Jurisdictional and National Supervisor
Willie Mae Smalls Rivers has touched and continues to touch the lives of many people throughout this world. It was stated that she was born “…to be different…” on February 20, 1926 to the late Robert and Anna Mitchell Smalls. As a child, Willie Mae exemplified great promise that she would one day contribute greatly to mankind. “Willie Ray” (as she was affectionately called by her loving father) was and still is concerned about the welfare of others.
Mother Rivers received her formal education in the Berkeley and Charleston County School Systems.
Her Christian experience began as a child. She attended the Mt. Zion AME Church Sunday School. Because of her interest and dedication, she represented her church as a delegate to many conventions. The presiding Elder remarked “…this child will one day be a great leader… she has a mark on her life.” At the age of fifteen, June 26, 1941, the very lovely Willie Mae Smalls was united in holy matrimony to Mr. David Rivers. Their marriage lasted just short of 56 years until his demise May 15, 1997. This union was blessed with twelve children; two sons and daughters. In 1946, Mother Rivers attended a revival one night and after hearing the gospel preached (by the husband and wife team, Supt. Jacob C. & Missionary Francena Dantzler) she believed and was baptized in the Holy Ghost.
Mother Rivers became a member of the Calvary Church of God in Christ. She was appointed Church Mother at the age of twenty (20). She continues to serve in that capacity. Because of her dedication, Mother Rivers was chosen to serve as District Missionary and later Assistant Supervisor to the late Mother Alice Marie Saunders. In 1968, she was appointed and is presently the Supervisor of the Department of Women for the South Carolina Jurisdiction. Her loyal dedication to God and her leaders is exemplified throughout the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Mother Rivers has served on the National level in the following capacities:
~ International Marshal – Women’s Convention
~ Chairperson of the Board of Supervisors
~ Member, Executive Board
~ Member, Screening Committee
~ Member, Program Committee – General Church
~ Coordinator – Leadership Conference
~ Instructor – District Missionaries Class
~ Member, Steering Committee – Women’s Convention
~ Chairperson – Exhibits – Women’s Convention
~ Third Assistant General Supervisor
~ Second Assistant General Supervisor
~ First Assistant General Supervisor
Annie P. Moody
President of Pastors Elders and Ministers Wives Circle
Examination Board for Credential Holders
President of Missionary Circle
Rosa Lee McKinney
Chairperson of District Missionary Circle
Mother Ruhbena Reese
Mother Thelma Rainey