A Bit About Gavàta

Gavata Smith is an Author, Mime, Notary, Teacher, Motivational Speaker, Minister, the Daughter of a Recovering Addict of 24 years, Victim of Physical and Sexual Abuse, Granddaughter of nationally known deceased Bishop Walter "Sweet Daddy" McCollough, Encourager of the Broken and Depressed, Catholic Charities Volunteer and ReEntry Mentor, Mother of 4 and Grandmother of 13.

She is the author of  “Get Yourself Together First” which is a true story about she and her mother, --- it details not only the dramatic events in their relationship, but most importantly the healing and restoration between a mother, who was addicted to drugs for 24 years, and a daughter who longed for her mother's love and attention, but became a victim of sexual abuse which essentially lead her life on a downward spiral. God was able to heal, deliver, restore and set free.

Gavàta is a licensed notary of the State of Maryland. She currently serves in the role as a System Trainer and an Administrative Support Specialist in the Federal Government. She is Certified as a Project Manager Professional (PMP), a Scrum Master (CSM) and an Agile Leader. She has over 25 years of experience in the executive (EA) and office administration arena. At her previous employer she served as the Human Resource Information Specialist, Operations Analyst and Special Assistant the CEO while supporting nine C-Level Executives. While she does have strong work ethic, lots of enthusiasm, her ultimate love is for God, her children and grandchildren.

As a Motivational Speaker, Gavata is often called upon on a variety of platforms, from venues, to prisons, from rehab centers to churches, to speak about highlights of her life, which are detailed in her book. Those things range from being the child of an addict to being a victim of both sexual abuse as a child and physical abuse within her marriage. Networking, sharing information and her life's experiences with others, consulting, helping, advising and encouraging others, are a few of the many things that she find most fulfilling. Having a heart for all of this, Gavata volunteers for Catholic Charities as a mentor for women returning home from incarceration. Additionally, she enjoys dancing, communicating, building alliances, dining out, writing, creative thinking, envisioning, traveling, and implementing her goals.

Her life's mission is to reunify families torn and broken by the scars of addiction.

Gavata's is an ordained & licensed Minister of Mount Calvary Holy Churches of America. Her Spiritual Gifts include Administration, Teaching, and Evangelism. She is a four year graduate of Evangelical Training Association (ETA), with a Leadership in Ministry Degree, also bearing certification to teach all of the courses under the ETA umbrella. She's an active member of Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church (GMCHC), in Washington, DC, where she is both a student of Calvary Bible Institute. In 2019 she completed her Homiletics course studies, under the instruction of Archbishop Alfred A. Owens Jr.. And finished Hermeneutics under the instruction of the Clergy Ambassador of the U.S. Attorney General's Office, Elder Cheryl Mercer.  On December 13, 2013, God birthed in her the Ministry of Mime, in which she has entitled "Mym4Christ". Obviously, this is the ministry she embraced when joining GMCHC and now she serve as the President.  She is also a member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry and on staff of the "Greater" online magazine. 

On December 31, 2014, God enabled her to complete the writing her first book, "Get Yourself Together First". This book was published on October 23, 2018. It is her desire to remain available, humble, and teachable while awaiting assignments and services that God will have her to embark upon.

Gavàta's Personal Mission and Vision Statement is to love, empower, mentor, teach, disciple, and train others to be HEALTHY mentally, emotionally and spiritually - As healthy individuals first, we can then become EFFECTIVE disciples and leaders according to the Word of God, for the upbuilding of the Kingdom of God.(Be it through Mime, Witnessing, Speaking, Preaching, Teaching, or Writing)

Her Life's Scriptures ( Acts 1:8)