Christian Women Making an Impact in the Church and Society

Christian women can be found exerting their influence in all spheres of society. They work in church, and are constantly fulfilling their potential in their professions, prolific at leading their businesses, or faithfully serving society through humanitarian efforts.

Have a read of this Keep The Faith list of Christian women making an impact in the fields of work, business and ministry. And be inspired.

Resident Pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC)
Pastor Yemisi Ashimolowo is responsible for the spiritual leadership of thousands, through her role as Resident Pastor of KICC; President of KICC’s Winning Women ministry; and Host of the Winning Women Convention, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022. As leader of Winning Women, Pastor Yemisi provides spiritual teaching for over 5000 women. She can also be heard preaching on KICC TV ministry broadcasts across the world.

An in-demand speaker, Pastor Yemisi has spoken at events in the UK, Europe, USA and Africa. As a philanthropist, Pastor Yemisi has supported orphans; built a home for children in Uganda; and provided sewing machines to women in Sri Lanka.

Founder, GUBA Awards
The GUBA (Grow, Unite, Build Africa) Awards is a leading programme that honours African excellence and achievement. It was founded in 2009 by Ghanaian, Lady Dentaa Amoateng – a key advocate for the African community in the UK and on the African continent. Such has been the impact of her work, her many awards include an MBE; the Ghana Peace Awards Humanitarian Service Laureate; and being listed as an African trailblazer to watch in 2022. Lady Dentaa is a woman of many talents, and has worked as an actress, sports agent, and event organiser, and is well known from hosting popular TV show The Dentaa Show, which still airs on Fox Live Africa. High-profile events Dentaa has spearheaded include the 16th anniversary celebration of the reign of Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, King of the Asante Kingdom; and a State Banquet she was invited to organise by the Government of Ghana and Clarence House. Through her work, Dentaa seeks to encourage an exchange of culture, business, skills and support within the African diaspora and African continent.


Founder, Rehoboth Foundation
Pastor Celia Apeagyei-Collins is one of Christendom’s foremost female leaders. With a commitment to training, teaching and mentoring others, she founded the Rehoboth Foundation, which provides leadership/vision development, mentoring programmes, executive coaching, and Young Emerging Leaders (YEL), a forum that runs mentoring and leadership development courses for Millennials. Pastor Celia, as she is affectionately known, also oversees Jesus Cares, the humanitarian arm of the Rehoboth Foundation. Organisations regularly approach Pastor Celia for consultancy services, and she works for charities in various capacities. She is currently an ambassador for Tearfund; a director/trustee for Operation Mobilisation; and a director of the National Church Leaders Forum. A rising media personality, Pastor Celia presents Take The Lead on TBN UK. A dynamic and in-demand speaker, Pastor Celia, has spoken at major conferences, church services, and events in over 50 nations.


CEO, Black Lives in Music
Charisse Beaumont is CEO at Black Lives in Music, an organisation that seeks to create an inclusive and diverse music industry. In 2021, Black Lives in Music commissioned a survey on the personal experience of Black creatives and professionals in the music industry. The subsequent report, ‘Being Black in the UK Music Industry’, achieved over 3000 downloads in its first week of release and the media campaign reached 788.9 million. Last year, Black Lives in Music was listed by the US media giant Fast Company, as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music. The report made an impact. In 2022, Charisse was inducted into Music Week’s ‘Women in Music’ roll of honour. In 2023, Ms Beaumont was voted an Association of Independent Music Diversity Champion and received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of West London. She also chairs the LIVE Group EDI workforce committee and sits on the advisory committee at War Child UK.


Breakfast Show presenter, Premier Gospel
Christian DJ Belinda Brooks has the privilege of presenting the weekday Gospel Breakfast Show on Premier Gospel, the biggest gospel station in the UK. As the host of the Gospel Breakfast Show, Belinda leverages this influential platform every weekday morning to inspire and uplift listeners, setting a positive tone for their day. She interviews influential Christians – both in the Church and in wider society and, beyond her role in broadcasting, Belinda also contributes her expertise as the HR Manager at, a private telecoms company. She also manages Radical Family, a gospel sound system. This combination of roles showcases Belinda’s versatility and dedication to making a meaningful impact both within and beyond the world of radio.

