The First Lady

Vanessa Ward



Reverend Vanessa Oliver Ward is the president of the Omega Community Development Corporation (Omega CDC) and co-pastor of the Omega Baptist Church. As president of the Omega CDC, she oversees the organization’s mission of providing services that help to develop and improve the lives of the youth, the families and the community of Northwest Dayton.

Additionally, Rev. Ward is employed as a lecturer at the United Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of The College of Wooster, United Theological Seminary, and in 2012 she received the Master of Philosophy in Hebraic and Cognate Studies (M.Phil.) at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, focusing on II Temple history, language and culture.

Rev. Ward was ordained as a minister of the Gospel on November 12, 1998, by The Omega Baptist Church. She is sought locally and nationally to speak at churches and conferences. She is the wife of the Reverend Dr. Daryl Ward and proud mother of three adult children and four grandchildren.