Cecil Gaines worked as a butler for 34 years in the White House under eight presidents. His faithful ministry extended far beyond the White House. He was also a very humble minister in the Baptist Church in his home town where he served for 60 years. He was known among the church members as a very humble and devoted person. He served in the church as an usher opening the doors of the church for all the parishioners. Pastor Robert Hood once said that Cecil Gaines was a servant who did the work of the Lord from his heart.