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Saxophonist, broadcaster, composer
YolanDa Brown is an award-winning saxophonist whose music success has opened doors of opportunity. This double MOBO Award-winning artist has toured with leading artists, including The Temptations, Billy Ocean, and others. A composer, she’s currently creating music for TV shows on Sky Kids and Netflix. In 2022, YolanDa was appointed Chair of BPI – the representative voice for record labels in the UK and organisers of key music events, such as The BRIT Awards and co-owner of The Official Charts. YolanDa is currently Chair of Youth Music; sits on the Arts Council National Council; is a trustee of the PRS Foundation; an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and London Music Fund, and more. In 2021, she was invited by the Department of Education to sit on the advisory panel of the National Plan for Music Education. The Lord Lieutenant of Greater London appointed YolanDa as a Deputy Lieutenant in October 2022, and the following month, in November,  she was awarded the Music Week – Women in Music ‘Music Champion Award’. Last year, 2023, YolanDa was awarded an OBE for services to music, music education, and broadcasting.


Gospel singer, vocal trainer 
Multi award-winning artist Lurine Cato is one of Britain’s most well-known female gospel soloists. Her accolades include a Wise Woman Award (2012), MOBO Award (2013) and an MBE (2020). Lurine has released several albums and is an in-demand artist who has performed in front of royalty. She came to national attention when she was lead vocalist of the B Positive Choir, set up by the NHS to encourage people to give blood. The choir reached the finals of Britain’s Got Talent. Aside from performing on stages throughout the world, Lurine is involved in both charitable and community work, such as working with the Children’s Society, and she regularly shares her gift of song via prison ministry. She was recently recognised as a person of honour by her local borough in Enfield.
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Speaker, church leader, author

Susan Deborahs is a speaker, author and digital motivator who’s passionate about helping women thrive in faith and life. She and her husband, Ayokunu Oduniyi, are senior leaders of A New Thing London – a Kingdom, creative family. Since the release of her book Living Waters in 2014, Susan has partnered with YouVersion to write multiple devotionals, to which over 500,000 people worldwide have subscribed. She has also released a 21-day devotional called Back to Life, and her most recent release is Connecting with God: A Guide to Cultivating Authentic Relationship with Him. Susan is the founder of Coffee & Prayer – a ministry that aims to equip women to be their best and to live purposefully – which has impacted thousands of women through online and offline events, with the focus to nurture community and see women flourish. 


Director, Centre for Black Theology, Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education
As director for Black Theology at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education, Dr Dixon McKenzie highlights the necessity for church leaders, lay ministers, and activists to pursue theological education. Dulcie’s PhD about the history of Black British gospel music is the first academic study of its kind, and she is committed to increasing the contribution of African Caribbean Christianity to global Christianity. Dr Dixon McKenzie is set to publish her debut book, Reclaiming the African Caribbean Roots and Route of Black British Gospel Music, in 2025She has also co-edited a collection of research studies in Black British gospel music alongside Dr Monique Ingalls and Dr Pauline Muir – due out this year – and has contributed an essay for a handbook for theologians celebrating the church songs sung by the Windrush Generation, which have been re-imagined by Windrush Theology and the Arts.

Founder, HeartSong Radio; personal brand specialist
HeartSong Live Radio is the first online Christian radio station in Scotland to be started by a Black woman. The founder is the multi-talented Eloho Efemuai. You can hear her interviewing guests, playing music, and sharing words of inspiration designed to inform and uplift on her radio platform. She is also a personal brand strategist who empowers ambitious mission-driven individuals, creatives, women of faith, female leaders and entrepreneurs, and helps them to increase their visibility, influence authority, and grow their social media presence. Her clients have included Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE, Aaron T Aaron and Transformation House. A woman of many talents, Eloho is also a singer/songwriter, speaker, best-selling author, John Maxwell Certified coach, and award-winning broadcaster.

