Bishop Ernestine Cleveland Reems is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, CA. While functioning as Pastor for over 39 years, Bishop Reems has impacted her local com-munity by providing for those in need through the development of a food feeding ministry, a charter school with grades K – 8, a 150 unit affordable housing complex, a 56 unit building for senior housing, and a 17 unit tran-sitional facility for homeless single women with children. Bishop Reems is dedicated to making the Word of God come alive in the community through service.
Her reach and impact have extended beyond her local community through Kingdom Builders Ministerial Alliance, an organization she founded to men-tor leaders of urban ministries. Additionally she supports missionary pro-jects in Haiti and throughout South Africa. As a trial blazer, Bishop Reems has forged a new path for women and men in ministry. Her efforts through Ernestine C. Reems Ministries Inc. have offered her the opportunity to speak to national audiences in an annual conference and regional Wisdom Retreats. The powerful anointing on Bishop Reems’ life makes her one to watch to see the manifestation of God’s awesomeness in our time!
Bishop Reems have received numerous awards and honors throughout the years but over the past few years she has received the following awards; 2005 “The We Stand On Your Shoulders Women In Ministry” award, 2005 Embracing the Dream “The Shirley Chisholm” award, 2007 the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry, “Daughters of Thunder Trailblazer Award”, 2007 the OAACC-Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce, “Woman of the Year” award, 2008 American Baptist Foundation of the West “Visionary Guidance and Outstanding Contribution to Affordable Senior Housing” award, 2008 the Hamilton Memorial International, “Premiere Legacy Leadership” award, 2008 the “Gospel Heritage” award, 2009, Healthy Oakland, “Vision” award, 2009 the Board of Supervisors Contra Costa County Certificate of Recognition, and 2009 Recognition Award from Alameda County Juvenile Facilities (Ministerial Service to the children of Alameda County.).
Bishop Reems is a very dedicated and involved minister as well as a powerful evangel-ist. She is also the author of “The Sister’s Handbook for the Broken Heart”, “In the Storm” and a devotional wisdom journal.