Our Leaders

Pastor Warren C. Dorris, Jr. & First Lady Rita Dorris 

PASTOR WARREN C. DORRIS, JR. 

Warren was born to Margaret and Warren C. Dorris, Sr. in Joliet, IL. He is the fifth child of seven born to Margaret and Warren Dorris, Sr.

During his childhood Warren was always involved in sports. He also loved to fish with his father and uncle (Willie D. Dorris).  Warren, Jr. was educated in the Joliet Public School System and graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1972. While in high school, he was selected Student of the Month (March 1972) and was honored at a luncheon hosted by the Joliet Rotary Club.  At the luncheon Warren was introduced to Peter Donis who was the Plant Manager at Caterpillar where Elder Warren Dorris, Sr. worked.  That day would change his life in ways he could never imagine.  Mr. Donis asked Warren, Jr. if he wanted to come to work for Caterpillar and participate in their four-year Management Training Program after completing high school. Warren, Jr. talked with his father concerning the proposal and decided to accept Caterpillar’s offer.  He began his employment at Caterpillar on October 23, 1972.  Warren graduated from the four-year Management Training Program in 1976.  Warren, Jr. went on to attend Joliet Junior College; Governor’s State University and has completed extensive studies at Moody Bible Institute.

As a lifetime member of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ, Warren was called to the Gospel Ministry in 1993. He was ordained in 1996 by Bishop Cody Vernon Marshall.  Pastor Warren Dorris, Jr. currently serves as the Chairman of the Northern Illinois State Elders’ Council which was the same position held by his late uncle and pastor, Robert L. Dorris.  Bishop Marshall also appointed him as a State Expeditor in June of 2002.  Additionally, He serves on the Church of God in Christ General Council of Pastors and Elders under the leadership of Chairman Michael Eaddy as the Chief of Staff.

With dedication, Warren served twenty-four years (six consecutive terms) in the Joliet City Council.  He officially retired from the Joliet City Council in 2011 as He entered the Mayoral Race for the 2011 election.  Reverend Jesse L. Jackson appointed him President of Rainbow/PUSH Joliet Affiliate in August 1997.  Warren, Jr. has been blessed in his professional career at Caterpillar, formerly held the position of Manufacturing Manager for six divisions at the Caterpillar Joliet facility and was promoted in 2007 to Technical Services Manager. Warren was the first African American in the history of Caterpillar (Joliet) to hold the highest management position and is also noted as one of the highest ranking African American executives in the corporation.  His career has allowed him to travel extensively in the United States, Europe, and many other parts of the world.  After thirty-six years of employment at Caterpillar, Warren officially retired on January 31, 2009.

Warren was appointed the Assistant Pastor of Prayer Tower in the fall of 2001.  Pastor Warren Dorris Sr. retired in November of 2005 and Bishop Cody Vernon Marshall appointed Elder Warren Dorris Jr. as Pastor.  Pastor Warren C. Dorris, Jr. is an anointed and dynamic preacher of the gospel.  He is forceful and energetic in his approach to the ministry and meets with much success in the matter of soul winning. He is committed to winning souls for Christ.

Pastor Warren C. Dorris, Jr. has been married to the love of his life for 38 years, and God has blessed them in many ways. They have been blessed with four children: Demmond (Tequilla), Shavahn (Alvin), Andre (Cameshia) and Erick. They also have six grandchildren: MacKenzie, Kennedy, Reagan, Alvin Jr., Cameryn and Khloe.

 

FIRST LADY RITA DORRIS

First Lady Rita Dorris has been serving as the first lady of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ since November of 2005.

A southern belle, Rita was born in Winona, MS to Georgia (Hobbs) and Booker Johnson. At the age of twelve, she moved with her mother and sister to Illinois where she fell in love with her husband Warren Dorris, Jr. Warren and Rita have been married for 37 years. Lady Dorris is the loving mother of  four children, Demmond (Tequilla), Andre (Cameshia), Shavahn (Alvin) and Erick. She is also the proud Nana of Kennedy, MacKenzie, Reagan, Alvin Jr., Cameryn, Khloe and numerous god-children.

Mrs. Dorris worked in the banking industry for 23 years, and completed numerous regulatory banking courses for certification. She achieved the position of Branch Manager seven years prior to retiring and obtained many awards in the areas of customer service, sales and efficiency. Rita currently attends Joliet Junior College, where she is pursuing a degree in social work. Prior to that, she completed several courses at Lewis University. It is her endeavor to open "Ms. Rita's House", an adult daycare facility, and "Kim's Pantry", a food center for the needy.

First Lady Rita Dorris is the Chairperson of Prayer Tower’s Women's Ministry. Under her leadership, in addition to starting a food pantry, a book store has been established to provide women of all age’s information in the areas of spiritual growth, health awareness and social support. For many years, she has been dedicated to the Outreach & Homeless Ministry and diligently works on other community projects. She also has a love for animals and enjoys reading, gardening and traveling with her husband.

First Lady Rita Dorris believes that if she continues to follow God’s mandate and allow Him to order her steps, she is confident that wherever he leads she will remain on the right path.