Christine is a native of Baltimore and the daughter of the late Charles and Celestine Johnson. She has two brothers and two sisters. Christine attended Fairmount Hill elementary school and graduated from Dunbar Senior High School. Various departments of the Johns Hopkins Hospital for over thirty years have employed Minister Gilliard. She is one of the past recipients of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott-King Community Service Award for outstanding services at work and in the community.
Minister Gilliard loves to sing and at an early age sang in various groups with her sisters. After a time at the Christ Temple Church where she was baptized, she joined the New Friendship Baptist Church where she met her husband. She joined Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in 1989 when her husband became their pastor. Her church activities included Bible Study teacher, choir director, youth mentoring and counseling, new member development, homework assistance, Greif counseling, Ministerial staff and more. She has also held various positions in the Maryland Baptist State Convention and with various Ministers Wives organizations. She is one of country's most outstanding and respected pastor’s wives.
Sister Christine holds four academic degrees: the Associate in Arts degree (General Education, 1979) and an AA degree (Mental Health, 1982), both from the Community College of Baltimore City. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology, 1989) and her Master's degree (Education, Rehabilitation Counseling, 1997) from Coppin State University. She also holds a certification in Early Childhood Education from the Community College of Baltimore City (2002).
Minister Christine is married to Bishop Dr. Leroy Gilliard, Jr. They have one son, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She also considers hundreds of children at Mt. Carmel and Greater New St. John “hers.” Above all, she loves her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She firmly believes that God Specializes in things impossible!
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." (Proverbs 31:10-12.)