Pastor Vivian McDonald is the second oldest of seven children born to the late Bishop Preston and Lady Pearl Williams. She was born in Gainesville, Florida, and at an early age the family relocated to St. Marys, Georgia.
Pastor McDonald was saved at the age of 12 and has spent the overwhelming majority of her life in the church, serving in a variety of positions such as, Sunday School Teacher, Choir President, Local Missions Vice President, Pastor's Wife, Women's Ministries President, etc. She has also served as an Evangelist traveling in and out side of the USA.
She was educated in the local school system in Camden County, attending Camden County Training School in St. Marys, Georgia and graduating from Ralph J. Bunche High School in Woodbine, Georgia. In January 1966, Pastor McDonald was joined in holy matrimony to the late Reverend Frankie McDonald , who served as the National Evangelist in the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. Reverend and Pastor McDonald were blessed with two daughters, Tuwanna Rene' and Anita Tyese. Later added to Pastor McDonald's family were two son-in-laws, Samuel Brown and Steven Mann, an adopted daughter who works along side her in ministry, Minister Cassandra Abbott and an adopted son, Calvin L. Abbott. She has been blessed with two grandsons, Samuel Austin Brown and Brandon C. Mann. In January 1999 Pastor McDonald reached out to help a single mother by adopting eleven month old Isaiah K. Phillips.
In 1992, Pastor McDonald participated in the Lee College, Ministerial Internship Program, graduating in May 1993 and is currently an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and enrolled in the Church of God School Of Ministry.
In October 1993, Pastor McDonald answered the call of God to plant a Church of God in Southwest Georgia. She is now the founder and senior pastor of the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Dawson, Georgia, where her mission is to win the lost at any cost. On May 19, 2004 Pastor McDonald was presented the Women Making Magic Steel Magnolia Award, for all that she has contributed to the community. Pastor McDonald believes that if she can help somebody as she passes along, then her living won't be in vain. She knows how to show the true modern day "Passion of Christ", by loving people.