Memorial service for Rev. Dr. Mary Tumpkin
Dr. Tumpkin was the President of the Universal Foundation for Better Living, an international association of New Thought Christian churches, centers, and study groups founded by the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon in 1974.
also was the Founding and Senior Minister of the Universal Truth Center
(UTC), a New Thought Christian "Bible-based church for thinkers," and a UFBL affiliate, founded in Miami in 1982.
For 31 years, Dr. Tumpkin
carried out UTC's
mission to "empower people to develop their potential by awakening their divine nature.
The Center offers a classes and services dedicated to the development of the whole person.
Under the leadership of Dr. Tumpkin
has grown from being housed in rental space to having its own facility that houses a sanctuary, a community room, a bookstore, adult education classrooms, staff offices and the Universal Academy
, a not-for-profit child care and early learning center.
"The work Rev. Tumpkin
did in growing the ministry is phenomenal.
Dr. Tumpkin was highly regarded around the world as a biblical scholar and was an acclaimed teacher and preacher who authored numerous publications.
lectured and preached throughout the United States, as well as in England, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean.
was known for her
powerful, energetic, and often humorous preaching style and her
ability to express the message of Jesus the Christ in a relevant, practical, and accessible way.
She earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree at the Florida Center for Theological Studies.
Dr. Tumpkin served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Metaphysical Religion; the International New Thought Alliance; the Florida Center for Theological Studies; and the Westar Institute.