2482 Highway 165 | Eufaula, AL 36027 | Office: 334-855-2083
Jo Ann Sumbry
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The Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Sumbry, Servant Leader
Clergy/Ministry and Professional
“…but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Religion: African Methodist Episcopal
Born: April 29, 1958
Native of: Phenix City, AL
Parents: Late Reverend James & Late Carrie Lee Sumbry
Child: Dr. Gerald D. Griffin
Grandchildren: Jeremiah and Naomi Griffin
Occupation: Servant Pastor, Associate Professor, and Educational Leadership Consultant
Current Residence: 287 Pecan Court, Auburn, AL 36830
Childhood and Education
Born on April 29, 1958 in Columbus, Georgia and raised in Phenix City, Alabama, Reverend Dr. Sumbry is the daughter of the late Reverend James and Carrie Lee Sumbry; both of Phenix City, Alabama. She completed her K-12 schooling in the Phenix City School System. After graduating from Central High School in 1976, she was accepted at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama where she earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and graduated with Honors in the class of 1979. In the fall of 1979, Reverend Dr. Sumbry continued her education, and was accepted to the Graduate School of Education at Troy State University in Phenix City, Alabama. On December 6, 1980, Reverend Dr. Sumbry earned and received her Masters of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Troy State University, Phenix City. She pursued further studies in education and was later Certified by the Alabama State Department of Education at the Class “B” “A” and “AA” levels in Elementary Education and K-12 Principal Certification Endorsement (Current-2018). In 2005, Reverend Dr. Sumbry successfully earned her Doctorate of Education Degree with a Concentration in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Sumbry has served several roles as an educator and administrator at the local, state, and higher education levels for 37 years. She is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of West Alabama in the College Education: Department of Online Instructional Leadership. More importantly, she is the Pastor of the Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church in Eufaula/Cottonton, Alabama. Reverend Dr. Sumbry is known for, “teaching and preaching.”
Honors: (1) Phi Delta Kappa International Honor Society (PDK), 2011- 2016 (Active Member); (2) Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), An International Honor Society in Education, (Active Member 2016); (3) Marquis Who’s Who in America Publication, 6th Edition, 2010, 2011; (4) Manchester Who’s Who Registry, 2005-2006 and 2004-2005; (5) Teacher of the Year, Elementary Level; System-Wide, Phenix City School System, Phenix City, Alabama, 1991-1992; (6) Teacher of the Year, Elementary Level; System-Wide, Phenix City School System (Recognition at Sumbry Family Reunion, 1992;(7) “Great Teacher” Award, Elementary Level, Russell County School System, Oliver Elementary School, Seale, Alabama, 1985-1986; and (8) National Writing Council Panelist, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 1983
Clergy/Ministry Service: Reverend Dr. Jo Ann Sumbry, is a dedicated, committed, and faithful servant of God. Her Clergy/Ministry Leadership and Service includes the following: (1) Licensed Clergy, (2) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church (2001); Itinerant Deacon, (3) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church (2003); Itinerant Elder, (4) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church (2005); (5) North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church, Woodlawn United Methodist Church/Cornerstone Schools of Alabama, Birmingham, AL – Co-Pastor/Community Ministry/Chief Academic Officer of Corenerstone Schools of Alabama, (2006-2007) (Reverend Dr. Sumbry was the First Black Preacher to preach and serve as Co-Pastor at this church under leadership of United Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Will Willimon with the blessings of African Methodist Episcopal Church Former Bishop T. Larry Kirkland; (6) Bessemer #1 Church of God in Christ Guest Preacher - Women’s Day Celebration, February 25, 2007; (7) Washington Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Day Guest Preacher, (May 20, 2007); (8) Washington Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church Women’s Day Guest Preacher, (May 20, 2009); (9) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church, St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor, (2009 – 2010); (10) Peace Baptist Church Spring Revival, May 26, 2010; (11) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church, Great Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor (2010 – 2011); (12) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church, Pleasant Grove African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor (2011-November 2014); (13) Greater Peace and Goodwill African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor (November 2014 – November 2015; (14) New Seed of Faith African Methodist Episcopal Church (November 15, 2015- September 4, 2016, Pastor; (15) Mt. Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, Pastor (October 16, 2016 to present; Former Northeast Alabama Conference Treasurer, 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church (2009-2013); (16) Alternate for the 49th Session General Conference African Methodist Episcopal Church, Nashville, TN, 2012; (17) 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church, Finance Committee, Member (2013-2014); (18) Northeast Alabama Conference Chairperson Finance Committee (2013-2014); (19) Daniel Payne College Board of Trustees, Board Member, 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church 2009-2013; (20) Northeast Alabama Conference Board of Examiners, 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Board Member (2009-2013); (21) Assistant Secretary, Phenix City District, 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church (2013-2014); and (22) Northeast Alabama Conference Finance Committee, Chairperson, 9th Episcopal District, African Methodist Church (2014-2015).
Professional Service and Affiliations: (1) President of the Alabama Association of Professors of Educational Leadership (AAPEL) and Founder of AAPEL Collaborative Research Consortium 2010-Present- Active); and (2) Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Beta Nu Omega Chapter, Montgomery, AL (Active Member); (3) University of Montevallo (University, College, and Department Levels); (4) University of Montevallo Graduate Council Committee Member, 2011- 2013; (5) University of Montevallo Scholarship Committee Member, 2011-2013; (6) University of Montevallo Graduate Instructional Leadership Department Committee Member, 2009-2013; (7) University of Montevallo Graduate Instructional Leadership Advisory Council Committee, 2009 – 2013; (8) University of Montevallo Graduate Academic Advisor, 2009 – 2013; (9) University of Montevallo Graduate Residency Supervisor, 2009 – 2013; (7) University of Montevallo National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Chapter Member/Diversity Committee Member, 2012 – 2014; and (10) Jule Collins Museum, Active Member, Auburn, AL, 2014 (11) National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME), 2011- 2016; (12) Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), (Diversity Committee 2011 – 2016 (Active Member; (13) Alabama Journal of Educational Leadership- Editorial Board Member (2015- present), and Rev. Dr. Jo Ann Sumbry is National Certified Grant Writing Specialist, and she serves on several Professional Peer Review Committees, etc.
Publications: Peer Review Article: Sumbry, Jo Ann (2014). Intellectbase International Consortium International Conference, “A Leadership Academy: Leadership and Student Success” Nashville, TN; Manuscript: Sumbry, Jo Ann (2014) SRCEA Yearbook, “A Collaborative Research Consortium: Collecting the Pieces to the Puzzle.” Published Book: Sumbry, Jo Ann and Griffin, Gerald D. (2003). “Mother and Son: A Book of Poems and Other Writings,” Authorhouse Publishers, ISBN 1-4140-24436, and a host of Clergy and Professional presentations at local, state, regional, and national levels.
Mt. Moriah AME Church
2482 Highway 165 | Eufaula, AL 36027
P. O. Box 122 | Cottonton, AL 36851
Office: 334-855-2083 | Fax: 334-855-2083
Sunday Worship Services 11AM | Bible Study on Weds 6PM | Sunday School 9:45AM