Reverend Michelle Robin Rizer-Pool
Reverend Dr. Michelle Robin Rizer-Pool was the only child born to the union of the Late Mr. Miles Pool and the Late Mrs. Wanda Rizer Pool, in the Miami, Florida, and the loving granddaughter of the Late Mr. Charlie Rizer and the Late Mrs. Cora London Rizer.
Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool‘s family, friends of the family, teachers, and godparents nurtured her, and planted seeds of love, spirituality, religion, and education. Reverend Rizer-Pool received most of her spiritual guidance at her home Church, Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church, Miami, Florida, and at New Bethel A.M.E. Church, in Goulds, Florida, where she attended Sunday School. In her youth, she has served as. Secretary for the District Sunday School, President, Junior Church, Youth District Delegate and State Delegate for South Florida Conference, Eleventh Episcopal District Parliamentarian for the Young People Department of the Women Missionary Society.
Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool received her early education at Holy Redeemer School, and Notre Dame Academy, which were both in Miami, Florida. She furthered her studies at Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama, and graduated, with honors, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and Psychology. During her tenure in the United States Army, she earned a dual Master of Arts Degree from Webster University, St. Louis, MO, in Public Administration and Management. On May 26, 2013, an Honorary Doctor of Christian Ministry Degree from Trinity Theological Seminary of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On May 25, 2018, she earned her Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary.
Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool served honorably and proudly in the United States Army as a Non-Commissioned and Commissioned Officer, and retired in the rank of Major. She received several military awards and decorations. Presently, she employed at AT&T, the former BellSouth Telecommunication, Inc, as a Senior Staffing Manager, Human Resources Department. During Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool’s tenure in the United States Army, she attended Churches of various denominations; however, she continued to serve on various boards, auxiliaries, and committees. Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool has served as a Class Leader, President, Evangelism Ministry, organized Young Christian Drill Team in the “Sweet” Southwest Conference of the Tenth Episcopal District, and a Trustee at First A.M.E. Church, Alexandria, VA. In 1996, the Department of the Army Official Orders sent her to Atlanta Georgia, and she joined Big Bethel A.M.E. Church, Atlanta, Georgia.
After accepting her call, going through the required process of the Board of Examiners of the Atlanta North Georgia Annual Conference of the Sixth Episcopal District, and earning her Master of Divinity at the Interdenominational Theological Center with honors, May 10, 2003. On May 27, 2006, Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool received her first appointment to serve as the Pastor of Saint James A.M.E. Church, Cassville, Georgia. On June 4, 2009, she received an appointment to serve as the Pastor, Mount Zion A.M.E. Church, Shady Dale, Georgia. On June 7, 2019, she received a new appointment and a new charge to serve as the Pastor of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Gainesville, Georgia. She has served on the following: the Atlanta East District (AED) Board of Examiners, (BOE), the AED Church School Superintendent, Macon Conference Trustee Board. Macon Conference BOE, and the Macon Conference Statistician, and Macon North Executive Board.
Reverend Dr. Rizer-Pool recognition awards includes an Outstanding Woman of America, Outstanding Women of The World, Cambridge Who’s Who Executive and Professional. She is a member of the American Legion Post 291, and a member of Theta Phi International Honor Society of Religious Studies. She is a member at large in the Grand Chapter Queen Bathsheba, Order of the Eastern Star, Oklahoma Jurisdiction, PHA, Past Matron of Blanche M. Bruner Chapter #17, Wiesbaden, Germany); inactive member of the Heroines of Jericho; an active member of the Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Reverend Michelle Rizer-Pool is the proud godmother of Chandler Hill, a little 6-year old Yorkie.
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal, (A.M.E.) Church was organized and dedicated in 1901. Bethel AME Church is considered one of the primary African-American institutions in the Gainesville community. Its support of civil rights, human rights and of the community at large has earned several of its members praise by the local press and awards.
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