Graceland Community Baptist Church
Dr. Cedric D. Stricklin is the founding and current Pastor of Graceland Community Baptist Church. He surrendered to the call of God and the gospel ministry on July 24, 1983. Dr. Stricklin was licensed and ordained by the late Dr. R.M. Robertson at the Jordan Baptist Church where he grew up and served as Youth Minister working with all aspects of the Youth Department. He is a gifted Bible teacher and a student of the word of God which can be profoundly seen in his preaching.
Dr. Stricklin has been married to the former Beverly Jackson for 27 years and they are the parents of 3 sons: Jimmy, Kendrick and Marcus and 4 grandchildren.
Nationally, Dr. Stricklin has ministered at the Missionary Baptist General Convention of Texas. Locally, he holds the following offices: General Secretary & Treasurer of the True Fellowship Missionary District Association, President of the Oak Cliff Baptist Ministers’ Union of Dallas; he also served as New Testament Professor at the D. Edwin Johnson Baptist institute in Dallas from 1997-2004 and is a member of the Interdenominational Ministers’ Alliance of Dallas.
Dr. Stricklin‘s journey in the ministry lead him to earn the following degrees:
1988 Diploma in Biblical Studies, Southern Bible Institute of Dallas, TX
1992 Bachelor of Art Degree in Biblical Studies, Criswell College of Dallas, TX
1995 Master of Divinity, Criswell College of Dallas, TX
2009 Master of Theology, Andersonville Seminary of Camilla, GA
2010 Doctor of Ministry, Andersonville Seminary of Camilla, GA
First Lady Beverly J. Stricklin, was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and attended the Dallas Public School System, where she graduated from the Skyline High School in 1978. She is the eldest daughter of Mr. Charles & Mattie Jackson, also of Dallas.
First Lady Beverly Stricklin accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in 1972 , and began a life of service in the Church, to the Lord whom she loves. In 1985 as a young adult Sis. Stricklin renewed her committment to Christ, and has been faithfully in the service of the Lord every since. She is a student of the word, one who teaches the scriptures with authority, as she serves in the Graceland Church as Sunday School Teacher, Women's Mission's Teacher, & Vaction Bible School Teacher.
Sis. Stricklin is an active Teacher in the True Fellowship District Association Women's Ministry Auxiliary, and is highly sought after to speak on various Women's Annual Days, Conferences, and Retreat's. She is a prime model and example of what a Pastor's wife should be, for she is very supportive of her Husband, and of her Church, she is always willing to help and to encourage others, one of her favorite sciptures are (Matthew 7:12 "Do unto others as you would them do unto you"). This same spirit of love and support has also carried over to her work place. where she has worked for Republic Group for 32yrs. and is one of the respected senior employees of her company.
Sis. Stricklin has been married to Rev. Dr. C.D. Stricklin since 1989, and they have three sons, (Jimmy, Kendrick, & Marcus) and five grandchildren (Jimmy Michael, Brooklyn, Jaden, & Jordan).
Sis. Stricklin's Christian walk has lead her to study and prepare herself to be used to the glory of God, for she has studied and attended various schools.
Skyline High School - Diploma 1978, Dallas, Tx.
El Centro Community College - Dallas,Tx.
Cedar Valley Community College - Dallas, Tx.
Southern Bibile Institute - Bachelor of Science Degree 2012, Dallas, Tx
First Lady Beverly J. Stricklin