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Co-Pastor and Founder of the Wise Women Awards
Pastor Marjorie Esomowei is a woman with a pastor’s heart, who also champions women’s personal and spiritual development. Alongside her husband, Clem, she co-pastors Triumphant Church International, which has branches in Kent, Leeds, South Africa and Nigeria. She is founder of Wisdom for Women International, a ministry that runs prayer retreats, conferences and workshops for women, and is founder of the Wise Women Awards (WWA). This event, held every March before Mothering Sunday, celebrates the achievements of Christian women in the Church and society. WWA recipients has included Diane Abbott MP, Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Karen Gibson. Pastor Marjorie also does charitable work overseas; gives away school uniforms for disadvantaged children in Nigeria; and runs an orphanage. She is also an author and has published several books. Her latest book, The Leading Lady, provides insights to help women become more impactful leaders.

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Creative Director and Editor of Woman Alive
Tola Doll Fisher is the first Black woman to serve as editor of Woman Alive, Britain’s only monthly Christian-based women’s magazine. Under her editorship she has ensured that the magazine touches on issues – spiritual or societal – that can directly impact the lives and experiences of Christian women. She has also provided a platform for Christian women of diverse ages, ethnicities and Christian traditions to share their opinions, views and experiences. Aside from being an editor, Tola is an author. Her first book, Still Standing – 100 lessons from an ‘Unsuccessful’ Life, was published in 2020. She is also the host of the Woman Alive podcast and has been a panellist on TBN UK show Sisterhood. Tola is also a blogger, model and public speaker.
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Founder and Director, The Kingdom Choir
The Kingdom Choir, founded by Karen Gibson, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023 with a special concert at the Royal Festival Hall. It sold out – hardly surprising because, ever since the choir performed at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018, they have become a major concert attraction, and Karen has been described as the ‘the godmother of gospel music’. Last year the choir underwent a tour in the USA. In January 2024 Karen was one of the judges on the BBC Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year competition. Aside from her work, Karen is an in-demand choir director and has led gospel workshops throughout the world. It’s worth noting that, due to overwhelming demand for tickets for the choir’s 30th anniversary celebration last year, Karen will direct the choir at another 30th anniversary celebratory concert – this time at the Barbican on May 27, 2024.

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Singer, radio presenter, TV host, humanitarian
A woman of many talents, Sandra Godley’s influence and impact span music, media and philanthropy. As an artist, Sandra has released four albums as well as a single to raise money for charity. She has received numerous awards for her music, including two European Gospel awards from the Gospel Music Association for Best Overall Artist and Best Female Artist.

In her hometown of Coventry, Sandra presents two shows on BBC CWR: Upbeat and The Sunday Breakfast Show. She recently hosted five round-table discussions for TBN UK as well as Mercy Ship’s Christmas TV show. A humanitarian, Sandra works with numerous charities and is currently Patron for Highly Sprung Performance, the UK’s leading physical theatre; an ambassador for AtaLoss and for the Belgrade Theatre. She is also a trustee and humanitarian of Feed the Hungry and has travelled the world to view their work. Just recently Sandra was awarded an OBE in the King’s New Year’s Honours list for her charitable work in Coventry.


Principal Adviser, Christian Aid; Co-Chair, National Church Leaders Forum
Dionne Gravesande has over 25 years of leadership experience working with churches, faith institutions, national and international non-governmental organisations. She is Principal Adviser at Christian Aid and has a remit for global partnerships and ecumenical collaborations on issues of faith and international development. In 2022, Dionne served as the Churches Together in England Forum Moderator, and last year she chaired the planning group that delivered the National Windrush Church Service held at Southwark Cathedral. Dionne is Co-chair for the National Church Leaders Forum. For over 12 years, she has been a regular columnist for Keep The Faith magazine and was a contributing author to the book The Black Church in the 21st Century. A member of New Testament Church of God, Dionne has worked in various roles, including serving as a Sunday school teacher, a local youth and Christian education director, and being a member of the National Youth & Christian Education Board.


