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First Lady Patricia J. Polley

Patricia J. Polley, the esteemed First Lady of Zion Christian Assembly, was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She is the second of four children born to Evangelist Ethel Conley and the late Deacon Ralph Conley, Sr. She received her formal education in the Columbus Public Schools and is a graduate of Linden McKinley High School. In May 1959, she was baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the precious gift of the Holy Spirit at the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, under the ministry of the late Bishop Karl F. Smith. Ten years later, in May 1969, she pledged her love and devotion to then Brother William M. Polley in holy matrimony. To this blessed union was born two daughters, Catherine D. and Tonya R. Polley. Today, Bishop and Lady Polley are the proud grandparents of five: James, Devon, Iesha, Demetrius and Imani.

Prior to gaining the new title of First Lady, Sister Polley was very active in various ministries at the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith. She faithfully served on the usher board and was a devotional leader of the special topics and middle school departments. She was Chairperson of the Senior Citizen’s Day Committee, and was a faithful board member of the Women’s Ministry. She is also a former president of the Greater Apostolic Missionaries in Zanesville, Ohio. In addition to her many duties as a pastor’s wife, mother, and grandmother, she is employed at J.C. Penny’s in the credit and catalog department. She is also a former active member of the Von Thomas Ministries.

First Lady Patricia Polley is greatly admired and highly esteemed for her love and care for her family, senior citizens, and the youth. She loves God’s people and has worked faithfully by her husband’s side for many years. Her quiet and prayerful support has been a tremendous blessing to her husband as he fulfills the call of God on his life. In addition, Sister Polley is a gifted praise exhorter, program coordinator for various senior citizen events and often serves as mentor to the saints. Presently, she serves as the Director of the Women’s Ministry at Zion Christian Assembly.

Sister Polley loves to operate in the ministry of helps and her own works “praise her in the gates.” She is a woman of honor and distinction. One of her favorite passages of scripture is John 14:13-14, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”


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