Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland-Tune was named the Director of Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice in August 2017.
Dr. Copeland-Tune is director of the Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, an anti-poverty ministry led by an active partnership of denominational leaders which adds a prophetic voice and collective action to the fight to end poverty. A chapter she wrote on Christian leadership, “The Heart of the Matter,” is included in the book, The Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community & Justice, which was edited by Dr. Adam L. Bond and Rev. Laura Mariko Cheifetz.
Previously, she was the Director of Communications & Resource Development for the D.C. Baptist Convention. She also served as Assistant Director of Justice and Advocacy for the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
A consultant, strategist, writer and advocate, Dr. Copeland-Tune has also worked on a number of other issues including environmental stewardship, racial reconciliation, domestic violence, human trafficking, education and health care. During her career, Dr. Copeland-Tune has also served as a communications and marketing professional for non-profit organizations and corporations.
Dr. Copeland-Tune, who is an ordained Baptist minister, was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, NY. She 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, where the focus of her study was on religion, ethics and public theology. Dr. Copeland-Tune is blessed to have two wonderful children.
A diverse group of persons from the various sponsoring organizations volunteer their time to coordinate all aspects of Ecumenical Advocacy Days in collaboration with the Director of EAD.