Lady O (Dr. Evelyn Ogletree)- Featured Woman
Lady O is passionate and determined to see women move from their Devastations, Drama, Detours and Downfalls to their Divine Destiny! Her favorite scripture is: -“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Dr. Evelyn L. Ogletree, Executive Pastor of First Metropolitan Church (Houston, TX), affectionately known as Lady O, was born in Tyler, Texas but grew up in Dallas. She has always had a close relationship with the Lord and a special anointing which is revealed in her personal life, her ministry, and her ability to teach, preach, mentor, lead, counsel, and organize. God has graced her to reach women of all ages, stages and races. She faithfully serves with her husband to lead the First Metropolitan Church family. Her joy is being married to her childhood sweetheart for 42 years; Pastor John D. Ogletree, Jr, raising 4 college graduates who along with their spouses have blessed them with 11 grandchildren. Her ministry to her family has equipped her to speak to all issues of life!
In December of 2012, Lady O received her Doctorate Degree from Texas A&M University in Urban Education! Her dissertation researched the Voices of African American Female Pastors. She plans to write a book in the near future on female leadership in the church.
She continues to serve as Director of the Infant Development Center (IDC) and Christian Academy; where she directs quality Christian child care for children ages 6 weeks to five years of age, along with an after-school program.
The annual women’s conference Women At the Feet of Jesus was birthed through Lady O’s vision to help hurting women. This conference has been strategically designed to change the lives of women by addressing real life issues and providing real solutions they can understand and apply to their lives. She also leads a Wednesday night Bible study and a Christian talk show entitled, His View.
She and her husband conduct marriage workshops and retreats, along with the development of small groups to share, learn and grow together as couples in an intimate setting.
Her gifts are shared wherever she is called to speak! She ministers at other women’s conferences, leads workshops, seminars and classes. She is anointed to teach on many subjects such as Faith, Prayer, Spiritual Warfare, Forgiveness, Moving Beyond Your Past, Marriage and the Family, as well as Child Rearing, and does personal counseling and consultations with Ministers’ and Pastors’ wives. Her gifting has taken her in minister in Brazil, Colombia and Kenya. Her mission in life is devoted to addressing issues concerning today’s women and equipping them with strategic tools to become Victorious Vessels of the Lord; in the US and abroad.
Her book A Day With My Father, equips, inspires and sets free those who choose the life-giving power of forgiveness.
A Day with My Father
1) What exactly is your business and what made you get started?
My business is counseling teaching, mentoring, and leading women of all ages and in all stages of life. I am the author of A Day with my Father, a book on developing healthy relationships, restoring broken relationships and living beyond difficult relationships. I am also the founder of Women at the Feet of Jesus- an annual women’s conference and ministry that is designed to equip and empower women to excel in all walks of life and live beyond the everyday challenges that confront them on a daily basis. I offer sessions on marriage, the family, child rearing, relationships, mental and emotional health, business, forgiveness, retirement, etc. I started this career because I saw a great need in the women I came in contact with. It is fulfilling to me to help others grow and move their lives to the next level.
2) What one thing do you do every day to move yourself forward and stay focused? Where do you find your inspiration?
Each day I get up and seek guidance from God on what I need to do for that day. I check my e-mails and my calendar. I then make a list of what needs to be accomplished; prioritizing each item, then follow that list throughout the day. This keeps me from getting distracted and ensures I accomplish the things that are important.
3) What do you do regularly to take care of yourself?
To take care of myself, I have set play dates with my friends. I also set dates with myself to just do whatever I want to do on that day. I love a day at the spa!
4) How do you keep yourself emotionally balanced while you are pushing forward?
I am always careful to watch my emotional health. I guard my health by avoiding negative people and encounters. I know my triggers, I am aware of people who trigger my emotions, and I know my weak areas. I have learned to own who I am, take responsibility for keeping balance in my life to remain emotionally healthy. Over the years, I have develop personal strategies to keep me healthy, avoid going too far into depressing episodes, and I’ve set up ways to get back when I have gone too far.
5) What’s the best part and the worst part of your job?
The best part is helping people and seeing the joy restored in their lives. The worst part is my service can be draining. It would be great to have an assistant to take care of other areas like administration who I can depend on.
6) What failure taught you the most and what was it?
Failure is the best teacher on success. You will never learn and grow without failure. It has taught me what not to do again, how to do things better, and failure helps me appreciate the journey it took to get where I am now. I study successful people and all of them have a story of failure before they acquire their story of success. Failures can destroy you or make you stronger. Failures move you closer to your victories!
7) If you had to do something different, what would that be?
If I had to do something different in life, I would learn more about relationships and how to deal with difficult people. Perhaps, I may have handled some relationships differently if I had been better equipped.
8) If you had advice to give to someone else who was thinking of becoming an entrepreneur, what would that be?
Start off working for someone who has a successful business you are interested in. Help them and learn from them. See if this is a business you really want to spend the rest of your life doing. Don’t start off spending a lot of money. Start small and get a coach who is willing to advise you before you commit to start your business. Go slow in the beginning and get the knowledge you need….develop a business plan. Take business classes at a community college. Work as a manager of a small company.
9) What did you have to overcome personally to be able to do what you do?
I had to overcome fear, and the busy life of being a mother and wife. I went back to school and finished my education after I raised my children. I was fearful that I was too old and kept making excuses for not getting started.
10) Any last parting words?
As most women, I have put everyone else before me. I am in a season where I am learning to put myself first and make sure I explore and use my gifts and talents I have. It’s okay to be a successful woman and do things that showcase who you are! The world needs what we have, so it’s okay to get outside the home and enjoy sharing the other side of who we are. We have a lot to give to other women who are coming behind us. We must share what we have learned.
My book on forgiveness sums up a lot of the lessons I have learned about living life without regrets. If we can learn how to live with one another and forgive each other, our lives will be much happier and progressive. I share my disappointments, devastations, and detours of life, but most importantly I share how to live beyond them on a higher level; living happily ever after with no regrets.
First Metropolitan Church
8870 W. Sam Houston Parkway N
Houston, TX 77040