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New leader named for Begin Anew, which provides support, education, job and language training to those in need


New leader named for Begin Anew, which provides support, education, job and language training to those in need

Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee, formerly Christian Women’s Job Corps, announced Wednesday that Heather Norvell has been named the ministry’s executive director, replacing 18-year Executive Director Rebekah (Becky) K. Sumrall.

Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to empower women and men to overcome life-changing obstacles caused by poverty with education, mentoring, and resources.

The organization provides three curriculum tracks for adult-aged students: high school equivalency/HiSet (GED) test preparation, computer and job skills, and English as a Second Language (ESL) training. Enrollment is free and open to persons of all faiths and culture. Free childcare is provided to students as well as one-on-one mentoring.

“The staff and volunteers of Begin Anew ultimately offer hope to those in need,” Norvell said in a press release announcing her new position. “I am thankful to serve an organization committed to walking alongside our students while empowering and encouraging them to grow as they step into their future, and it brings great joy to celebrate our graduates and their amazing journeys.”

Norvell’s 23 years of experience includes leadership positions in ministry and commercial business, including ministry responsibilities at Long Hollow Baptist Church, The People’s Church (now Church of the City), and Brentwood Baptist Church. She spent more than 15 years in leadership positions at area-businesses relative to their financial functions.

Norvell previously has served as board member and treasurer for The Refuge Center for Counseling in Franklin. Other volunteer work includes apprenticeships for The Charles Simeon Trust and The Giving Circle.

A graduate in business administration from Belmont University, Norvell earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Norvell and her husband Michael live in Brentwood with their two children.

Begin Anew of Middle Tennessee conducts its programming at six area locations in Nashville, Madison, and Franklin. To learn more about ways to donate and become involved go to www.beginanew.org. The group also is on Twitter (@BeginAnewMidTN), Facebook (@BeginAnewMiddleTN), and YouTube.

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