First Lady Erma Gantt was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to the late Mr. Ellis and Deaconess Ellen Norfor. She studied and graduated from South Mountain High School in 1964. She attended First Pentecostal Church under the pastoral leadership of the late Bishop AC Eddings. She was baptized in Jesus’ name on January 27, 1957, and was filled with the Holy Ghost that same day.
While attending First Pentecostal Church, First Lady Gantt led the choir for 20 years as well as formed and directed the P.A.W. Mountain State Mass Choir. In addition to this, she was a Supervisor for several years at the Memorial Hospital Daycare and a Teacher’s Assistant at Mission Manor Elementary School located in Tucson, Arizona.
After her marriage to Pastor Gantt, First Lady Gantt moved to Tucson, AZ, in which they attended several churches until they settled at Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church. During her time at Emmanuel Grace Apostolic Church, First Lady Gantt dedicated her time serving as the President of the Pastor’s Aide, Usher Board, Women Ways and Means, and Chaplain Women. She also served as a Sunday school teacher, and the “head” of the Kitchen, and Women choir.
Pastor Marshall and First Lady Gantt have been married for over 41 years; three sons, five grandchildren, and two daughter-in-laws are a results of their union.