Rev. Cherrye Bess-Branch

    Rev. Cherrye Bess-Branch is the Chairman of the Fulton County School Governance Council. She is the Director of Music for several churches in South Atlanta District. Rev. Bess has recorded several CD’s and DVD’s demonstrating her vocal stylings and her hilarious comedy.

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    Before moving to Atlanta to attend graduate school, Rev. Bess worked at Florida A & M University as a Senior Fiscal Assistant in the Purchasing Department for 17 years. She is a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where she earned a full scholarship to sing and perform in the world-renowned Bethune Cookman-College Concert Chorale under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Steele.

    She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications and a Minor in Music Performance. Rev. Bess hosted a radio show in Quincy, Florida and was a television station account executive at the Christian Television Network.

    Rev. Bess was ordained an Itinerate Elder in the AME Church by Bishop A. J. Richardson September 2013. She is a 2013 graduate of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia where she earned dual Master degree’s: M.Div and M.A.C.M. (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Church Music). She is currently a Doctoral Student at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur Georgia.

    Rev. Bess is a certified Chaplain through the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. She worked as a Chaplain Intern at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is currently serving a two-year Chaplain residency at the G. V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi where she specializes in Mental Health Care.

    Rev. Bess is a loving mother and grandmother. She loves playing piano, singing and praising God. She is also a clean comedian and performs as “Ma Bess” all the way from your home church and “Miss Zimbabwe” all the way from the motherland. Rev. Bess believes that laughter is good for the soul and it helps to heal the body.

    Rev. Bess’s goals include becoming head Chaplain at a Hospital, University and/or prison. Her hobbies include jewelry making, song and play writing and producing, volunteering at the public library and volunteering in the special Education department at Benjamin Banneker High School.

    Rev. Bess truly believes Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”