Vetrea Slack Ruffin and The Ruffin Family is a multiple award winning mother-daughter trio who bring a message of deliverance, healing, and freedom. Their songs tell of God's goodness, His anointing, and His word. This gospel group has a style that blends traditional and contemporary music with out compromise.
When Vetrea was very young, her mom, who was a musician in her own right, formed a family gospel group, "The Slack Family." The Slack Family was very popular in the Missouri and Illinois areas, singing traditional gospel music. Vetrea's mother was her inspiration, both musically and spiritually. She credits her mother for her acceptance of Christ at the age of 13. Vetrea organized her first youth choir at her church in St. Louis at the age of 14 she served as the youth choir president and director. After her marriage in 1977, she moved to Huntsville, AL where she soon became instrumental in aiding many churches in organizing and reorganizing their church choirs.
The Lord has gifted Vetrea to write songs through the medium of dreams. Today, Vetrea is a very accomplished songwriter. Through the godly inspiration and encouragement of her husband, she formed the national recording group, "Vetrea Slack Ruffin and the Ruffin Family.” They have two albums to their credit, "Help Me Render Completely" and their most recent, “House of Worship.”
Today, Vetrea and her daughters regularly sing to people who are sick and shut-in. Vetrea is an Evangelist, serving as First Lady of the Forge Temple COGIC in Birmingham, AL. She has served as Dean of Education for the COGIC International Music Department under the leadership of Dr. Judith McAllister for 7 years. She has completed two exceptional books, "Church Choir Administration" and a vocal book entitled, "Using Your Vocal Instrument."
She is happily married to her husband of 43+ years, Dr. Paul B. Ruffin, who is an award-winning, world-renowned scientist, educator, and pastor of the Forge Temple COGIC. They reside in Harvest, AL. Their two daughters, Lacretia (Kellen) Ruffin Conaway and Angelica Ruffin reside in Huntsville. She is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren: Jared, Victoria, and Kellen II.