2023 CDF Proctor Institute Leadership

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Rev. Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart

2023 Great Preacher


The Reverend Dr. Gina Marcia Stewart is an energetic, faithful, and loving pastor, visionary, preacher, adjunct professor, teacher, and community advocate. She has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church since March 1995. She is the first African American female elected to serve an established African American Baptist congregation in Memphis and Shelby County, Tenn.

Dr. Stewart is a graduate of the University of Memphis (BBA), Trevecca Nazarene College (M.Ed-Administration and Supervision), Memphis Theological Seminary (M.Div), and the Inter-Denominational Center (The ITC-D.Min.). She has also attended the Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Institute for church-based community and economic development. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind.

Dr. Stewart serves as the president of the Lott Carey Foreign Missions Society and is a member of the national board of the NAACP. She is a trustee for the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology and a co-convener for the Women in Ministry Conference. She is a former board member of the advisory board for The African American Pulpit, The National Civil Rights Museum, and Bread for the World. Dr. Stewart founded Greater Works, Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to philanthropy and ministry development. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her awards include but are not limited to the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award and pin, bestowed upon her by President Joseph R. Biden in June 2021.

With skillful hands and integrity of heart, Dr. Stewart has led the congregation of Christ Missionary Baptist Church (CMBC) to be a compassionate and caring community committed to proclamation, protest, and practice. At CMBC, the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, and the transforming love of God touches the wounded and broken.

Dr. Stewart travels extensively, conducting workshops, revivals, and seminars. She is a woman with a heart for God and God’s people.