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The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart is a pastor, preacher, builder, mentor, adjunct professor, and daughter of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee.  She has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995.  She 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.


She is a 1978 graduate of Memphis Catholic High School. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing in 1982 from the University of Memphis. In 1989, she received a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee. She received the Master of Divinity degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in May 1996. Rev. Stewart also attended the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute for Church Based Community and Economic Development (2000). She received the Doctor of Ministry degree from the ITC-Interdenominational Theological Center-(ITC)-Atlanta, Georgia on May 5, 2007.


Dr. Stewart has received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding service to the church and the community. Dr. Stewart has been featured in numerous publications such as Gospel Today, Spirit magazine, and “Soul Sanctuary”. 

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 currently serves as a Faculty Mentor for United Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program 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), a Trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference, and board member for the March of Dimes. She was recently elected to serve as the First Vice President of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, the first woman to hold this position. 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 CMBC under Dr. Stewart’s leadership. In addition to significant numerical growth, the church has experienced exponential physical and financial growth. The church offers more than fifty 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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