Dr. Rosie Weary


Growing up poor in Mississippi, leaving for a better life only to be called back by God to serve those still trapped by poverty, racism, substandard education and other hardships, Rosie labored together with her husband for these and other causes with which they both identified.  Rosie and her husband Dolphus were married in 1970.  For 27 years, she worked at Mendenhall Ministries alongside her husband in various capacities.  In 1998, Rosie and her husband Dolphus co-founded REAL Christian Foundation (REAL).

Rosie served as REAL’s executive director and chief executive officer from 1998 to 2008.  During that time, REAL grew from its starting group of three ministries to 12.  She is the mother of three children:  Danita, a pediatrician who lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with her husband, and their children, a daughter and son; Reggie, who passed away in 2004 and is the namesake for REAL’s Reginald D. Weary Memorial Fund; and Ryan, who works on staff with REAL.

Rosie served as REAL’s vice president from 2009 to December 31, 2016.  Since January 1, 2017, Rosie has enjoyed being retired and spending time with her grandchildren Reginald Malik Weary, Naomi Jewel Byrd, and Joshua Douglas Byrd.  You can read about her life story in her autobiography, “Stepping out from the Shadows.

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Reggie Weary, pictured at his father's grave


REAL Christian Foundation established the RDW Fund after REAL Co-Founders Dolphus and Rosie Weary’s son’s untimely death in 2004. As a part of their healing process, they prayerfully considered ways to bless other youth from rural Mississippi. The interest from this fund is used to provide partial scholarships to students in rural Mississippi who are connected to community-based Christian ministries REAL supports. Students can use these scholarships to cover costs associated with attending boarding high schools, colleges or universities, technical schools, and graduate seminaries. The scholarships usually range from $1,000 – $2,000 per student. The RDW Fund was designed to help rural Christian ministries develop leaders. The hope is these leaders would have a heart to come back, give back, or serve back in their communities. As of today, REAL has provided over 50 scholarships to students associated with the rural, community-based Christian ministries supported by REAL.