First Lady Crisette is a native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University where she majored in Public Affairs Management. She is married to Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple and the Presiding Prelate of the P.A.W. (Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). They have two children, Kiera and Charles IV. Lady Crisette is the Director of the Powerful Women of Purpose (PWP) Women’s ministry at Greater Grace Temple where the goal is to encourage, motivate, inspire and most importantly empower women of God with the word of God.
Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, God inspired her to found the first ever women’s Boot Camp conference. The conference is the first military inspired women’s conference. Women from all over the world have attended this conference where innovative methods have been used to radically shift minds from thoughts of defeat to a mindset of believing that they are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
She is a minister of the gospel and motivational speaker who has traveled throughout the U.S.A. and abroad speaking and ministering at various women’s conferences, grade schools and universities. Her unique style and gifting has inspired multitudes to become all that God has created them to be. She exemplifies the scripture that states “To whom much is given, much shall be required”. Her favorite scripture is “Delight yourself also in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart”. Guided by these scriptures, Lady Crisette provides inspiration, empowerment and spiritual encouragement wherever she goes.
Lady Crisette is also a successful entrepreneur with Mary Kay cosmetics. In November of 2002, she made history by becoming Michigan’s first and youngest African American National Sales Director in Mary Kay. Through her business she has earned numerous awards, free cars, trips around the world as well as other substantial gifts. She is also the CEO of Affirmations by Crisette which is a lifestyle brand of affirmation empowerment tees and other products produced with a specific goal of encouraging and inspiring people to use their gifts and talents as well as to stay focused fulfilling their divine purpose. She is a true believer that life and death are in the power of the tongue and what you say will either enable you to be victorious or will hinder you from reaching your full potential.
In 2015, Crisette authored her first children’s affirmation book entitled “My Future Is So Bright . . . . . . Dream BIG” (crisetteellis.com). She is also one of the authors of a new book entitled “The Force of Friendship”, 100 powerful inspirational messages which is a collaborative effort between Lady Crisette and 6 of her very successful and phenomenal friends.
As a wife, mother, First Lady and entrepreneur, she enjoys encouraging and sowing seeds of optimism into the lives of her family, church members, community and all that she comes in contact with.
ATTENTION FIRST LADIES: The Relief Retreat will be in Palm Springs, California this year on May 16-19 and husbands are joining us. For details, go to thereliefretreat.org