiction One, and Chairman of the C.F. Smith District AIM’s Convention.
Pastor Pruitt is a gospel preacher, a lover of people, a dynamic leader, an awesome father, a wonderful husband, a great grandfather, and he is determined to make a difference in the lives of others as he spread the good news of Jesus Christ.