MIAMI GARDENS – A memorial service to honor the life and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Mary Ann Tumpkin will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, November 21, 2013, at the Universal Truth Center for Better Living, Inc., 21310 N.W. 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056. A repast will immediately follow the service.
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. Tumpkin 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, UTC 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. People are excited to learn about Christianity that they can use on a practical level,” said Karen McKenzie, president of the UTC Board of Directors. “Her messages were empowering and uplifting. She meant so much too so many people, not only at the Center, but also throughout South Florida and around the world.”
Dr. Tumpkin was highly regarded around the world as a biblical scholar and was an acclaimed teacher and preacher who authored numerous publications. She lectured and preached throughout the United States, as well as in England, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. She 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.
The memorial service will be streamed at www.utconline.org/memorial/. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Universal Truth Center. For more information, please call the Universal Truth Center at (305) 624-4991, or visit the website, www.utruthcenter.org.