Motivational Speaker, Talk Show Host, Transformation Expert, National Best Selling Author
A mother and a wife by age 18; abused, separated and a single mom by 20, Cheryl Lacey Donovan knows a little about being unstoppable woman. Despite the obstacles in her way, Cheryl chose to take these life lessons and use them to pave the way to a better future. Cheryl’s journey has not been perfect, but it has been blessed. Cheryl chose to look at herself, not in light of what society said she would become, a welfare recipient with children who were drop outs, drug dealers, and in jail, but instead as God viewed her as an awesome, fearfully and wonderfully made virtuous woman. Resilience and tenacity in the face of disappointment helped Cheryl to look inside herself for the change she wanted to see.
Cheryl Lacey Donovan now lives an authentic life as a multi-talented preacher, teacher, mentor, motivational speaker, entrepreneur and author. She is a woman of integrity with a keen level of wisdom and humor that is nothing short of refreshing.
An award winning bestselling author Cheryl has influenced the lives of thousands in the U.S. and abroad through her powerful life changing messages. Desiring to see the saints efficiently armed with the knowledge of God, Cheryl’s passion is assisting those in the kingdom, especially women, in discovering their authentic purpose and destiny.
Cheryl hosts the weekly radio broadcast Real Life Real Faith from Houston, Texas. She is also Editor in Chief of a magazine with the same name. She has written numerous articles addressing issues affecting the community and women at large.
As an Evangelist, her outreach ministry allows opportunities to share the gospel at women’s conferences, youth retreats, marriage conferences, and to congregations across the country. With Cheryl Lacey Donovan Ministries, she has delivered a series of messages, workshops and seminars based on the word of God that has transformed the lives of many.
Cheryl’s gift of pulling out the very best in those she mentors and pushing them beyond their comfort zone through the word of God has led to her being called a “faith-walker” – calling those things that be not as though they were, she moves in grace and favor. Cheryl is a highly sought after revivalist and conference speaker. She has traveled extensively inspiring others with a message of hope, restoration and deliverance. Cheryl draws on her experience and passion as an educator to motivate and encourage others to live their lives on purpose. She is particularly passionate about helping others create the lives they deserve and desire. Articulate and compassionate, Cheryl is a speaker with a gift for teaching.
Cheryl has spent a lifetime acquiring experience around educating and advising others on living a more meaningful life. She was a pioneer in the Houston area with her mobile medical unit which serviced homeless and low income individuals living in the Houston area, a member of the Houston Area Immunization Coalition and a member of the Houston Area Minority Health Coalition. After more than 20 years of educating and advising allied health care professionals Cheryl followed her passion for bringing out the best in other people by choosing to be more involved in the vision and direction their lives were taking. This culminated in the launch of Cheryl Lacey Donovan LLC, a coaching and mentoring program which is one facet of her multi-level group of projects which includes Worth More than Rubies Ministries, Cheryl Lacey Donovan Ministries, Worth More than Rubies Productions, and Imani Publishing Unlimited. Cheryl is the founder of several movements designed to empower people to empower themselves. These include S.H.I.F.T. Happens and The Quaintrelle Woman.
Cheryl is uniquely positioned to impact the lives of individuals she comes in contact with for long term success with her message of faith and powerful vision of bringing purpose into the people equation to promote happier, healthier more meaningful life experiences.
Cheryl has been recognized as a community leader by Who’s Who in Black Houston, I-10 Media as one of Houston’s 40 over 40 to Watch, The African American Literary Awards for her non-fiction literary works, and many other groups and organizations. Because of her endeavors Cheryl has been profiled nationally for her work including: being the featured author on radio talk shows such as Artist First, Power Talk FM, An Hour to Empower with Mo and Mickey, and Urban Echoes Voices and Vibes. Her interviews have also appeared in Empowering African American Women Magazine, and The North Dallas Gazette. Cheryl was featured for the inaugural season of What Shall We Read, a literary program which airs on CAN-TV in Chicago as well as on Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan to speak about her articles “Are African American Child Rearing Practices rooted in Slavery” and “Discipline vs. Punishment.” She is currently a fellow for the Gubernatorial campaign of Wendy Davis in Texas and serves as Founding Member and National Chaplain for the International Women’s Alliance.
Cheryl resides in Houston with her husband of over 20 years. She is the current Assistant Pastor and Women’s Ministry Director for Jones Praise and Worship Center and still enjoys her teaching responsibilities with the College of Health Care Professions both in Houston, Texas. She has three adult children and four grandchildren.
Cheryl presents a powerful message with a conversational style that’s just like sitting around chatting with one of your sisters – one who is filled with pearls of wisdom and whose heart is filled with giving. Some of us long for that kind of sister or friend who will just sit you down, tell you the truth about life, share her experiences, and then give you access to a greater more meaningful purpose in life. You will want to sip a warm cup of your favorite drink, bring a note pad and enjoy a candid and educational presentation with Cheryl Lacey Donovan.