Bishop of Dover, Diocese of Dover
Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin is a trailblazer for women in ministry within the Church of England and the wider Church. In 2019 she became the first Black woman to be appointed to the position of Bishop of Dover, sited in the Diocese of Canterbury. Ordained to the ministry in 1991, the Jamaican-born church leader has occupied numerous positions of note, including serving as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and as Priest Vicar of Westminster Abbey from 2010-20. In 2019, the Bishop received an Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government and, in 2020, she received an MBE for ‘services to young people and the Church’. Bishop Hudson-Wilkin’s pastoral office has meant she plays a major role in prominent national occasions and celebrations. She was one of several ministers to lead prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 and, in 2023, she was one of three female church leaders to play a role in the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey.

Pastor, TruthVine Church; Founder, Betty King International Ministries
Rev Dr Betty King has been a minister of the Gospel for more than 29 years and founded Betty King International Ministries (BKIM) in 1998 as a prayer and intercession ministry for people in need. It is a conduit to see people permanently delivered from their trials and afflictions. BKIM is also a prophetic hub of prayer, community outreach and revival based in Wembley, London. Rev King presents two shows on God TV. One is called The Cry, where she interviews leading Christians from across the globe. The other programme is called Growing in Truth, where she is joined by a special guest who brings the Gospel alive. A Kingdom builder, Rev King constantly brings Christians from across the globe together to pray, learn, network and collaborate.


CEO, World Vision UK
In 2023, Fola Komolafe made history when she became the first woman – and first Black person – to be appointed as CEO of World Vision UK, a humanitarian aid and development charity. Fola’s experience spans working for large multinational, which include HSBC, IBM, and Mazars, where she was a UK partner and Global Lead for International Development. As CEO of Indisys Business Solutions, Fola provided strategic direction and philanthropy advice to several large UK Christian charities, and directed award-winning development projects across multiple countries in Africa and South Asia for the Open University. Prior to her appointment, Fola also served as Vice-chair on World Vision UK’s board of trustees. Fola has served in church leadership for over 30 years; co-founded several charities; and held non-executive director roles with organisations locally and nationally. Last year she received the Community Impact Award for Volunteers and the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Women Leaders UK Awards. And, in January 2024, she became the first woman to win the first Black Excellence Award, held in her hometown, Milton Keynes.


Bishop of Croydon, Diocese of Southwark
In 2022, Rosemarie Mallett made history when she became the first Black woman to be appointed as Bishop of Croydon. Born in Barbados, Bishop Rosemarie grew up the UK. She was ordained a priest in 2005. Prior to her ordination, she was a research sociologist and academic, specialising in international development and ethnocultural mental health. Alongside her duties, Bishop Rosemarie serves as the Southwark Diocese lead on racial justice. She regularly appears on BBC Radio Four’s Prayer for the Day; has led The Daily Service on BBC Radio Four; and is a spokesperson on racial and social justice issues nationally. She has also served as a trustee and director of several London charities which focus on building community cohesion. Last year, she was one of several church leaders providing spiritual leadership and support in Croydon following the stabbing of 15-year-old Elianne Andam.
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Lead elder, pastor, preacher
Rhona Mpologoma Tackie is a young pastor, preacher and teacher. A teacher by profession, she became a Christian as a teenager, and began honing her preaching and teaching skills at her local church in East London at the age of 16, where she  served as an intercessor and youth leader. She eventually joined the pastoral care ministry. Rhona’s journey as a preacher has seen her gain preaching engagements in the UK and abroad. She can also be heard sharing a word or leading prayers on Christian TV station TBN UK. Alongside her husband, Omar Tackie, both serve as senior leaders of a thriving church ministry named ARC 2.0 in Forest Gate, east London. Rhona is committed to empowering, educating and equipping individuals to walk in all that God has purposed them to be.

