Meet Our First Lady

Rev. Cynthia J. Rioland is the youngest of four siblings born to the late Mr. Robert & Mrs. Lucy Beatrice Jackson. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of thirteen and was educated in the Prince George‘s County Public School System in Maryland. Upon graduation she enrolled in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida. It was during her junior year that Co-Pastor Rioland accepted the call to Christian Ministry and preached her initial sermon at Paramount Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. under the leadership of Pastor Ishmael L. Shaw.

After graduating from FAMU, where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Rev. Rioland returned to the D.C. Metropolitan area to accept a full-time position as the Minister of Music/Youth at Paramount. While working full-time, she enrolled in Howard University School of Divinity where she received the Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University, and was ordained through American Baptist Churches, USA.

Rev. Rioland served seven years as the Church Business Administrator at First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina under the leadership of Pastor Fredrick A. Davis and seven years as the Co-Pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville, Virginia. She also served as the Women‘s Ministry Ministerial Liaison in both churches.  Currently, she serves as an effective leader and teacher over the women’s and music ministry at Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia.

Rev. Rioland is a singer, gifted musician, enthusiastic choral director, an effective teacher and anointed preacher. Her greatest passion is addressing youth and women‘s issues. She has the uncanny ability to bring life application to biblical interpretation. Her humor and energy in the pulpit is both inspiring and life changing.

With a burning passion that all God’s children may know Him, Rev. Rioland has served as a missionary in Bermuda, Suriname and French Guyana; an instructor for the Progressive National Baptist Convention Christian Education Congress; Youth Consultant for the District of Columbia Baptist Convention and Convener for the Triangle Cluster of American Baptist Churches of the South while residing in Durham. She was honored to serve as the first woman to speak at the Progressive National Baptist Convention Young Adult Men‘s Session Los Angeles, California.

Rev. Rioland is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Her greatest joy is serving in ministry with her partner in life and ministry Pastor Kenneth E. Rioland, Jr. at Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield Virginia where they are “Growing, Going and Glowing in God.” They are the proud parents of one son, Kenneth E. Rioland, III (Tre’s).

Rev. Rioland is “not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for it is the power of God unto Salvation to all that believeth.”