- New to Union?
- Connect & Grow
- See & Hear
- Events & News
- About Union
- Contact Us
Pastor Jay became Union’s lead minister in September 2012. He is also a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is writing his dissertation on spirit, ecstasy, and identity in African-American thought at the intersections of class, gender, and sexuality. Currently, he’s writing a paper entitled “Sin, Sexuality, Pseudonymity and the Mis-taken identities of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.”
Jay is a leader in the United Methodist Church, having served widely on a number of denominational and ecumenical agencies; he currently serves on the denomination’s Ministry Study Committee. Jay is a preacher and teacher on issues ranging from genocide in Sudan, where he twice traveled to help liberate modern-day slaves. Jay loves to read (which is good, considering he’s a doctoral student) and working out. He is also a Facebook aficionado (not Twitter) and lifelong fan of the 1980s cartoon “Thundercats”, which has changed his life. And although he proudly hails from Buffalo, New York, Jay despises the snow.
Rev. Catharine A. Cummings comes to Union with her Masters of Divinity degree as a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Cummings studied Business Administration at Tennessee State University while teaching martial arts full time at Max Scruggs’ Karate Center. In 2003, Rev. Cummings received her call to ministry at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, TN.