Classy Preston holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Ottawa University, Ottawa, Kansas; a Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary, New York, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana. Preston’s corporate career includes eighteen years with Bristol Myers Squibb, New York City where she was awarded the top leadership award, The Lee H. Bristol Award, in 1987. She spent six years with Duke Energy Company, Raleigh, North Carolina and made tremendous contributions in the corporate supplier diversity initiative. She also served as President/CEO of Communities in Schools of Wake County for four years where she expanded community based learning centers for children and families in public housing.
Pastor of Pleasant Grove Church in Cary, North Carolina since May, 1998, Pastor Classy has served on the Boards of: Triangle Family Services, North Carolina Business and Industry and Tourism Committee, the Raleigh Housing Authority Self Sufficiency Board, the Capital Area Soccer League, The Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, The Family Place; and as a Junior Achievement Consultant for inner city youth; an adjunct professor in the Philosophy Department of St. Augustine College, Raleigh; and a participant in the Urban League Black Executive Exchange Program for college students. She has also served on the faculty of Apex School of Theology. She has served on the Board of Triangle American Red Cross and a Champion for WakeMed Foundation. Pastor Classy is active with the NAACP, faith based initiatives, and other community projects that attempt to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
Dr. Preston has been married to Jay Preston for 40 years. They strive to be a reflection of Jesus Christ, in all dimensions of their lives.