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The Biography of Mother Yolanda Schnetta Howard Bryant

Mother Yolanda Schnette Howard Bryant is a native of Houston, Texas. She is the youngest of three girls born to the late Mr. Arthur Lake Howard and the late Mother Doris Belle White Howard. She was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of 15. She was licensed as an Evangelist Missionary under the late Supervisor of Women Mother Eloise Law of Houston, Texas.

Mother Bryant was a member of her local church home, Law Memorial for twenty- eight years. From her youth up, she has served the local church in many areas which include: Junior Usher Board President, Youth Director, Sunday School Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Junior Missionary Alliance, Choir Director, YPWW President, YPWW Teacher, YWCC Vice President, and Christmas and Easter Program Director. Currently, she serves as Director of the Women’s Department, Sunday School Superintendent, Minister’s Wives President, Director of Vacation Bible School, Scholarship Committee Member, Mission Teacher, and Urban Initiative Education Coordinator.

She is currently the First Lady of The Island of Hope Church of God in Christ, Buck Street Memorial Church of God in Christ, and The Texas South Central Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction.

Nationally, Mother Bryant has been an active member of the Bishops’ Wives Circle since November 2007. In 2014 she became the Communications Secretary for the Bishops’ Wives Circle and in January 2017 she was appointed the Financial Secretary by Mother Willie Mae Rivers.

She received her formal education in the Houston Independent and North Forest School Districts. She graduated with honors from the M. B. Smiley High School and continued her higher education at Houston Community College, Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston. She earned her Associates degree in Applied Data Processing from Houston Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Southern University where she majored in Computer Science with a Minor in Business.

She worked in Corporate America as a Computer Programmer for the City of Houston, until she returned to school in 1991 at the University of Houston where she worked on becoming certified in Special Education. In 1992 she became certified in Special Education grades K-12 and began teaching at Evan E. Worthing High School. Since then she has taught at John G. Whittier Elementary and North Shore Middle School. In the school system she has served as Test Coordinator, Senior Class Sponsor, Department Chairperson of Special Education, Mentor, Advocate, and President of the PTA.

In addition, she served the San Jacinto Girl Scout Council for approximately eleven years serving as a Girl

Scout Troop Leader for her daughters Dommonique and Tymorra. As a troop leader she organized weekly activities to help the girls earn their badges, sold calendars, nuts, and of course the famous Girl Scout cookies. As a Girl Scout leader, she also went on camping trips and many other field trips.

Her favorite color is purple and her favorite flower is the orchid. In her “free time” she may be found enjoying some of her hobbies: reading, bowling, bike riding, putting together jigsaw puzzles, crocheting, spending time with her family, entertaining, and baking.

After 25 years of working in the school system, Mother Bryant was blessed to retire on May 31, 2016. Lastly, Mother Bryant lives daily by her favorite scripture 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 paths.” She loves God and His people.

She is married to Bishop Prince E. W. Bryant, Sr. They are the parents of five children, Supt. Prince E. Bryant, II, Missionary Dommonique Jeannie Parker(Elder Byron Parker), Phillip Paul Bryant, Elder Desmon Ryan(Missionary Franchell Bryant), and Tymorra Mishon Bryant. In addition, they are the grandparents of Prince E. Bryant, III, Paiton Anise, Pierce Edward O’Neal, Madison Danielle, John Patrick, John Paul(deceased), Kezien Isaiah, Prescott Ethan, Taylor Rose and Noah Alexander Bryant.