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Rev. Cheryle Hanna, DMin.


Rev. Cheryle Renee-Chapman Hanna is the fourteenth Minister of the Congregation in the history of Fourth Avenue Baptist Church and its first female minister. 

Rev. Hanna previously served as Interim Pastor at Gracious Savior Lutheran Church and Director of Youth Ministries and Christian Education at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in her native Detroit. She also served as Minister of Discipleship at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto and taught ‘Learning from African-American Preaching’ with Paul Scott-Wilson at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. Since arriving in our nation’s capital, she has been active with the World AIDS Planning committee, the collegium of ministers in the Glebe and Ottawa South, the Ottawa Baptist Association and was appointed to represent Canadian Baptist of Ontario and Quebec on the Canadian Baptist Ministries Board.

Rev. Hanna has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in 2001 and had her ordination recognized by Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University and worked as an engineer at GM in her native Detroit for 14 years. She is married to Michael and they have four children and six grandchildren.

Rev. Hanna is also the author of Lessons for the Heart: 52 Ways to Share God with Children, Volume 1, 2 and 3. 


The Lessons for the Heart book series is a resource which is part guide, part demonstration, and part encouragement.

It will assist pastors, teachers, and parents to instill faith, confidence, and courage into the heart of every child.

Available on Amazon and Kindle. For additional information visit

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