Dr. Theresa (Smith) Link was the daughter of the late Odell and Bilbo Smith. She was born December 18, 1946, in Ruleville, MS. On Saturday, September 4, 2021, Dr. Link embraced the loving arms of her precious Lord and Savior. Greetings, In the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Dr. Theresa Link, is the mother of four children who adore her: daughter, Minister Christine M. Glover, sons, Alexis R. White, Willie L. White, Jason L. White: and special son-in-law, Leonard Glover. Dr Link was a lover of people but lived a very private life. She treasured her quiet time because it was in those times, she could hear the voice of God. Although, born in Ruleville, MS, Dr. Link was raised on a cotton farm in Natchez, MS.
Dr. Theresa Link attended Brumfield Elementary and Junior High School from 1951 -1959, completing the 8th grade. At the young age of thirteen, Dr. Link became actively involved with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Chi-co Freedom Riders movement, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Link continued to grow in the Lord and receive instruction from the Holy Spirit, and would later organize “The Why Youth Program,” for underprivileged children.
Dr. Theresa Link moved to Fort Wayne, IN in 1966. Dr. Link enrolled in Central Vocational School where she earned her GED. Dr. Link continued her education and received a certificate in Lotus Accounting. Continuing to be led by the Holy Spirit, Dr. Link enrolled in the Fort Wayne Bible College, where she studied Biblical Studies, while also completing Financial Management training and received a certificate in Tax Preparation in 1972. In 1985, Dr. Link enrolled in the Elegant Lady School of Cosmetology. Her diligence and commitment allowed her to earn a license to practice Cosmetology. She continued her educational path and received a master’s Cosmetology license as Instructor, Beauty Educator, Barber Stylist and Barber Instructor.
Dr. Link was a life-long learner and continued to follow God’s leading and direction. In 2003, Dr. Link earned a master’s degree in Christian Education from Cornerstone Christian Bible College International (CCBCI Global), and an earned Doctor of Philosophy in Human Potential Coaching, after the successful defense of a 200+ page dissertation in 2006. Dr. Link was a self-employed business owner of T’s Touch Beauty and Barber Salons 1986 – 2006, Theresa Link Enterprise, Inc., T’s Touch Beauty and Barber Salon, and Chosen Christian Beauty and Barber Colleges, 2000-2017.
Dr. Theresa Link came to confess and know Christ at the early age of 10, and was baptized in the name of The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. For more than 20 years, Dr. Link was actively involved in music ministry. She has ministered as a member of the Tabernacle Baptist Choir, Calvary Chapel Choir, The Rose of
Sharon Quartet, and Voices of Praise Choir. Dr. Link served as a young missionary under the leadership of the late Dr. Jesse White for seven years. She also served at the 1st Vice President of the Matrons of The Northern Indiana Baptist District Convention for two years. Dr. Link received the gift of healing and to preach the gospel at the age of 21. Dr. Link would continue to evade the call on her life to preach the gospel, until she was called by The Holy Spirit to sit under the leadership of Dr. Oscar J. Nelson Dowdell-Underwood, at Cathedral of Praise Ministries International. Dr. Link was released and ordained to preach the Gospel in 1999.
Dr. Theresa Link’s greatest strength was motivating and encouraging others to succeed. She was an excellent example and used her gifts and God-given purpose to teach Godly principles and share Godly wisdom to transform the minds and hearts of the lost. Dr. Link had a heart of compassion and championed those who had been rejected by family, friends, and society. She carried a burning passion to minister HOPE to emotionally and physically hurting people. She was drawn to those individuals who believed that they could not or would not ever accomplish anything. She lived and embraced each day for the opportunity to instruct and motivate others. Her motto, continues to echo today, “I Just Want to Do God’s Will!” Dr. Link vowed to God that she would not deviate from the vision handed down to her by the angel that God has placed at Cathedral of Praise Ministries. She was steadfast in that she would transfer it to others just as it was given to her.
Dr. Theresa Link’s beautiful memory is forever cherished by Joe Link; daughter, Minister Christine M. Glover; sons, Alexis R. White, Willie L. White, Jr., Jason L. White; son-in-law, Leonard Glover; four sisters, Esther Mae Jackson, Mary P. Williams, Evangelist, Ella Smith, and Jacqueline Smith; four brothers, L.T. Smith, Jerry Smith, Joe McCorkley and Brian Green; two sisters-in-law, Zelda Smith, and Quella Smith; brother-in-law, Joe Jackson; loving grandmother of thirteen; great-grandmother of twenty-eight; and a host of other relatives, family and friends.
Dr. Theresa Link was preceded in death by her parents, Bilbo and Odel Smith; five brothers, Samuel L. Smith, Bilbo Smith, Willie Lee James Stevenson, Lionel Smith, and Tommy Smith; brother-in-law, James Williams; and children’s father, Willie Lee White.
Burial in Covington Memorial Gardens.
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