Our Ministry Team

Rebekah (Becky) K. Sumrall
Executive Director

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 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

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. 

Laura Flemming
Volunteer Recruiter and Trainer

Laura grew up as a missionary kid in Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Haiti.  Her experience includes teaching ESL to 65 orphans and tent city kids in Haiti, mentoring inmates, co-founding and co-directing a Children's Development Program in a small town in Illinois, directing a feeding program for refugee kids in Texas, and interning as a Refugee Resettlement Intern at World Relief Nashville.  She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Olivet Nazarene University.

Kristian James
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

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 Adult and Youth Choir Director for Grace United Missionary Baptist Church (both locations: Columbia and Nashville).

Nonie Bennah
Ministry Assistant to Program Manager

An east Tennessee native, Nonie Bennah earned her B.S. in Communications from East Tennessee State University. Nonie has worked as an event planner, fundraiser, trainer and program manager for various non-profits including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Children’s Advocacy Center, CASA for Kids and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. Prior to that Nonie has been a middle school teacher and church Youth Director.


Satellite Program Directors

Tracey Gholson
Nashville Program Director

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

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

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

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.


Bryan Williams
Williamson County Men’s Program Director

Bryan has a BS of Arts, majoring in Student Ministry with an emphasis in Sociology from Charleston Southern University.  He has previous experience with Begin Anew as a Childcare Coordinator for our Williamson satellite. 


Charlotte Hanson
Woodbine Program Director

Charlotte comes with a multitude of leadership roles in Ministry and Missions.  She has served as the Minister-in-Residence for Brentwood Baptist Church.  Her talents further include working with congregational groups for the Stephen Ministries as an Assignment Coordinator, Continuing Education Coordinator, and Minister.  She has also served with the Tennessee Baptist Convention as a Worship and Music Ministry Assistant and Ministry Assistant in Christian Growth and Development.  As if that wasn't enough she was an IMB missionary to Kenya and is an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher.  She earned her Bachelor of Church Music from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.


Sandra Owens
South Nashville Program Director

Sandra holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Family Relations and Consumer Science and a Master's degree in Ministry from Lipscomb University.  She is a former Youth Bible school teacher and Spiritual Emphasis leader.  Her past employment experience includes roles as a Career Specialist in Nashville Metro Public Schools through the Pencil Foundation, a Program Manager with Pencil Foundation, and Workforce Development Specialist with the Next Door.



Ashley Leftwich
Advancement Director

Ashley is a proven champion in the non-profit world.  She has propelled the initiatives of several area non-profits such as the Williamson County Cultural Arts Commission, Williamson County Library & Friends of the Library, Habitat for Humanity, Williamson County Fair, and MidSouth Ballet Company.  She has her MBA and BBA with Marketing focus from MTSU.