Rev. Ayanna L. Franklin is currently Pastor of the Ray of Hope Baptist Church. She is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., where she was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System, and an active student, participating in numerous academic and athletic programs. She continued her education at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, in Princess Anne, MD. There she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. In 2004, she relocated to Baltimore, MD and in 2006 joined the Ray of Hope Baptist Church. There at the Ray of Hope Baptist Church, she continued to serve the Lord and grow in her Christian faith. In January 2013, Ayanna was wed to the late Rev. Charles M. Franklin, Jr., then Pastor of the Ray of Hope Baptist Church. Together, they have five children. Ciara, Cianna, Charles III, Cordell, and Clarke.
Rev. Ayanna Franklin possesses a true passion for the education of urban youth, and has served as a dedicated educator and administrator in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. schools and non-profit organizations for nearly twenty years.
On January 19, 2020, Rev. Ayanna Franklin delivered her initial sermon, and became a licensed Minister and on March 12, 2021 was ordained under the spiritual leadership of Rev. Dr. John Lunn, Sr. and Rev. Dr. A.C.D Vaughn. On July 25, 2021 Rev. Ayanna Franklin was installed as the pastor of Ray of Hope Baptist Church.
Rev. Ayanna Franklin is appreciative to her late husband and pastor, Rev. Charles M. Franklin, Jr. for his constant love, support and spiritual guidance. Rev. Franklin holds a Master’s certification in Pastoral Counseling and completing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University. Since her childhood, Rev. Franklin has been led by Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and He shall direct thy path.”