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Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland Tune

by Anna Hartge


Rev. Leslie Copeland TuneRev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune is spiritually and professionally gifted and diverse. Her passion for social justice is matched only by her desire to serve the Lord and her love for her family.

Rev. Copeland-Tune is currently the Director of Communications & Resource Development for the D.C. Baptist Convention, which serves churches in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Rev. Copeland-Tune served as Assistant Director of Justice and Advocacy for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA where she used her gifts to add a Christian voice to women’s issues, ending poverty and other national and international concerns.

She has almost 20 years of experience in communications, as a public affairs manager for the American Counseling Association, media relations specialist for the University of Maryland, assistant account executive at Ruder Finn PR in New York, and as public relations manager for Cox, Matthews & Associates. She also started her own marketing and consulting business in 1999. Her clients have included: North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, Webb Patterson Communications, Faith & Politics Institute and Grammy-nominated Jazz Artist Nneena Freelon.
Until 2008, Rev. Copeland-Tune also served as Assistant Pastor at Norbeck Community Church in Silver Spring, MD, where Rev. Courtenay L. Miller is the pastor. She was licensed and ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1997 and 2001, respectively, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Copeland-Tune—who was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York—earned a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland with a concentration in marketing, and a Master of Theological Studies from Duke University. She also has a doctorate in metro-urban ministry from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, New Jersey. An article based on her Divinity School thesis entitled, “The Black Church Is Silent on Abortion,” was published in the summer 2003 issue of the The African American Pulpit.

She has two children, Aman Victoria and Jordan Romal.

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