Our Director, Gerrie Shepard, was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois.  Her parents are Pastor Alfred and Evangelist Corinea Smith of the Zion Travelers Missionary Baptist Church in South Holland, Illinois.  Mrs. Shepard is a graduate of Chicago Vocational High School, Eastern Illinois University (Computer Management and Personnel Management), University of Chicago (Masters of Business Administration) and Prairie State College (Early Childhood Director Certificate).  She is married to Deacon Shannon Shepard and has three children, Shonda, Sean and Alicia.  The Lord has also blessed her with a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Shepard worked for 25 years at a major downtown Chicago financial institution.  She started her career as a Programmer Trainee and ended it as Senior Project Manager/Assistant Vice President.  In 2004, Mrs. Shepard left to become Director of the day care center her pastor envisioned.  On August 23, 2004, Zion Buds of Promise Christian Academy opened its doors with one teacher and one student.  Since then, Zion Buds has provided care for over 250 students.  We give God the glory!

The Director
14875 South Wallace      South Holland, IL 60473
P. O. Box 413
708-331-7337 Fax: 708-331-2361