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MEET OUR SENIOR PASTOR & FOUNDING VISIONARY
OUR SENIOR PASTOR
Reverend Ciarra N. Smith-Bond was born and raised in Richmond, Va. She is the wife of Ronald Bond, Jr. and they are the proud parents of 3 young men of valor, Calvin Jr., Josyah and Graceson. She is a leader, superior encourager, spiritual intellect, voice or reasoning, creator and advocate.
As a woman who firmly believes she must be a living example for those she mentors, she serves in a leadership role within the Juvenile Justice System. Ciarra received her Associates Degree in Funeral Service from John Tyler Community College. She later graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Union University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Criminology and a minor in Legal Studies.
Ciarra serves as the Senior Pastor at Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. She also serves with the Repairer of the Breach Global Ministry. Over the past 15 years, she has faithfully studied God’s word and served the membership with care and concern. As she matriculated through school, she began to question her next steps in vocation and ministry. Her destiny has led her into leadership within the ministry. Her role allows her to combine her passion, gifts and talents to help others gain a free and clear mind to tap into the greatness God has for them. Ciarra is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she is committed to be of service to all mankind. She also serves on the board for The Destiny’s Daughters Empowerment Ministry LLC. Actively involved in the community, both professionally and personally, she has surrendered to her calling to be a conduit for liberation and transformation.
Ciarra believes everyone is called for a purpose and everyday there must be great emphasis to fulfill that purpose.
Her favorite scripture is “ God is within her, she will not fall...” (Psalm 46:5 NIV).
OUR FOUNDING VISIONARY
Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ is the Founding Visionary of Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia and an Associate Professor of Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
Her senior sermon entitled, “An Unfinished Agenda” is published in Those Preaching Women, Volume II. She has published three books, Pamela Goes to Church and The Gospel According to Cancer: Reflections for Women with Cancer and Pamela Gets Baptized.
Dr. Gould-Champ is a former president of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and a former Moderator of the Shiloh Baptist Association of Virginia. She is the 1995 YWCA Woman of the Year for Religion recipient and designated a 2014 Boomer and Shaker by the Boomer Magazine.