Cheryl Cornish '83 M.Div.
Since 1988 Cheryl Cornish has been pastor of First Congregational Church in Memphis, TN, which became a “Just Peace” congregation in 1991. First Congregational is also an Open and Affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ—welcoming and affirming to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people of faith. Since 2001, First Congregational has engaged in a creative witness and partnership with the 30 other organizations housed within its facilities. A past president of the Memphis Ministers Association, Cornish has served as a Trustee of LeMoyne-Owen College and been Chair of the Board of Directors of the Midsouth Peace and Justice Center. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Interfaith Association and served as an officer of the Midsouth Interfaith Network for Economic Justice, working with living wage initiatives in Memphis. She served as pastor of Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Augusta, MO from 1983 - 1988. A native of Nebraska, Cornish is a graduate of Williams College, Williamstown, MA. She is married to carpenter and flamenco guitarist Mark Allen.