Our Senior Pastor - Reverend Dr. Gina M. 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.
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 Master 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 such as Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority (2000), The Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (2000), the O'landa Draper Humanitarian Award, the Pastor of the Year Award (medium size church) from the Gospel Bridge Awards (June 2004), and The World’s Most Loved Pastors (November/December 2005-Gospel Today magazine) and the Women of Wisdom award from the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis (April 2007). She received the Pastor of the Year award from Citizens for Better Service (2012).
Dr. Stewart has been featured in numerous publications such as Gospel Today, Spirit magazine, “Soul Sanctuary” (released April 2006), a desktop documentary of the essential highlights of the African American worship experiences across denominations nationwide and The African American Pulpit, a quarterly journal that serves as a repository for the very best of African American preaching and provides practical and creative resources for persons in ministry.
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.