AMANDA BERRY SMITH
Amanda Matthews-Berry Smith was born the child of slave parents in the State of Maryland, USA. Inspired by Phoebe Palmer to fulfill her call to ministry, she began preaching in 1870 and continued despite cruel racism and barbarous sexism. Smith, despite having only three months of formal schooling, was both highly articulate and wonderfully anointed. Her gift made room for her and she gained remarkable respect from the educated and uneducated, alike. She ministered with great success throughout America, the British Isles, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Burma, and India, where she was commended by Methodist Bishop Thoburn.
(Taken from In the Spirit We're Equal: The Spirit, The Bible & Women
--A Revival Perspective by Susan Hyatt, 1998, pp. 165-166).
An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord's Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist (Chicago: Meyer and Brother, Publishers, 1839).
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Celebration of God's Women (292 MB)
Presenting the Inductee:
of Kansas City
VENETIA CARPENTER is an ordained minister. She is the founder and President of Ecclesia International Ministries.
Venetia ministers in a strong prophetic vein which is used to edify, encourage and exhort others to continually draw closer to Christ. Venetia is trained and certified in the Elijah House Prayer Counseling course. Her desire is to see the people of God built up to fulfill and accomplish their individual calling that was set in place by God, The Father. Venetia is an accomplished teacher, training and equipping others into the knowledge of all biblical truth and the power of the Holy Spirit. Venetia is currently on staff at the Int'l House of Prayer and is also employed at God TV where she serves in a leadership role. She is an advisory board member for the Christian Woman’s Hall of Fame as well as a member of the Administrative committee board for the Association of the Advancement of Christian Women Leaders. Venetia is continually leading and ministering in the teachings of the course, In the Spirit we are Equal, both in home classes as well as individual sessions. Venetia is the author of the powerful book, Church, who’s your Daddy? that has impacted people and ministries around the world to draw closer to Christ. Venetia is married to John and has 2 awesome grown children, Nicholas and Samantha Bennett as well as a wonderful son in law, Steven.