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POSTED: July 12, 2010 1:28 p.m.
In the U.S. military, Dr. Diane Curry was a non-commissioned officer. In God’s army; however, she is a general.
Curry, a dynamic woman of God with a mile-wide smile, travels extensively to preach and teach the word of God. She said she loves God unconditionally and wants to educate others about the word and how it can eternally change lives.
Curry, a native of Monticello, Fla., is a retired Army master sergeant. She and her husband, Sgt. Maj. Arthur B. Curry (retired), moved to Fort Stewart from Alaska in 1993. She spent 21 years in the military.
As soldiers, she and her husband traveled to different installations and communities. Curry said she preached her first sermon in Neptune, N.J., at Union Baptist Church where the Rev. Arthur McGee served as pastor. She was ordained in 1993 by Pastor Charlie Barlow.
Curry currently is the assistant pastor at Mt Zion Outreach Ministries in Glennville, where the Rev. Bobbie Adkins is pastor. She also serves as the church administrator, handles the church’s finances and is the founder of LAEL Ministries.
“LAEL means, ‘belonging to God,’” Curry said.  “We are nothing but a distribution center. God is looking for ministries that He can channel things through. Whatever comes in, goes out. We are kingdom-minded.”
A captivating speaker, Curry frequently takes mission trips to bring the gospel to others. “LAEL ministry also assists by sending money to support missions. When I go overseas, I am able to see the conditions people are living in. Despite their living conditions, they are hungry for the word of God. They love to worship God and give 100 percent,” she said. “They are truly depending on God.” The assistant pastor has ministered overseas in Berlin, Brussels, Germany and Budapest, Hungary.
In addition to Curry’s activities abroad, she has preached in Alaska, Colorado, New Jersey, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and various cities in Georgia.
She has written two books, “The Holy Spirit: I Found Out that I Don’t Have to Tarry,” and “The Chronological Events of End Times: A Practical Study Workbook.”   
Curry said she challenges people to understand the need for spiritual growth. “Will you believe to see the great manifestations of God? We must learn to negotiate what God has already given us — the sky is the limit,” she said. “Stop looking at the giants and look at the giant killer. There has to be a mouth-and-heart connection. The word says we must confess with our mouth and believe with our heart. All things are possible if you believe.
“This is the season that God is literally trying to make us the head of. As the economy runs rampant, the people of God should not have to sound like the world. God is trying to transfer wealth,” Curry said. “God is looking for people He can put on display so the world will know that it pays to serve Him. Life is a series of tests. If you flunk the test, get back up again. Don’t throw in the towel.”
One of the scriptures Dr. Curry said she loves to quote is 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
Curry describes herself as a “country girl” who loves God. “I love God unconditionally,” she said.
The Currys live in Hinesville and have three daughters and one son.
 

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