Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune is the Minister of Congregational Life at Clifton Park Baptist Church. A social justice advocate, consultant, strategist and writer, Dr. Copeland-Tune has extensive experience working for faith-based organizations on a number of issues including ending poverty, environmental stewardship, racial reconciliation, domestic violence, human trafficking, education and health care. She serves as the director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, an anti-poverty ministry led by an active partnership of ecumenical leaders from diverse denominational, geographical, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, which adds a prophetic voice and collective action to the fight to end poverty. During her career, Dr. Copeland-Tune has also served as a communications and marketing professional for non-profit organizations and corporations.
Dr. Copeland-Tune has taught numerous classes on leadership, discipleship, spiritual growth, evangelism and prayer. She has a chapter on Christian leadership in the book, Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community and Justice edited by Adam L. Bond and Laura Mariko Cheifetz.
Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY, Dr. Copeland-Tune has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, master’s degrees from the University of Maryland and Duke University, and a doctorate from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. In addition, she attended Oxford University’s Summer Theology Program in England. Dr. Copeland-Tune is blessed to have two wonderful children.