Rev., Dr. Gloria L. Word, Th.D.
God “Called” Reverend Gloria to preach in 1989. She tested the call for a year before answering the call.
She labored in love with Christ Centered MBC 3 years as Assistant Pastor to the Founders. In February of 2000 she was “Called” to the Office of Pastor by the Christ Centered Missionary Baptist Church Congregation of Hayward, CA. She served the Congregation for 5 ½ years as their pastor.
In 2006 she and her husband sensed God's leading to open God's Word Christian Worship Center and in obedience they moved forward.
November 19, 2006 the doors were opened and they labored in love and grew even through a transition to Tracy, CA until June 2011. During that time Pastor Gloria was healed of 4th stage lymphoma cancer by the power and the Word of God.
She received her Bachelor's in Theology at Good News
Theological Seminary and Bible College, Tracy, CA class of 2013. And a Master’s
in 2017. She’s also a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in
Mills Valley, CA, Class of '96. She received her doctorate in Theology
June 1, 2019. She received an Internship as an intern-professor at her Alma Mater, Good News, in
Tracy in 2017-2018.
The vision that God instilled in these pastors is seeking out the homeless youth to tell them the Good News of Jesus Christ and that God has a plan and an inheritance for their lives. This ministry seeks to “Build God’s Kingdom One Heart at a Time.”
Rev. Gloria has been the guest speaker at many local churches, church conferences and groups; sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She has preached on KEST Christian Radio on several occasions and appeared on "For Christ’s Sake" Television Ministry.
She served 26 years in Prison Ministry at Santa Rita Dublin Prison and continues to serve as Spiritual Advisor to the Cancer Health Support Group at Palma Ceia Baptist Church with the Director, Sister Cindy Epps.
Pastor Word has worked in two separate Church Youth Ministries. One was from the ground up, restructuring the spiritual and biblical needs of the department for the youth.
She served four years as the Chairperson of the Religious Affairs Committee for the NAACP Southern Alameda County Youth Council with, Sister Mary Sass, Youth Advisor of the Alameda County at that time. This gave her great insight concerning the needs and obstacles of our youth, the needs of our families and the needs of our communities.
Pastor Gloria served as President of the Bay Area's Disciple Singers of Hayward, CA under her mentor, Reverend Evia Goines.
In April 2017 she and her husband joined Courts of Praise Community Church in Manteca, California under the leadership of Dr.'s Terry & Jo Johnson. On March 4, 2018 they were installed as pastors on a Council of seven to assist the Senior Pastor. In October they moved forward to Texas to continue serving God.
She feels blessed that God continues to allow her to be His child, teach Bible Study, speak at conferences and serve God in whatever capacity HE decides.
Her favorite question to her Brothers and Sisters in Christ is "whose Bible Study Class are you in?" Her favorite Hymn is "He Looked Beyond My Faults and Saw My Needs" and she calls it her National Anthem.