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Founder, Jacqueline Peart International Ministries
Apostle Jacqueline Peart is a highly sought-after leadership coach, mentor and speaker. She’s also an author and has 11 published books, the latest being The Holy Spirit – Heaven’s Sherpa. Apostle Peart is viewed as a leader of leaders and has pioneered the training of thousands of women who feel a call to preach or establish ministries in the UK and abroad. She is founder of the International Wholeness Centre, which trains leaders in the five-fold ministry, and The Wholeness Academy, which helps thousands around the globe to find and live a life of wholeness through Jesus Christ. Aside from providing Christian leadership and teaching, Apostle Peart is a businesswoman. She runs Training With Purpose International (TWPI), which provides a range of services including leadership coaching to Christian and secular organisations. TWPI was highlighted by the UK’s Commission for Employment and Skills for its exemplary employability skills and personal development training.


Founder, Melqosh Mission International
A woman of compassion, UK-based minister Pastor Faith Okrafo-Smart has dedicated her life to serving God and the most vulnerable in society. Pastor Okrafo-Smart founded Melqosh Mission International (MMI) to provide support to amputee victims of Sierra Leone’s Blood Diamond war. MMI provides food, school uniforms, training and anything else amputees need to ease their life difficulties. In response to the COVID crisis in 2020, MMI provided rice, face masks, antibacterial soaps, buckets and clean water to amputees. In 2021, via her charity, Pastor Faith built a multipurpose educational centre, which includes a library and IT hub for amputee war survivors and their children. She was appointed General Overseer of Strong Nation International House of Prayer in February 2022 and has seven church plants across Sierra Leone. Pastor Faith is part of Restore Sierra Leone (an intercessory prayer movement) and provides support for victims of domestic abuse and violence.


Businesswoman; Founder, Women on the Frontline
Claudine Reid MBE is one of the most well-known businesswomen to come out of Britain’s Black Pentecostal Church movement. Alongside her role as Managing Director of PJs Community Services, Claudine is Chair of Lloyds Banking Group Advisory Group, which seeks to help the bank understand the barriers faced by Black entrepreneurs. In addition, this former adviser to the British government on social enterprise is now an adviser to the Atlanta Black Chamber of Commerce. Claudine is a certified leadership coach, business psychologist, trainer and speaker with the world-renowned John Maxwell Team. She is also the founder of Women on the Frontline, a network designed to connect female entrepreneurs to form collaborative partnerships and to share knowledge. During the COVID-19 lockdown, Claudine led an online community for over 1000 women. It culminated with the release of three popular anthologies. Following her recovery from breast cancer diagnosis, Claudine released her best-selling memoir The Balancing Act, which shared insights about life’s priorities and overcoming challenges. In 2023, Claudine was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Multicultural Business Community Champion (MBCC) Awards.


Academic, writer, podcaster, activist

Dr Selina Stone is Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theological Education at Durham University with an interest in decolonisation. She has two published works, The Spirit and The Body: Towards a Womanist Pentecostal Social Justice Ethic and her latest book, Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith, has been selected as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2024. Born to a Jamaican family in Birmingham and raised in a Pentecostal church, she is now recognised as a trusted voice across denominations, the country and increasingly internationally. Her doctorate examined the theological and spiritual causes of Pentecostalism’s struggle to address class, race and gender inequity in the Church and society. She regularly supports charities and churches as a speaker, adviser and consultant on Christian theology, theological education, social justice, and leadership ethics. She is the host of Sunday School for Misfits, a podcast that critically examines faith, theology and the Church through the lens of Black millennial experiences in Britain.Connect with Dr Selina on X @SelinaRStone

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