Pastor Ratliff is a native of California and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as a U.S. Army Chaplain for 20 years serving in numerous capicities of leadership before retiring in 2004. He and Rev. Maurice Lawson established the church in 2005. He is married to Mauri Ratliff and they have one daughter, Shira.