The Shepherds 

Biography of Pastor Dwight Graves

Dwight C. Graves was born December 14, 1947 in Freeman, West Virginia. He is the third child of Sherman and Estella Graves. He was active in the local church (Bluestone Baptist Church) and assisted his father with community, political and civil rights endeavors. He attended Bluestone High School until l963 and completed Bramwell High School in l966 and went on to attend Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia where he majored in Secondary Education. He enlisted in the United States Air Force April 4, l968 and retired in April l990 as a Senior Master Sergeant with many awards and decorations. Rev. Graves has served on numerous Boards and organizations: Prince Hall Masons, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity,

CASA Board, Kellogg Board (Kennesaw Village), Cobb County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Cobb County Coalition for Social Change and Interdenominational Theological Center Trustee Board, African American Unity Summit, VOICE, and NAACP. He is currently Chairman of the Board, Cobb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He is an SCLC officer for the state of Georgia. He holds an AA Degree in Human Resource Technology, a BS Degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Divinity Degree in Theology. Rev. Graves was called to the pastoral ministry in l987 and pastored to a church in Florennes, Belgium from l987 to l989. He served as Assistant Pastor and Director of Outreach, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Lebanon, Illinois from l989 to l992. He was an Associate Minster of Zion Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia from l992 to 1997. Rev. Graves served as Pastor of Emmanuel Tabernacle Christian Church, 15888 Willie Drive, Marietta, Ga. from October 27, 1997 until his passing on January 10, 2012. He is a retired U.S. Postal Service employee. He was married to the former Cheryl D. Branham of Philadelphia, his college sweetheart for 42 years. They have one daughter, Diana Lynette. Rev Graves loved the “Lord”, his family and humanity.

Biography of Rev. Dr. Cheryl Graves

Cheryl Graves was born in Philadelphia, Pa. where she attended public schools; she graduated from Germantown High School.  She attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia where she met and later married her college sweetheart, Dwight.

As a military wife, she traveled with her husband and during her travels spent over five years at Misawa Air Base, Japan. While in Japan, she started her career with the federal government.

She works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she currently serves as a Senior Policy Analyst providing direction and guidance for policy formulation of new policies and revised policy issuances. She has forty-one years of federal service.  She is the CDC point of contact for employee organizations and associations. She previously served as Manager of the Office Automation Most Efficient Organization with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of budget, supervisors and staff in Morgantown, WVa; Pittsburgh, Pa; Ft, Collins, Colorado; Research Triangle Park, NC; Hyattsville, MD; Spokane, Washington; Denver, Colorado; and Atlanta, Ga.  She worked in the Human Resources Management Office where she was a member of the CDC Corporate University staff.  There she served as a Program Manager for the Public Health Administrative Specialist Certificate Program (PHASCP).  She currently serves as Chair of the CDC EEO Advisory Council. During her career she has performed in a variety of positions such as Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist, Position Classification Specialist, Personnel Staffing and Classification Specialist, and Staffing and Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist.  She has worked at a number of Federal agencies throughout her career such as the Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Mapping Agency, Veterans Administration, Headquarters Air Force Communications Command and also served an overseas tour in Belgium.  Cheryl has also taught business courses at the college level and is a member of several professional, religious and civic organizations.  She currently serves as Chairwoman of the Board, Cobb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  She received the Distinguished Servant Leader Award in 2012  from the Cobb SCLC. In 2009 she was recognized by the YWCA as one of Cobb’s Women of Achievement and received an award.

Rev. Graves accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized by Rev. Grover C. McCoy, Goodwill Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.  As a young child, she was active in her church. As an adult, she served as a lay leader and Sunday school teacher.  She announced her call to the ministry in 2005 and was ordained in 2006. She currently serves as Pastor of  Emmanuel Tabernacle Christian Church, Marietta, Ga. where she also served as Assistant Pastor to her late husband, Rev. Dwight Graves, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel for fourteen years.  She has been active in the Cobb County Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows for 20 years and currently serves as President.  She serves as an instructor for the Georgia Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows (GSAMWMW) and won Key Lady in 1995 after raising over $3.000.00.  Also, in April 2013 she won Key Lady for her Chapter.  She was valedictorian twice at the GSAMWMW graduations and is now an alumni.  She has served as Chair for the Time and Place Committee for the Southeast Region of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows.

Mrs. Graves has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters Degree in Management and Human Relations and a Doctorate Degree in Ministry.  She and her husband, the late Rev. Dwight Graves were married 42 years and they have a daughter, Diana Lynette.  She loves the Lord.  Her motto –“ If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain” 

  Rev. Dr. Cheryl D. Graves - Current Pastor