CHRISTINE A. SMITH, MDiv, was called as pastor of Covenant Baptist Church, Euclid, Ohio in 2006. She was the church’s first female pastor, first African American pastor, and only the second female Baptist pastor of a mainline denomination in the greater Cleveland area (American Baptist Churches USA). Under her leadership, the congregation has doubled in weekly attendance, new ministries have developed, and spiritual vibrancy has flourished.
In 2009, Rev. Smith organized Women Together in Ministry of Greater Cleveland, a network designed to connect, encourage, and support women in ministry. She also produces a weekly blog, “Shepastor,” dedicated to equipping female clergy.