Rev. Kimberly McMichael was recently appointed as the Senior Pastor of Greater Gaines Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Savannah, Georgia. She is the mother of four and grandmother of Azuri and Gideon. Pastor Kim is affectionately known as the Pastor with the tool belt. She loves carpentry projects and says that is must be the Jesus in her.
Rev. McMichael was called to Georgia amidst a successful business career very much like the story of Abraham. She and her family packed what they could, and moved to Evans County, Georgia. She attended Troy University where she obtained her M.Ed. degree with a specialization in psychological counseling. She then joined the ITC family of scholars where she completed her M.Div. degree with honors.
Rev. McMichael formerly pastored Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in the “Sweet Onion” City of Vidalia, Georgia and Fountain Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irwinton, Georgia where she helped heal a congregation who was plagued with pain. She helped to restore them as a community church who became intentional about seeking the unchurched, lifting up the fallen, and demonstrating the love of Christ through forgiveness and restoration.
Rev. McMichael was appointed to Greater Gaines Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church as the first woman to pastor in the history of the church’s 131 years. She says, “we hit the ground running and became one happy family.” They have been busy updating the campus and preparing it for growth. Rev. Mc- Michael has a teaching spirit and tries to live a lifestyle of worship through praise and thanksgiving. She is excited about the assignment and looks forward to the opportunity for the ministry that God has placed before her. Congratulations to Rev. McMichael and the Greater Gaines Chapel AME Church. Sharon Gilliard-Smith, Reporter