First Congregational Pastor to Speak at Baccalaureate Service


Publication Date: 5/5/2009

Rev. Cheryl K. Cornish, Pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Memphis, will deliver the address for Rhodes College’s Baccalaureate Service on May 15.

The Baccalaureate Service for the 160th Session of Rhodes College will be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church located at 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. The Academic Procession begins at 3 p.m. with Rhodes President William E. Troutt presiding over the service.

A Nebraska native, Cornish was ordained in 1984. She served as pastor at Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Augusta, Mo., prior to coming to First Congregational in 1988.

Cornish holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School where she served as Coordinator of the Yale Divinity School Women′s Center. In 2008, she received the Yale Divinity School Alumni Award for Congregational Ministry. She also is the recipient of the Women of Achievement′s 2005 “Courage” award for her advocacy for peace and justice.

Cornish has served on boards for the Memphis Interfaith Association (MIFA) and LeMoyne-Owen College as well as held offices in the Midsouth Interfaith Network for Economic Justice, Memphis Ministers’ Association, and the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center.