About the Candidate
Attorney Rainey is the only daughter among six siblings born to Robert and Fannie Albright. She was encouraged and supported by her family to improve her education. Lilly was taught early about Christian life and was disciplined to live according to the teachings of Christ. She is married to Mr. Eric Rainey and they are the parents of Alecia (LaDerick Underwood), Erica (Arthur Gooden) and Jordan. They are the grandparents of Austin, Avery, Alayna Underwood, Kristian and Bailey Gooden.
With a solid background in the Christian faith, Lilly’s daily life is guided by these principles. She ascended into the educational arena at Faulkner University and strived impressively to improve her foundation for a business career by earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She later became a licensed homebuilder in the state of Alabama and started her construction company. In addition, she was included in the 2006 premier edition of Who’s Who in Black Birmingham.
While serving as presiding elder of the Anniston District where she supervised twenty-eight churches, she attended Birmingham School of Law to earn a Juris Doctorate degree. Her law firm, Albright Rainey Law Firm, LLC has grown since its inception. She concentrates her practice in Civil Law and has counseled clients and handled numerous family law, property, employment, church law, consumer protection and personal injury cases. In addition, she has gained valuable experience as a mediator.
Presiding Elder Rainey has pastored Welcome Chapel CME Church, Saint James CME Church, and Supplied Mount Zion CME Church and Williams Chapel CME Church. At each charge where she pastored she excelled and made lasting changes. She is considered by members as a firm but kind leader. Bishop L. L. Reddick III appointed her presiding elder of the Birmingham Region, Anniston District in 2003 (first female) where she uses her vast knowledge and experience to guide the churches she supervises. Under her leadership as presiding elder of the Anniston District, she instituted several ministries, and she is known for empowering others, recognizing and awarding them for the work they accomplished. Bishop Teresa E. Snorton appointed her as presiding elder of the Birmingham District in July 2011 (first female) after the retirement of Presiding Elder William Wallace, Sr. Presiding Elder Rainey has made a name for herself as a quick learner, efficient, capable, loving, and compassionate and a true people-person. She has set the bar high for standards in her professional and personal life.
Presiding Elder Rainey has served the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in many capacities: Pastor; Presiding Elder; Annual Conference Trustee; General Conference Delegate; General Connectional Board Member; Vice-Coordinator Commission on Concerns of Women in Ministry; Contributing Author- Jewels for the Soul and the American Bar Association's Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division eReport; Correspondence, Recording Secretary and Registrar-Presiding Elders’ Council; Board Member and Secretary-Collins Chapel Health Center, and Audit Committee member for The World Methodist Council for the quinquennium- 2012-2016.