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Pastor Gina Stewart

Pastor Gina Stewart

Pastor Gina Stewart - The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995. Pastor Stewart is a native Memphian and “daughter” of Christ Missionary Baptist Church where she was baptized, and mentored for ministry by her predecessor and former pastor, the Rev. Eddie L Currie. On March 4, 1995, she was elected by majority vote to serve as the pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church. She is the first African American female elected to serve an established African American Baptist congregation in Memphis and Shelby County.

Dr. Stewart has had the distinction of being the morning preacher for the Hampton Ministers Conference in June 2008 and the Conference Preacher for the Hampton Ministers Conference in June 2011.

Dr. Stewart has served as a Team Leader for the Pastoral Excellence Program for Lott Carey International, a development and advocacy organization. She serves as an Adjunct Professor for Memphis Theological Seminary and a Visiting Professor of Practical Theology for the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She also serves as a Co-Convener for the Women in Ministry Conference-Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, Convener and a Trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference. She is a former board member of the Advisory Board for The African American Pulpit. She is a former board member for The National Civil Rights Museum and Bread for the World. She is the founder of Greater Works Inc. a non-profit organization devoted to philanthropy and ministry development. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

More than 4,000 persons have united with the Christ Missionary Baptist church under Dr. Stewart’s leadership. In addition to significant numerical growth, the church has experienced exponential physical and financial growth. The church has also purchased several additional properties to accommodate their increasing growth. The church offers more than forty ministries which are intended to minister to the Spirit, Soul and Body of every person and lead to personal transformation. She travels extensively conducting workshops, revivals, and seminars. Dr Stewart is a woman with a heart for God and God’s people.

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