On June 1, 2009, Rev. Ward officially retired from pastoral ministry but is yielding to the call to return to parrish ministry by pastoring Liberation Ministries in Oakland, CA. She was called to preach, licensed and ordained as young teen. Rev. Ward served as a Youth Pastor at several local churches and traveled nationally and internationally conducting youth revivals for many years.. She holds a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA., In 2013, Rev. Ward was honored to be accepted into the GTF Foundation House-Oxford Program where she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D) in Leadership Studies. She will study at the Vatican in Rome, Italy and at Oxford University for two consecutive summers.
Rev. Ward has served as the founding pastor of one church and Interim Pastor of three churches throughout the Bay Area. In 1999, she became the Hospice Chaplain at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland and in 2000, she became the Director of Pastoral Care where she helped design a chaplaincy program for the entire hospital while serving the needs of both the patients and the staff. Rev. Ward was well loved and highly respected among the employees and especially the hospital administration. For two consecutive summers, she also coordinated the Kaiser Oakland Summer Youth Employment Program, where she and her team were awarded received for their work training and staffing youth throughout the hospital.
Rev. Ward is the author of five books and the publisher of five other authors. In 2004, she released her first fiction book entitled, If You Don't Know Me By Now. In December 2005 the sequel, Love Don't Love Nobody was released to national acclaim. She is currently completing the screenplay for a movie based on both novels. Rev. Ward's writing and publishing accomplishments earned her the distinguished "Kiplinger's 2006 Who's Who Among American Business Professionals Award and the 2011 Madison's Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals Throughout the World Award.
Rev. Cheryl Ward's sermons have been published in The African American Pulpit Preaching Journal; The Women of Color Study Bible; and Those Preaching Women Volume IV by Ella Pearson Mitchell. For three consecutive years, she was a featured author at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, LA.
In 2005, her message entitled "Living Passionately" was purchased by the producers of the show 7th Heaven on the WB Television Station and aired on the second episode of the season. In 2007, she was selected to design a one-year curriculum, and serve as the director of the program assisting high school dropouts in passing the California High School Exit Exam, through the Oakland Unified School District and the Peralta Community College District. Rev. Ward successfully taught the same program in the Emeryville Unified School District the year before. In 2008, she was a featured commentator on Black Entertainment Television's (BET) show Exalted, "The Juanita Bynum Episode" discussing women in the church and domestic violence. She has written and produced her first documentary, entitled Too Many Left Behind: An Inside Look at the California High School Exit Exam, which is being pitched to be shown on national television.
Rev. Ward is the proud adoptive mother of three and also the proud grandmother of three.