|The Reverend Dr. Donna Childs, Pastor
“Call out to me and I will answer you and will show you great and mighty things, secrets you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3. This scripture has encouraged Donna and motivated her to seek God’s Word and God’s will for her life. Donna Childs was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the Christian home of Deacon Martin Childs Sr. and Mother Gleneva Childs. She commenced and attained her Christian roots at the Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, where she is still a current and faithful member. Presently, Donna serves as the Senior Pastor of Tabernacle. She was called to that position in September, 2020. In the past, she has served as Interim Pastor, Associate Minister, Christian Education Ministry Leader, New Members Orientation Teacher and associate Bible Study Teacher for Tabernacle.
Donna has always exhibited a gift for teaching and a desire for motivating and inspiring other individuals through her words and the Word. She has always possessed a hunger and love of the Gospel. The Lord nurtured and flourished this hunger and called Donna to preach the Gospel in 2000. She was licensed in 2002 and ordained to formal ministry in 2013.
Outside of Tabernacle, Donna most recently served as the Director and Principal of the New Testament Christian Academy, having served there for thirteen years. Prior to New Testament, Donna worked at Messmer High School for over a decade, where she served as Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, Athletic Director, Theology Teacher and Girls Varsity Basketball Coach.
Understanding the importance of being equipped and serving as an effectual vessel, Donna has attained much preparation for her journey and calling by earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Marquette University and two graduate degrees from Cardinal Stritch University of which one included a Master of Education in Educational Leadership. She also earned the Master of Divinity Degree from Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. and she completed and earned her Doctorate of Ministry (D Min.) degree at NorthernSeminary. She is grateful for the open doors God provided for educational opportunities and advancement.
Donna has been fortunate and blessed to acquire many awards, honors and accomplishments over the years; most notably a certificate of participation in the FBI Citizens Academy Program (2006), recipient of the “USPS Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee Award” (2005) and induction into the first class of the Rufus King Athletic Hall of Fame (2019). She is the founder of Christian Fellowship Sportz and she serves as a mentor.
“Pastor Donna”, as she is affectionately called, has been blessed to facilitate, teach and speak at diverse workshops, services, conferences and retreats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, writing, reading and adventurous feats. Her greatest joy is pleasing the Lord and teaching God’s Word. She is forever grateful for all that her mother and father deposited into her. For all that has occurred, is occurring and is to come, she says, “To God Be The Glory!”