The Reverend Dr. Cheryl G. Anthony


The Reverend Doctor Cheryl Gwynn Anthony is an anointed Woman of God who has been called into the kingdom to serve her generation through the power of God.  She possesses the unique ability of gracefully and skillfully mix professional ethics, business acumen, political and cultural activism in order to proclaim a living Gospel. 


As an artisan and visionary, Dr. Anthony is the Founder, CEO and Pastor of the renowned and awarded JUDAH International Christian Center, Inc. (JUDAH), in Brooklyn, New York.  Established in 1996, Judah and Reverend Dr. Anthony are celebrating twenty (20) years of victorious ministry. A thirty-year veteran committed to human and community development, Dr. Anthony and JUDAH have been nationally recognized by former President Bill Clinton, as well as, President George W. Bush as a progressive and cutting-edge leader and outstanding organization in the faith- based community, addressing wholistic faith-based development and empowerment. 


An energetic leader of this diverse and multi-faceted urban community ministry, Dr. Anthony employs a wholistic approach to serving people.  This commitment for advancing people in need is translated by her ongoing active service and membership on several wide-ranging national and international boards. 


Dr. Anthony held the exclusive distinction as the first woman elected as chair of the Central Brooklyn Churches, Inc. Clergy Caucus (consisting of 25 interracial and interdenominational congregations); past chair of the Bedford-Stuyvesant/Crown Heights HIV Care Network steering committee; member of the Board of Directors of the Fordham University Bertram M. Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, vice president of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State and appointed member of the Coalition for Sustainable Success team founded by former Vice President Albert Gore. Her passion for addressing the needs of women and girls has led her to organize the Women of Faith Advocating Change partnership comprised of clergy, elected officials and community leaders in Brooklyn. Dr Cheryl served as Deputy Brooklyn Clergy Liaison to Presidential Candidate Barack H. Obama, Chair of Faith Leaders for Eric L. Adams for Brooklyn Borough President and currently serves on the Clergy Advisory Council for NYC Mayor Bill deBlasio and is chairperson of the Health Committee addressing Mental Health in Communities of Color.


A visionary leader, Dr. Anthony is the creative force behind the Wholistic Approach to Community Wellness Program (WACW), a national faith-based best practice model, which assists religious leaders, government representatives and community stakeholders grappling with social challenges. WACW has garnered national praise and recognition in both media and national forums including ABC’s This Week with Sam Donaldson and George Stephanopoulos, The New York Times, Congressional Quarterly, The cover story of City Limits magazine, the White House Empowerment Conference and the New York State Governor's Dr. King Interfaith Summit.


Dr. Anthony has earned two Masters Degrees in Theology and Religious Education, as well as a Doctoral Degree in Sacred Theology. She is an alumnus of Harvard University Divinity School Leadership Institute and Cornell University, Family Development Train the Trainer (DYCD). Dr. Anthony is a much sought-after preacher, keynote speaker, consultant and ecumenical liaison. 


She is the proud mother of two sons Keyonn Anthony and Kayin Zaire and grandmother of five darling girls: Typhani, Diamone, Alesia, Adia and Kamora and grandson, Keyonn Anthony Sheppard II.