Minister Carenda Deonne McCray is a vibrant, pulsating and charismatic minister and conference speaker. Carenda is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. She received her BA degree in Business Marketingfrom the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan, New York. Currently, Carenda is the President and founder of Far Above Rubies Enterprises (www.farenterprises.biz)
Far Above Rubies magazine is purposed to be a women’s guide to spiritual growth and holistic development. As Carenda leads her Far Above Rubies staff, the magazine has had the opportunity to feature women of inspiration such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Victoria Osteen (First Lady of Lakewood Church) and Serita Jakes (First Lady of the Potter’s House). Far Above Rubies has been highlighted as the Get ‘Em Girls of the week (a division of Simon and Shuster publishing company and On Daily Balance with Kim Jacobs that aired as a Nationally Syndicated Program on The Word Network.
Far Above Rubies was also the 2011 recipient of the Black Essence Business Award. One of Far Above Rubies’ future business goals is to start a summer curriculum for youth and young adults who have a passion in developing their writing and entrepreneurial career. Far Enterprises has also launched its yearly “FAR Movement Conference” a time for women to come and be refreshed and motivated to pursue their purpose and dreams.
Min. Carenda is also a published author and writer. Her first book, Soul of a Poet was published in 2007 and she is currently working on her next book to launch in 2017. Min Carenda enjoys writing poetry and will soon launch a webinar series to help others who desire to self publish their books. Min. Carenda also has a weekly Sunday blog entitled "Perfect Patty Messed Up." Min Carenda currently has a bi-weekly radio show that airs every other Friday on Spirit 1400 am. She and her co-host Reggie G discuss real life, real women, real issues but with a male perspective.
Min Carenda previously partnered with Lady Louise Patterson, wife of the late Bishop GE Patterson, to host two minute inspirational messages for women on their radio station in TN.
Min Carenda received her licensed to preach August 2007. Since then she has been "Unstoppable" for the work and service of the Lord. She has traveled the states and soon international to bring the message and hope of Christ to all. Min Carenda McCray resides in Maryland with her husband Rev. Dr. Michael A. McCray Sr. Min. Carenda also finds time for community service and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Above all, she models all that she does for Christ from Romans 8:28-31. Believing that her steps are ordered by God and that she is indeed chosen and sent to do His will.