Minerva Antonia Bell Bryant was born on June 4, 1951 In Manhattan, New York. Her parents, Joseph and Minerva Bell moved the family to New Jersey where the young Minerva "Toni" Bell attended public school and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in 1969. Minerva was blessed to be reared in a godly home and grew-up in The Bethel Holy Church, in New York City. She gave her life to The Lord at an early age and served in the youth ministries of Bethel under the leadership of her Grandfather and Pastor, Bishop James H. Bell.
In August 1969, Minerva and Ronald Bryant were married. She moved to Richmond, Virginia with her new husband where they both served in their local church, Jerusalem Holy Church under the leadership of the late Bishop Annie B. Chamblin. While in Richmond, Minerva studied Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She also attended Virginia Union Theological Seminary School for Lay Ministry and was among the first people to complete all the courses of The Mt Sinai Training Institute. Elders Ronald and Minerva served for five years at the St. Paul Holy Church in Lively, Virginia. The couple lived in Richmond until August 1981 when they moved to Jacksonville, Florida to assume a pastoral assignment there.
Minerva received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion & Philosophy from Edward Waters College in April of 1983, and a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of North Florida in December of 1984.
In addition to her dedicated work at the Mt. Sinai Christian Assembly in Jacksonville, Pastor Bryant recently retired as Vice-President of Clinical Operations for River Region Human Services and where she was responsible for the oversight of all clinical services at the Behavioral Health Agency in Jacksonville. This included program design, development and compliance with funding regulations for children and adult substance abuse, mental health and HIV/AIDS, prevention, intervention, and treatment services.
Pastor Bryant has a great deal of experience in working with governmental agencies in providing the highest quality service to persons in need. She has served as a consultant to Sisters, Inc., an agency dedicated to re-integration of female ex-offenders. She has served as the chairperson of The Inter-Faith Based Advisory Group, a collaboration of agencies, public health entities, churches and religious organizations. Pastor Minerva Bryant has served two terms as president of the Federation of the Deep South of the Mt. Sinai Churches. In 2005, following more than 30 years assisting her husband, she assumed the senior pastorate of the ministry at Mt. Sinai Christian Assembly, Incorporated.
Pastor Bryant is known as a prayer warrior. Her teaching and preaching about prayer has been instrumental in bringing about life changes to many people. God has anointed her to be a powerful communicator of biblical truths.
Not only is she dedicated to her work at Mt. Sinai Christian Assembly, Pastor Bryant is also a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loves the LORD!