Ericka Bailey

Rev. Ericka Bailey was born in Chicago, IL. but moved to Quincy, IL. at an early age. She received her education at Quincy Public Schools and earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at Western Illinois University. She has spent the majority of her career in the Social Service field. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and is a state certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator.

Rev. Bailey is the wife of James C. Bailey who is the Pastor of St. Stephen A.M.E. Church in Chicago, IL. She is the mother of four adult children. She accepted her call to preach in 2006 and was ordained in September 2009. While she gladly serves in the pulpit on a weekly basis, she firmly holds that true ministry is lived outside of the churches four walls. She strives to make a difference in the lives of all she come into contact with.

Rev. Bailey is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is active in addressing social issues within community and works diligently to uphold the standards of this most illustrious public service sorority.
She strives to live by the scripture “to whom much is given, much is required”.

Rev. Bailey is the founder of I Survived Ministries whose purpose is to inspire others to live by faith and hope in spite of adversity. She has partnered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) serving as a Lead Presenter for the Ending the Silence Program as well as serving as a regular panelist for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department and Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). She speaks throughout Chicago Public Schools and various universities sharing her personal testimony which includes a history of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, living with depression and anxiety. Her story further highlights components of her recovery including an active faith, proper nutrition, daily exercise, getting adequate sleep, and maintaining regular contact with her physician.

In 2017, Rev. Bailey’s life was portrayed on stage through Erasing the Distance which is a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health.

In 2018, Rev. Bailey was nominated and received the Top Ladies of Distinction Crown Jewel award for Dedication and Commitment to Community Partnership.

Rev. Bailey is the author of the book ‘I Survived’ which was written as a testament of God’s immeasurable grace, undeniable forgiveness, and as a demonstration of His glorious power of restoration. It gives credence to the fact that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things!

Her book is available for purchase on her website and on

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