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The Reverend Dr. Judy Cummings had for many years enjoyed a very successful career as a cardiac nurse. However, like an Olympic silver medalist yearning for the gold, she felt a call to something greater. She began a journey, searching for her "gold medal" career. Answering a call from God she entered the field of ministry, a place where she could truly help people.
Dr. Cummings now serves as the Senior Pastor of the historic New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Nashville, TN, the first woman to pastor this church in its 155 year history. New Covenant is a diverse congregation doing cutting edge ministry. She served for eight years at Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church as the Minister of Christian Education and then as the Executive Minister.
She holds degrees from Tennessee State University School of Nursing, the University of St. Francis, a Master of Divinity Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching and Church Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary.
An advocate for justice, Dr. Cummings works diligently in the community serving on various community boards and organizations. Most notably she is President of the Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship, an executive board member for Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH), an active member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a board member of Operation Andrew Group, and a member of the 2012-2013 Leadership Nashville Class. Dr. Cummings has received numerous awards and recognitions.