PPastor Wendell is the founder of The Gift Pad Christian Outreach Centers and “A Gifted Church.” TGP is a multidisciplinary ministry composed of Gift Corps, a volunteer organization; Win Humor Act Create Know Learning Centers, an academic enrichment program; the Bestow Schools; and a marketplace worship service called Thankful Thursdays that provides free and nutritious lunch alternatives to the downtown city center community.
He served on and as President of the Birmingham City Council in early 2004. His service was featured in Black Enterprise magazine’s top ten municipality edition. He also served as an ambassador for the American Council of Young Political Leaders on its delegation to Tanzania/Zanzibar and he has recently hosted a Birmingham delegation of policy and business leaders from Africa on behalf of ACYPL.
Pastor Wendell graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama. He has done further study at Emory University’s Candler Divinity School in Atlanta, at Case Western Reserve’s Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland and at Birmingham-Southern College.
He is the founder and managing partner of the Loder, PC law firm and has been practicing law since 1995. Through his practice, he has handled a number of significant cases involving consumer and civil rights, including an often cited bankruptcy case establishing homeowners rights to notice before foreclosure and a heavily relied on local case establishing property exemption rights for land owned by churches and religious entities.
He is married to the former Adrianne Lawnyette Ragland and has two daughters, Kimya and Kamaya.