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About Reverend Rev. Gina M. Stewart, D.Min.

The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart is a pastor, preacher, builder, mentor, adjunct professor, and the first African American female elected to serve an established African American Baptist congregation in Memphis and Shelby County.

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, Dr. Stewart has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995 following her election by majority vote.

A 1978 graduate of Memphis Catholic High School, Dr. Stewart holds several degrees including a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing (University of Memphis – 1982); Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision (Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee – 1989); Master of Divinity (Memphis Theological Seminary – 1996); and Doctor of Ministry (Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia – 2007).

Dr. Stewart also attended the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute for Church Based Community and Economic Development (2000).

Dr. Stewart has received numerous honors and awards for her outstanding service to the church and the community including but not limited to Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority (2000); The Community Service Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (2000); O’landa Draper Humanitarian Award; Pastor of the Year Award (medium size church) from the Gospel Bridge Awards (June 2004); The World’s Most Loved Pastors from Gospel Today Magazine (November/December 2005); Women of Wisdom Award from the Women’s Foundation of Greater Memphis (April 2007); and Pastor of the Year Award from Citizens for Better Service (2012). Additionally, Dr. Stewart was the first female to receive the prestigious Carter G. Woodson Award from Southwest Community College-February (2013).

Dr. Stewart has been featured in numerous publications such as Gospel Today; Spirit Magazine; “Soul Sanctuary” 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. In June 2009, Dr. Stewart had the distinction of being the morning preacher for the Hampton Ministers Conference and the Conference Preacher for the Hampton Ministers Conference in June 2011.

Dr. Stewart is a former board member of the Advisory Board for The African American Pulpit; The National Civil Rights Museum; and Bread for the World. She has served as a Team Leader for the Pastoral Excellence Program for Lott Carey International a development and advocacy organization.

Dr. Stewart currently serves as Faculty Mentor for United Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Program and as 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 Trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Pastors Conference. She is a board member for Lott Carey Global Christian Mission Community. In August 2015, she was elected to serve as the Second Vice-President of Lott Carey Global Christian Missions Community, the first woman elected to serve in the organizations118 year history. Dr. Stewart is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and is the founder of Greater Works Inc. a non-profit organization devoted to philanthropy and ministry development.

Christ Missionary Baptist Church has experienced exponential growth in membership and finances under Dr. Stewart’s leadership. Since 1995 more than 4,000 persons have united with the church and the church has purchased numerous properties to accommodate the significant growth.   Christ Missionary Baptist Church offers more than fifty ministries intended to minister to the Spirit, Soul and Body of every person and lead to personal transformation. Dr. Stewart’s travels extensively conducting workshops, revivals, and seminars. She is a woman with a heart for God and God’s people.