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Reverend Doctor Elenora Mackey Cushenberry, 2014
Dr. Cushenberry was born in Happy Jack, LA as the 2nd oldest of 4 siblings. In January 1981, she became active in her local church, The Historic Trinity United Methodist Church (now The Historic Haven Trinity) and in the community working with various local churches and organizations’ outreach programs. After attending Spencer Business College, Southern and Loyola Universities in New Orleans, she received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Counseling degrees from the latter. Answering her call to ministry in 1994, she began the certification process towards becoming a Local Pastor.
In the Fall of 2000, she matriculated at Gammon Theological Seminary, a constituent seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. At the June 2008 Louisiana Annual Conference, Dr. Cushenberry was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection. In May of 2009, she was awarded the Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling from Gammon Theological Seminary/The ITC.
During her residency in New Orleans, Dr. Cushenberry was an employee of the State of Louisiana and later Loyola University New Orleans. She believes that God will fulfill God’s purpose for us; that God’s steadfast love endures forever; and that God will not forsake the work of God’s hands.