Larry McGhee was born in 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, became a Baha'i as a young man and worked in several fields including academic counselling. He introduced the Baha'i faith to Lurenza when they met. Lurenza Wesley McGhee was born in 1972 in Lake Village, Arkansas, and has worked in behavioral sciences research at Triton College and Loyola University as well as in education administration for the Baha'i community. Today they live in Maywood, near Chicago, and are active in educational and service activities in their community.