Our Ministry Team

Rebekah (Becky) K. Sumrall
Executive Director
bsumrall@beginanew.org

Becky became the first Executive Director of Begin Anew of Middle TN in 2000 and before that was central to its establishment in 1997. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Work /Religious Education from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Education and a minor in Early Childhood Development from Georgia College. Since 1978, she had been employed by community-faith based social service agencies in Alabama, New York, and Tennessee. She has developed four 501(c)3 programs to address the issue of poverty among women and children. As a national trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty and  Christian Women’s Job Corp (CWJC), and Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC), she has trained in the US and overseas in development and implementation of community-based services to the impoverished population. As a certified Coach with Coach Approach she equips others in professional growth and personal development.    

Debbie Rutland
Program Manager
debbie@beginanew.org

Debbie oversees the satellite program directors as well as the volunteer recruiter/trainer to enhance their programs, improve efficiencies, and provide problem solving processes to ensure that our students and volunteers have a meaningful experience with Begin Anew. Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University in Psychology. She worked for the American Red Cross for 29 years serving on the state as well as southeast regional leadership teams.

Rebecca Robbins
Development Director
rrobbins@beginanew.org

Rebecca holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the University of Kentucky. For six years, she was involved with Face to Face Ministries in Birmingham, AL.  For 20 years she has served as Development Director for several non-profits including TPAC and Nashville Food Project. 

Joni Burnell
Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer
volunteer@beginanew.org

Joni serves Begin Anew in an outreach capacity by partnering with community organizations and individuals to raise awareness of our volunteer opportunities, and by guiding our new volunteers through the onboarding and training process.  She comes to Begin Anew with a BA in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Before coming to Begin Anew, she worked as an ESL Teacher serving the refugee community in Nashville, and in an Administrative Support role with the University of Kentucky.

Kristian James
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
info@beginanew.org

Kristian was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Trevecca Nazarene University.  She also serves as the Adult and Youth Choir Director for Grace United Missionary Baptist Church (both locations: Columbia and Nashville).

Mayter Scott
Ministry Assistant to Program Manager
ministryassistant@beginanew.org

Mayter comes to Begin Anew with Bachelors of Art in Psychology/Fine Arts from Mississippi University for Women.  Mayter has spent the last 15  years working in Nashville’s Hospitality industry. Having a servants heart and a love of Jesus has led her to working at Begin Anew. She hopes to be a supportive presence in helping Begin Anew thrive in Nashville, TN. Mayter is also a food, lifestyle, and portrait photographer. She serves as a Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader at Donelson First Baptist Church, and is an active member at Eastland First Baptist Church. Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of The Lord will be saved.”

 

Satellite Program Directors

Tracey Gholson
Nashville Program Director
nashville@beginanew.org

Tracey holds a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism/Mass Communication from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Previously, she served as State Coordinator for Tennessee Christian Women’s Job Corps for 8 years.

Andrea Waters
Madison County Women’s Program Director
madison@beginanew.org

Andrea graduated from University of North Florida with a BA in Psychology and a MAOM in Organizational Management. Her past employment experience includes a role as Career Placement Specialist at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, Nashville TN and a role as Employments Specialist with Jacksonville Urban league, Jacksonville, Florida

Scott Payne
Madison County Men’s Program Director
madisonmen@beginanew.org

Scott has dedicated his life to Mission work.  He graduated in 1985 with his Masters in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after attaining his Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University in 1982.  He was a Missionary for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to Thailand for 17 years.  Prior to going abroad he served in campus ministry for East Tennessee State University and Motlow State Community College.

Angela Good
Williamson County Women's Program Director
williamson@beginanew.org

Angela holds a Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership & Ministry.  She also has experience as aCertified Microsoft Trainer.  Previously, she was employed with Graceworks non-profit agency as the Home Ministry Director and with the People’s Church as Benevolence Director.  In a collaborative effort with other non-profits, she developed the Senior Transportation Program in Williamson County.

Williamson County Men’s Program Director
williamsonmen@beginanew.org

Sandra Hunter
Woodbine Program Director
woodbine@beginanew.org

Sandra comes to Begin Anew from serving as an Instructor and Adjunct Faculty Member of Heritage International Bible College & Seminary (Mt Juliet TN) as well as from her Mental Health Private Practice. Sandra and her husband have lived in the Nashville area for the past 23 years, prior to both having positions with the US military. They have one daughter who is married and also lives in the Nashville area. Sandra has a serving heart and joined Begin Anew after returning from a mission trip to Puerto Rico this past spring. She shared that she felt the Lord was leading her to serve those from different cultures and backgrounds here in her home community.

South Nashville Program Director
southnashville@beginanew.org