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Bishop Cheryl R. Smith, D.Min., Co-Pastor



Dr. Cheryl Smith is the Co-Pastor and one of the Founders of the EMMANUEL Worship and Deliverance Center (November 2002). Prior to Pastoring, she served as a committed member from birth at the Beth-El Temple Church of Christ under the leadership of the Late Apostle Robert Evans, Jr. and in later years, Bishop Richard Pender, Sr.


Saved at the age of 9 years old, she has always enjoyed learning about God and His word. Even as a child, the hand of the Lord was upon her life, often using her in the area of prophetic visions, dreams, and interpretation. In 1993, she accepted the call to ministry and the Office gift of Teacher. After 4 years of careful study, preparation, and training, she was licensed in March 1998 to teach and proclaim His Word.


Professionally, she has over 20 years experience as an Educator and Administrator in the Baltimore City Public School System.



Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland where she studied Social Science and Pharmaceutical Science. She received Certification in Youth Ministries at St. Mary’s Seminary and Certification in Elementary Education and Administration from the State of Maryland. She also has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, a second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Towson University, a Doctorate in Christian Education from The North Carolina College of Theology, and is currently working on another Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Concordia University.


In addition to being a Pastor and a Teacher, she has also been blessed to add the title of author to her list of attributes as she has written and published two books entitled, Pain With A Purpose and It's Ok To Breathe Again. Dr. Smith lives her life following the concept of "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain." As God continues to speak, she strives to be obedient to His will and to the call of destiny.

During the 27th Holy Convocation of the Beth-El Churches of Christ, Incorporated in Raleigh, NC under the leadership of the Presiding Prelate, the late Bishop Bernard N. Bragg, Dr. Cheryl Smith was consecrated to the office of Overseer with jurisdiction over the national Women's Department of the reformation.

In March 2022, Dr. Cheryl Smith received the Certificate of Apostolic Intention from the Presiding Bishop of the Beth- El Churches of Christ, Inc., Bishop Richard J. Pender, Sr. She was consecrated to the Episcopacy as an Auxiliary Bishop on Saturday, October 29, 2022.

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