First Lady Maritza Beckham
First Lady Maritza Beckham was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Her spiritual foundation began in the home of her parents Deacon Benjamin F. Davis, Sr. and Pastor Dorothy Lee Davis; and at the Glorious Church of God in Christ located in Charleston, West Virginia, where her mother was the Pastor for thirty years.
First Lady Beckham began her college education endeavors at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. In 1991, after marriage to Rev. Eric M. Beckham, she continued her studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey majoring in sociology and minoring in Early Childhood Education. She has found it to be a great joy as well as a rewarding experience to work with and teach children of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
On Lady Beckham's very first Women's Day at Zion, she was officially welcomed and humbled to take on the role of Zion's Women's Ministry Chairperson. She is excited to be able to continue her ministry with the women of Zion as well as to the women in the surrounding communities of Cobb County and the City of Marietta. First Lady Beckham is equally excited to be facilitating an all-female small group primarily consisting of new to Zion female members of all ages and stages in their spiritual walk with Christ.
Lady Beckham is also blessed to be a gifted singer. Since the age of 4 years old and through her young adult and adult years she has had the pleasure of working and singing with gospel greats such as Rev. Timothy Wright, Rev. Daryl Coley, and Daniel Winans. In September 2002, she was blessed to participant in her first official CD recording and singing lead on the song entitled "Give Him Praise" with the Clear View Baptist Church Mass Choir featuring the Seacoast Revival Choir.
Under God's direction, First Lady Beckham recently began pursuing her certificate in Christian Ministry with New York Theological Seminary and considers it to be a priceless experience to minister the Word of God to those who will have an ear to hear what thus saith the Lord!!! Her favorite verses of scripture are Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) which declares: "Now unto him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen"