Ernestine Gardner Ratliff is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is the
daughter of Ernest Sr. (deceased) and Rena Gardner (deceased) and the oldest of
seven children. Doris graduated from the Summer High School of St. Louis and
continued her studies at the Forest Park Community College in St. Louis. She
was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church from the age of eleven until
she moved to Houston, Texas in 1975.
She began her career with Southwestern Bell
immediately out of high school. She worked her way from a clerical position to
the position of Manager. When she received her twenty-year pin on August 20,
1983, her Supervisor cited her for distinguished service as a Manager for
Business Services. Doris received a promotion and an opportunity to serve
AT&T as an Administrative Manager with the divestiture of the Bell Company,
January 1, 1984 at which time she became Sales Manager. She has served as
President of the Houston business and Professional Women, Inc. She was in Mary
Kay Cosmetics for some six years, having won three (3) cars while with Mary
She has been the Director of the Brentwood
Baptist Church Nursery since 1983 and currently serves as the Executive Director
of the Center for Child Development. She
enjoys spectator sports and international travel. She serves as a volunteer at
Texas Children's Hospital in Houston where she specializes in their Lay Ministry
Program. She enjoys speaking and has some upcoming engagements.
She is married to Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff, Pastor
of the Brentwood Baptist Church of Houston, Texas.