Birmingham District of the C.M.E. Church

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Rev. Dr. Lilly A. Rainey

Lilly A. Rainey is a native of Prattville, Alabama. She is one of six children born to Robert and Fannie Albright and  is the youngest and only daughter. After moving to Birmingham, Alabama and marrying Eric Rainey, she joined Metropolitan C.M.E. Church. They have three children: Alecia (LaDerick) Underwood, Erica, and Jordan. They are the proud grandparents of Austin, Avery, and Alayna Underwood.

Rev.  Lilly A. Rainey was licensed to preach by Presiding Elder Sidney Hill, Sr. in 1997. Bishop Paul A. G. Stewart ordained her Deacon in 1998 and Elder in 1999.  

During the 1997-1998 Annual Conference, she was assigned as pastor of Welcome Chapel C.M.E. Church, Hobson City, AL. Under Rev. Rainey's leadership the church was extensively renovated. The sanctuary was literally gutted and insulation was installed.  New drywall, lights, carpets, chancel rail, pews, tilee church was the vestibule, new restrooms and hot water were installed. The church was also blessed  with a new organ and they were able to hire an organist. The church experienced a growth in membership that included many youths and for the first time in many years, a youth choir was formed.  

During the 2001-2002 Annual Conference, she was assigned as pastor of Saint James C.M. E. Church in Jasper, AL.   During her tenure, the church was donated a digital piano and other renovations and repairs were made. 

During the 2003-2004 Annual Conference, Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III appointed Rev.  Lilly A. Rainey as the Presiding Elder of the Anniston District. This appointment made her the first female to serve in this capacity within the Birmingham Region of the Fifth Episcopal District.

Presiding Elder Rainey has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Faulkner University. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree  from Birmingham School of Law and is the founder of Albright Rainey Law Firm, LLC. She is an entrepreneur and owner of a homebuilding company. As a licensed homebuilder in the state of Alabama, she is licensed for residential and light commercial construction. She was the first minority to become a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Birmingham Association of Homebuilders where she served for three years. She also served on the membership and government affairs committees.

Presiding Elder Rainey is certified as a professional development trainer. She is certified to hold seminars on diversity, conflict resolution, etiquette, how to dress for success and many other topics on professionalism. She is an attorney at the Albright Rainey Firm in Homewood, AL.

Presiding Elder Rainey was included in the 2006 premier edition of Who’s Who in Black Birmingham.