Vetrea Slack Ruffin and the Ruffin Family

Vetrea Slack Ruffin and the Ruffin Family

 Harvest, Alabama, USA


Evangelist Vetrea Slack Ruffin is a national recording artist, songwriter, workshop conductor, and vocal instructor. She was born to Frederick Slack and her late mother, Vetrea Davidson Slack. in St. Louis, MO and reared in East St. Louis, IL. She attended Lincoln Senior High School; Alabama A&M University; the University of Alabama in Huntsville; and C.H. Mason Bible College.

When Vetrea was very young, her mom, who was a musician in her own right, formed a family gospel group, "The Slack Family." The Slack Family was very popular in the Missouri and Illinois areas, singing traditional gospel music. Vetrea's mother was her inspiration, both musically and spiritually. She credits her mother for her acceptance of Christ at the age of 13. Vetrea organized her first youth choir at her church in St. Louis at the age of 14 she served as the youth choir president and director. After her marriage in 1977, she moved to Huntsville, AL where she soon became instrumental in aiding many churches in organizing and reorganizing their church choirs.

The Lord has gifted her to write songs through the medium of dreams. In her earlier years, she felt incompetent to finish the songs that the Lord would give her through dreams, until she received a prophesy from a spiritual mentor, Supt. Joe Mack Bankhead, confirming that God would use her to write songs. Today, Vetrea is a very accomplished songwriter.

Through the godly inspiration and encouragement of her husband, she formed the national recording group, "Vetrea Slack Ruffin and the Ruffin Family," which consists of Vetrea and her daughters. In 1999, they completed their first album, "Help Me Render Completely."


That's Why I Call His Name

Written By: Vetrea Slack Ruffin

Lyrics can be viewed on

We Were on His Mind

Written By: Mark Jones/Vetrea Slack Ruffin/Paul Ruffin

Lyrics may be viewed on


House of Worship, 2010, Album
Help Me Render Completely, 2000, Album

That's Why I Call His Name (Radio Airplay/Streaming)
Lord, I Need You (Radio Airplay/Streaming)
Lord, I Wanna Thank You (Radio Airplay/Streaming)
We Were on His Mind (Radio Airplay/Streaming)
Fill this Place (Radio Airplay/Streaming)
God is Good (Radio Airplay)

Yes He Cares (Radio Airplay)
Help Me Render Completely (Radio Airplay)
Then Came the Word (Radio Airplay)
I Will Bless You (Radio Airplay)
The Anointing (Radio Airplay)
Callin' on Jesus (Radio Airplay)