ALC Catherdral

In Loving Memory Of Dr. Saundra Elaine Montgomery


Dr. Saundra Elaine Montgomery

Dr. Saundra Elaine Montgomery, born Saundra Elaine Golding to Ilene and John Golding Sr. on January 27, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, lived a life filled with laughter, purpose and passion. She was always unapologetically her authentic self and unabashedly embodied the “twenty-first century” Proverbs 31 woman. She loved deliberately and fiercely.  The first of six children Saundra was raised in a loving Christian home where she was taught the Word of God and the importance of servanthood. Saundra was educated in the Cleveland Ohio Independent School System was an alumnus of the University of Houston and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree for her extensive work of serving humanity, advocating for the poor and disadvantaged and her comprehensive community service outreach to teenage girls and women from Saint Thomas Christian College. She lived a courageous life of strength, dignity, and excellence.

She married her childhood sweetheart Edward (Ed) Montgomery on November 6, 1976. They were blessed to have three children: a daughter, Angela Renee Montgomery, who passed away at the age of 14, two sons, Edward Lee Montgomery II and Simeon Raphael Montgomery. Saundra loved and cherished her family dearly. She was a caring and devoted wife to her husband and nurtured her three children.

Saundra was a great cook and believed that wives and mothers should provide home-cooked, delicious meals for their families. She believed mealtime was for the sharing of daily events, dreams of the heart and healing of the soul.  It was Sister Saundra’s love for cooking and calling to share spiritual and practical truths that inspired her to write her first book, Saundra’s Kitchen (a collection of food and thought).

Gracefully Made (a daily meditation and inspirational book) was the second book she penned. Her third book which will be published posthumously is a no holds barred look at her life’s journey and testimony.

 She embraced and supported the vision and heart of her husband as he began his life’s work of “building the people who shape the world.” After leaving Cleveland, Ohio, leading a small church in Bonham, Texas and establishing New Home Ministries, Ed & Saundra headed to Houston in 1980 and in 1981 the Abundant Life Center (Cathedral)-ALC was birthed. She was a courageous, bold, funny, and compassionate nontraditional First Lady. Throughout the history of ALC she led many areas, volunteers, administrative teams, choir and dance ministries and more. Bold in her spirit, her outward appearance and love for the Lord, Saundra was no typical first lady.  She had her own style and personality.  She didn’t follow the conservative trends.  She wasn’t afraid to address issues that many others shied away from.  Neither was she afraid to reach those in need in uncomfortable places.  Saundra was gifted in her ability to meet people where they were, speaking life into their situation, and leading them to where they may find the truth.  Her bold and infectious personality attracted people from all walks of life to come to know and accept (the Lord) Jesus as their personal Savior.  Her caring and vivacious personality pulled her towards people as she touched the lives of everyone she encountered. It was natural for Sister Saundra to take her ministry beyond the church’s walls and allow it to flourish in her everyday life. She spread the love and joy of knowing Christ in supermarkets, shopping malls, beauty shops, airports, gymnasiums, hospitals; in short, wherever she went she exuded the love Christ has for His people.

Combining her love for dance and her love for God, she founded the renowned Word in Motion Dance Company. Under her direction, Word in Motion quickly became the pioneer and standard for dance ministries in Houston and across the country.  Dancers learned how to express their love for God; she taught them the importance of worship and having a relationship with God which brought forth beautiful rhythmic praise.

Saundra loved life and created a fun and loving atmosphere wherever she went.  Her manner of teaching and preaching generated thunderous laughter and tears of purification. She frequently used vivid and memorable demonstrations in her presentations to convey spiritual truths. Saundra believed in the power of prayer.

She taught countless lessons and preached many sermons on the subject of prayer. She believed prayer was essential and continually exercised active prayer in her life. She was an inspiration in encouraging others to build a strong prayer life and often communicated the practice of a designated prayer closet and prayer bands to be effective tools of prayer. She led a weekly prayer and inspirational conference call which inspired women and men across the nation.

You! Woman in the Now (U-WIN) was her signature platform where she was able to release her creativity and satisfy a life commitment of empowering women and teen girls. Founded and directed by Dr. Saundra, U-WIN has proven to be a model of building intricate relationships, systems, and programs that build and shape women to fulfill their desired passions and destinies.  Headquartered in Houston, Texas U-WIN is a woman’s support system comprised of cell groups that meet in homes, women’s shelters, transitional facilities, nursing homes, school districts, and other venues where women congregate. It is estimated that through the reach of U-WIN in the United States, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, and Africa… U-WIN has touched the lives of over one million women, men, and families. The organization has been recognized and commended for services rendered and support extended in numerous and varied communities.

Saundra was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, being recognized for Outstanding Leadership, Women of Influence, Outstanding First Lady Community Service, Business Women, Woman of Essence, and other service awards. Not to mention, she has been featured in Charisma Magazine, The Houston Chronicle, Today’s Christian Woman, and numerous print and online articles which demonstrated her ability to teach, inspire and propel women into their destinies.

On Monday, August 10, 2020, Dr. Saundra Elaine Montgomery transitioned from earth to her heavenly home in strength and peace. She is with God…God is in heaven so there is a little piece of heaven in your heart. She will be with us always. She has left an irreplaceable mark on this earth and upon all of those who knew and loved her. She leaves to cherish her memory; husband, Dr. Ed Montgomery, sons, Edward Lee Montgomery II and Simeon Raphael Montgomery, sisters, Rhonda Jackson and Kathy Phillips (Ali) brother, Rodney Golding (Lisha), nieces and nephews, Monica Jackson, Nicole Jackson, John John Jackson (Jamie), Monique Phillips, Kenneth Phillips, Dewayne Golding Jr., Erin Golding, Kylah Golding, Rodney Golding ll, two Aunts, and host of cousins, Godchildren and beloved friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Ilene and John Golding Sr., daughter, Angela Renee Montgomery, brothers, John Andrew Golding Jr. and Dewayne Golding. Dr. Saundra has left a legacy of hope, promise, laughter and strength. She will be missed immensely.

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