Pastor Christal is a proud second-generation ordained elder in the A.M.E. denomination following in the footsteps of her loving parents and mentors, Rev. Larry J. Bell and Rev. DaNita M. Ward Bell. In her adolescence, Pastor Christal grew up for the majority of her years in Peoria, Illinois where she graduated from Richwoods High School.
She advanced on to further her education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Pastor Christal was active in the WSIU newsroom while studying at SIUC. With aspirations of becoming a prime time reporter, Pastor Christal was awarded an internship position with NBC Studios: Entertainment and Publicity Department; in Burbank, California.
It was during this time in her undergraduate studies where she experienced the Call of God for her to become His prime time reporter; she graciously obeyed. She went on to finish her Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television from SIUC. Upon graduation she entered seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Divinity.
Christal is currently pursing doctoral studies in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University. Her dream is to open her own Christian based counseling practice for children/adolescents and their families. Her life scripture is “I can do all things, through Christ that strengthens me.”