Our Pastor

Lisa

Rev. Hammonds, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, answered her call to the preaching ministry in 1996. She served on the ministerial staff of St. John African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, Nashville, until September of 1999, when she was ordained an Itinerant Deacon in the Tennessee Annual Conference of the 13th Episcopal District of the AME Church. In September of 2000, she was ordained an Itinerant Elder. Her ministerial gifts and emphases are Christian education and grief care.

Rev. Hammonds earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Marketing, from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This prepared her for a successful and multi-faceted career in consumer lending. She also trained and was licensed to sell ordinary life insurance to individual and family markets.

In 2000, Rev. Hammonds received her Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. While there, she engaged in diverse theological studies. She also participated in a global immersion program, observing ministry in other countries. Traveling to South Africa, Rev. Hammonds gained the distinction of becoming the first woman to preach at Jabavu African Evangelical Church in the city of Soweto.

Rev. Hammonds’ ministry is concerned with rightfully dividing God’s Word with practical applications speaking to today’s social issues. She believes the church plays a pivotal role in addressing oppression and seeking justice by demonstrating God’s example of love and community. To further her spiritual commitment, in October of 2007, she traveled to Israel, tracing the footsteps of Jesus from Nazareth to Jerusalem, as the recipient of a Holy Rest grant sponsored by the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia and the Cousins Family Foundation.

Rev. Hammonds enjoys traveling and self-identifies as a “foodie,” always open to try new restaurants and cuisines. In May of 2017, she fulfilled a life-long dream when she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Kappa Omega Chapter, in Clarksville, Tennessee. She is also a founding member of and officer in the Nashville chapter of the National Consortium of Black Women in Ministry.

Rev. Hammonds preaches throughout Nashville and surrounding areas and exercises her ministry in numerous capacities. She serves on the staff of the AMEC Finance Department as an assistant to Treasurer/CFO Richard A. Lewis. Furthering her work in bereavement, Rev. Hammonds is a graduate of John A. Gupton College and is a licensed Funeral Director in Tennessee. She serves on the staff at Lewis & Wright Funeral Directors. Continuing her commitment to erudition, she works on numerous publications, lending her compiling, proofreading, and editing skills. In 2016, she became the Assistant Editor for The Christian Recorder, the oldest existing periodical published by African-Americans in the United States and the AME Church’s official news organ. Notwithstanding her many obligations, Rev. Hammonds’ priority is to the pastorate. She has served congregations in Columbia, Nashville, and Clarksville. In March of 2018, she assumed responsibility as the senior pastor of her home church, St. John AME Church in Nashville, Tennessee, the Mother Church (oldest) of African Methodism in the state of Tennessee, an appointment and opportunity for which she is most excited!