Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale

Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale is the founding and Senior Pastor of the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur, Georgia, which has been honored as one of 300 excellent Protestant congregations in the United States.

As a woman of vision, Dr. Hale is revered locally, nationally, and internationally for her leadership, integrity, and compassion. In addition to her commitment to Ray of Hope Christian Church, Dr. Hale serves on an array of boards. In 2005 she convened her first Women in Ministry Conference, hosting women from various stages in ministry. She serves as Co-Chair of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, and Chair of the 21st Century Vision Team of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Dr. Hale was inducted into the African American Biographies Hall of Fame and the Martin Luther King Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. Selected by Senator Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, Dr. Hale gave the opening invocation at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. She also served as Co-Chair for Women in Ministry for Obama.

Dr. Hale has received numerous honors and recognition's, and is a contributor to the book, Power in the Pulpit II: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. She has been in ministry for 30 years. Her ministerial gift has drawn thousands, young and old, to witness a woman "totally sold out for the Kingdom of God." She has traveled abroad preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, sharing the Good News in Africa, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. Dr. Hale is "a woman on a mission to impact and transform this present world into the Kingdom of God."

A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Hale received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins College in Virginia. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Hale holds five Honorary Doctorates of Divinity.