LACREASHA RUFFIN

Communications, Content Creator,Worship Minister

Experience

2016 - Present

Worship & Communications Director for Covenant Church OKC

Responsible for the Music Ministry and Communication for Covenant Church. Duties include leading and directing all aspects of the worship service. Training and managing volunteers, directing band and vocal rehearsal, Full service production, graphic design, creative arts, livestream, social media, website, email/text communications. 

2017

Worship Assistant for Acts 2 UMC/One Church

Recruit, train, schedule and support worship volunteers and staff. Support graphic designers and assist as directed with design and creation of sermon series banners and clings. Prepared on-screen graphics with Propresenter. Design and print bulletins. Plan and setup all worship services. Assist with worship services as directed by supervisor and pastors.

2016 - Present

Freelance

Started my own business called Compelling Worship  Services. Became the lead graphic and campaign manager for different businesses and organizations. Developed landing pages and websites for clients. Held online coaching events and live training. Facebook Page/Group manager and creator. Facebook Ad Manager.   

Contact

  • cree4hymusic@gmail.com
  • (405) 831-1363

Education

Liberty University- 2018

Master of Arts in Worship Studies (Worship Techniques)

Life strategies Now- 2016

Certification in Life Coaching
Specializing in Worship Ministry

University of Oklahoma- 2003

Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Courses

UDEMY

DSLR Video Production

Social Media Management

The Complete Video Production Bootcamp

Skills

Adobe Photoshop 89%
Canva.com 82%
DSLR Photography 79%
Open Broadcast Software OBS 80%
Adobe Premiere Pro 85%
Adobe After Effects 53%

I am a wife, mother, and creative who loves everything about the online world. I can remember the day my father brought home a computer. I was thirteen years old and was probably the first to own a computer among my peers. At this early age, I began to enjoy making flyers, posters, and banners for everything. I would pass them out to my classmates at school for different events. I even remember creating my own ad for the Debutante Ball. Looking back, I understand why I have such an affinity to tech, content creation, and the online world of social media. My social media ventures began in 2009 when I became a member of Facebook. Since that time, I have managed several pages and groups. Facebook Ads and FB Live also became a regular part of my involvement as a business owner and Communications Director. When I started my own freelance/coaching business, I was forced to become my own graphic designer. I learned how to use software programs like Photoshop and Canva to design content for videos, livestream, web design, social media, email/text communications and worship service presentations. My skills have increased over the years, and I love to use resources such as Envato Elements and Lightstock.com. 

It is not everyday that you discover why you were placed on this earth, and although I am still discovering and uncovering my many gifts and talents, I can say that I have an eye for great design. I study the social media platforms of churches like Relentless Church in Greenville, SC, The Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, and Redemption Church in Silicon Valley. These social media platforms inspire me, and I am blown away by their popularity. I dream of creating powerful posts that will compel people to Christ (Luke 14:23). In fact, I named my business Compelling Worship Services because I was convinced that the church has to become more compelling. The scripture that I am referencing speaks of going into the highways and hedges to compel them. I created my business because I noticed that so many churches were behind when it came to technology. It became evident that some churches were that way for a lack of exposure, or for fear that technology would hurt the church. I believe that the church should be trailblazers of technological advancement not the most behind.

If I had to give credit to the technology in my life for content creation it would be my MacBook Air, Nikon DSLR Camera, and iPhone 7.  Between these three products, I have a plethora of videos, Facebook Covers, Instagram and FB Posts, lower thirds, logos, Memes, gifs, flyers… you name it, I have created it.  I have even tried to become better in social media management by taking courses, watching youtube tutorials, and reading books. I have done the same for Photography and Video production. I love making videos and taking pictures with my DSLR Camera. I use the photos and videos to create movies and other engaging social media posts for the church where I currently serve. I love promoting the brand and voice of our church on Facebook.

Another major side of me is my love for worship ministry. I currently serve as a Worship Director where I manage and train a team of musicians, vocalists, children’s choir, and production team technicians. As a leader, I understand the importance of collaboration. As far as my experience as a believer, I have been a follower of Jesus since I was 8 years old. I grew up in church and would sing in the choir which lead to where I am now. I received my Masters degree in Worship Studies in September of 2018. For the past 4 years, I have been blessed to create experiences for people on and offline. Whether it is on social media, the web, or in a worship service, I feel it is my honor and privilege to see high impact results for the Kingdom. 

 

Billy D. Gaston

(405) 819-9746
billyd.gaston@gmail.com

Erma Gaston

(405) 816-9213
egaston76@gmail.com

Annabel Martinez-Grant

(405) 761- 0048
martinez_annabel1109@yahoo.com