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Leading Lady, Deaconess Cynthia J. Lee



Leading Lady and Deaconess, Cynthia Joann Lee, is an Eastern Shore native of Cheriton, Virginia. She’s the youngest daughter of Robert and Joann Adkins, Jr.  She was educated in the Northampton County School (VA) Systems and graduated from Northampton High School. 

Leading Lady Lee has always expressed a passion and desire for helping people. Upon graduating from high school, she enrolled at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in pursuit of a career in Nursing.  In 1992, not only did she receive her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing, she also reaffirmed her love for the Lord and joined Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, Virginia under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Dwight S. Riddick, Sr.  While at Gethsemane, she graduated from the GBC Bible Institute, served on the Nurses and Samaritans Ministries, was Coordinator for the Young Adult Ministry and, competitively played on the GBC Co-ed Softball team.  On November 14, 1992, she married Reverend Jerome Lee, Jr., current Pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to coming to St. James, the Lee’s served in ministry at Shiloh Baptist Church, Painter, Virginia.

A professional lady in her own right, Lady Lee is employed by Thomasville City Schools in Thomasville, North Carolina as a Health Science Educator.   She has served as the Co-Advisor for the Wise Owl Club. Wise Owl is a mentoring and college prep program.  Previous, professional positions held by Lady Lee were in medical-surgical and oncology nursing as a Registered Nurse, Staff Development and Patient Educator, Health Educator Coordinator, and Certified Diabetes Educator; she was affiliated with the American Association of Diabetes Educators.  Lady Lee is a certified BLS-CPR Instructor with over twenty years of experience. 

While at Shiloh, she was consecrated and served on the Diaconate ministry, chairman of the Women’s Ministry, Editor and Health Care correspondent of Ink Well Newsletter ministry. She also served on the Missionary, Life Stages, Youth, and Progressive ministries.  Formerly, Lady Lee served as President of the Eastern Shore Virginia – Maryland Baptist Association Ministers Wives, Spouses, and Widows Ministry. Ms. Lee is affiliated with the Interdenominational Ministers Wives, a lifetime member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Incorporated and a member of Accomack-Northampton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In May 2010, she graduated from the Shiloh Baptist Church Evans-Smith Leadership Institute of Virginia Union University and the Baptist General Convention, Richmond, Virginia with a Certificate in Ministry.

Currently, she serves in ministry, along with her husband, as chairperson of the Women’s Ministry, a Deaconess, mentor and member of the Healthcare and Response Team and coordinator of Line Dance/Exercise class of St. James Baptist Church.  Additionally, Lady Lee is continuing her education at Winston Salem State University fulfilling requirements for a Master of Science Degree in Nursing (Advanced Nurse Educator).

 While Lady Lee finds pleasure in baseball/softball, shopping and traveling, she is truly an anointed woman of God, a true leader with a compassionate heart for people.  She possesses a beautiful spirit with a smile to match. Although she’s a woman of dignity, like King David, she doesn’t mind getting undignified for God!










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