Cheryl Riddick's Biography
Cheryl Riddick is a saved, sanctified, Spirit-filled woman of God, gifted poet, dramatist, playwright, publisher, motivational speaker, workshop presenter and author whose anointed words have brought encouragement and hope to the single, married, separated, divorced and widowed. Since her teenage years, Cheryl has written numerous books, plays, skits, songs and poetry.
For more than 25 years, Cheryl has staged an extraordinary portrayal of Harriet Tubman which dramatized the life and times of the former slave known as "Black Moses." This one-woman performance has been shared in churches, schools, nursing homes and other venues across the nation. Her work has inspired many to utilize their own gifts and talents. Cheryl loves the Drama Ministry because it allows her to share her life experiences, various emotions that mankind deals with, and utilize her gift of exhortation to build up mankind.
Cheryl began performing in church plays at the St. Paul Baptist Church in Vineland where she grew up. She wrote her first skit titled “Who Will Walk With Jesus” in the 1970's and it was performed at St. Paul. From that point on she knew she had a passion to act and write.
Cheryl also developed a character named “Shirley Mae.” This character shares messages of hope and encouragement for those who have experienced issues such as abuse, alcoholism, adultery, divorce, just to name a few. Shirley Mae states the problem and shows a way of deliverance through God’s Word. This character uses techniques that were shared in her Biblical Counseling classes.
Cheryl has also written 13 books of poetry, testimonies and messages of hope. Each book is geared towards sharing the testimony of her life and words of survival for those who are facing the daily struggles of life. God has allowed her to “go through” that she may be a source of inspiration to others. In 2023, the newest release titled, "My Growth Book," was published along with, Tracey Wells-Huggins and Lakesha White. This book is designed to encourage young woman about self love and growth. Suggested ages: 7 and up.
Cheryl’s writing abilities allowed her to write several books, many poems, several plays and skits and songs. She owes it all to the Lord.
Cheryl is also the publisher of “Hope For Today,” a magazine that shares messages of hope. The first magazine was released in 2001.
The Lord allowed her to retire September 1, 2020, as the Church Secretary/Clerk of Union Baptist Temple after 27 years of service. She also served as a Deaconess, and Senior Missionary Ministry Secretary under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Albert Morgan, Pastor. September 1, 2022, Cheryl retired from the Bridgeton Board of Education as a Confidential Secretary after serving for 23 years. God has granted her with a life of longevity in the workforce. Prior to working at the Bridgeton Board of Education, she was employed by Prudential Insurance Company in Millville, New Jersey for 24 1/2 years. Her service ended when her specific location closed.
Cheryl is currently a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Magnolia, New Jersey under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Andre' E. Brown, Sr., serving as a Deaconess and a Minister's Wife.
Cheryl is also the proud mother of five children: LeAnne, Isaiah, Willie III, Matthew and Christopher, the grandmother of twenty, and great-grandmother of 4. Cheryl’s testimony of being a single parent for three decades has been to "hold on, because help is on the way." The Lord saw fit to send Rev. Gerald R. Riddick into her life. They were married on October 10, 2020.
Writing for more than 50 years (since 1972), God has allowed Cheryl to utilize her gift of exhortation for everyone she meets. Throughout the years, she lives by Colossians 3:16-17. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."