Bestow Schools | Founders
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Founders

ADRIANNE RAGLAND-LODER

Elder/School CEO & Director

Elder Adrianne Loder serves as the CEO of Bestow Schools, Bestow Early Learning Centers and Win Humor Act Create Know Learning Centers. She previously served as the Senior Director of Youth Christian Education for The Worship Center Christian Church where she oversaw the development of its children, youth & college ministries. Adrianne is currently a troop leader for The Girl Scouts of America and her troop has generated a Gold Award winning scout.

Adrianne has dedicated over 17 years of service to impacting the lives of children and families. Adrianne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has also studied in UAB’s graduate school of education and at Jacksonville State University. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Adrianne is the wife of Attorney and Pastor Lee Wendell Loder and the proud mother of two daughters, Kimya and Kamaya.

LEE WENDELL LODER

Senior Pastor/General Counsel

Pastor Wendell is the founder of Bestow Schools, a subsidiary of  The Gift Pad Christian Outreach Centers. 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.