Pastor Michael G. Cleveland
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6
The aforementioned scripture is the mantra for the ministry of Minister Michael G. Cleveland, Jr. a St. Louis native, Minister Cleveland received the Lord into his heart at the age of thirteen. From that moment began a life filled with God-ordained moments. After graduating from Parkway North High School, he attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. For the past twenty-six years, Minister Cleveland was employed with the American Red Cross, working his way up from part-time maintenance man to Lab Supervisor. The characteristics of perseverance and tenacity epitomized in his secular work life would be highly instrumental in his spiritual life.
In 1994, Minister Michael Cleveland united with Trinity Mount Carmel Baptist Church under the pastorate of Pastor Charles M. Roach. Under Pastor Roach's teaching and instruction, Minster Cleveland allowed the greater work of God to be formed in him. His spiritual journey moved forward by serving in various capacities of the ministry. Minister Cleveland was appointed as a TMC board trustee, where he chaired the building and grounds committee, and later became the board chair. He also served in the Sunday School department, imparting Biblical wisdom to both teenagers and adults. His love for God and people energized his servanthood. In 2005, Minister Cleveland received his license to preach the gospel. In 2007, he was ordained in the gifting areas of Pastor/Teacher and Administration. In March 2015, Pastor Roach named Minister Cleveland as successor and appointed him to the office of Assistant Pastor.
Minister Cleveland celebrates twenty years of marriage to Audra, his partner in love and ministry, as well as the successful parenting of seven children. His life's passion is to equip the people of God to live life according to the Holy Scriptures in the Word of God.