Reverend Cheryle Hanna, DMin.
“I believe preaching is at the heart of worship and that the preaching moment allows us to celebrate all God is doing, has done, and will do on our behalf.”
iReverend Cheryle Renee-Chapman Hanna is the fourteenth Minister of Congregation of Fourth Avenue Baptist Church. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan and is Fourth Avenue’s first female minister. She was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in 2001 and her ordination was recognized by Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec in 2009.
Reverend Hanna formerly served as Minister of Discipleship at the Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto. In Toronto, she also taught ‘Learning from African-American Preaching’ with Paul Scott-Wilson at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.
In her native Detroit, Reverend Hanna served as Interim Pastor at Gracious Saviour Lutheran Church and Director of Youth Ministries and Christian Education at the Hartford Memorial Baptist Church. She was awarded a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Interestingly, she holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Kettering University and worked as an engineer at General Motors for 14 years.
Since arriving in our nation’s capital Reverend Hanna has been active with the World AIDS Planning committee, the collegium of ministers in the Glebe and Ottawa South, the Ottawa Baptist Association. and recently appointed to represent Canadian Baptist of Ontario and Quebec on the Canadian Baptist Ministries Board.
Reverend Hanna is married to Michael Curtis Hanna and they have raised four children; Natalie Randall (Kyler), Michael Anthony (Kel’Niesa), Adese, and William. They have six grandchildren, William Kato Hanna, II, Jackson Timothy Hanna, Simone Marie Randall, Myles Pembroke Randall, Adrian Renee Hanna and Eshe' Mihaela-Kreo Hanna.
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Reverend Hanna’s commitment to preaching extends to the children and she has recently published 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.
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