DR. TERESA HAIRSTON
Founder & Publisher, Gospel Today and
Founder & Chair, Gospel Heritage Foundation
You may know her as the founder and publisher of Gospel Today or as the host of the Gospel Today TV Show. What you may not know about Teresa Hairston, however, is that back in 1989, as a divorced mother of three small children, all she was able to scrape together to invest in her â€œdreamâ€ of becoming a publisher was $300. Thatâ€™s it. She had $300, three small children, no husband and a dream.
Today, Gospel Today Magazine is a reality, and is the most respected Urban Christian lifestyle publication in existence. GTâ€™s covers have been graced by Steve Harvey, Kirk Franklin, Star Jones, Bishop T. D. Jakes, MaryMary, Denzel Washington and more. GT is a fixture among progressive ministries and Christians who want inspiring reading material.
In step with her mission to inspire, educate, inform and empower, Hairston has maintained her strong connection with her Gospel musical roots. In 1996, she founded The Gospel Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization that plans to launch the worldâ€™s first International Gospel Heritage Center, a place that will house the Gospel legacy and teach visitors about the Gospel Heritage.
In 2002, she launched the annual â€œPraise & Worship Conferenceâ€ which has quickly gained momentum as the top national Conference of its type. In September of 2002, Hairston relocated the headquarters of Gospel Today and GHF to Atlanta.
She says the move was divinely inspired. That same year, Gospel Today co-ventured with Verity Records to produce a nationally-distributed CD, Praise & Worship â€™02 featuring the Gospel Heritage Mass Choir. The project garnered national airplay and acclaim. The next CD, â€œPraise & Worshipâ€¦Volume 2â€ was released in February, 2004 and featured artists, Vickie Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, Tonex, Elder William Murphy and others.In 2005, Hairston launched her own label, Gospel Today Entertainment which has released two national CD projects. Hairston is a minister of the Gospel and graduated with an earned Doctor of Ministry degree in 2008. In March 2011, Hairston became an ordained elder under the leadership of Bishop Liston Page, Sr (Greater Highway Churches of Christ).
Her motto is: â€œWhen God gives you a vision, Heâ€™ll make the provision!â€ Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:28: â€œAnd we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who the called according to His purpose.â€ She says, â€œMy goal in life is to use everything that Iâ€™ve been through, everything that I am and everything that I endeavor to do to glorify God and build His Kingdom. I want to help people understand that they can achieve their God-inspired visions. Just step out on faith, and watch God make the way.â€