WilliamsonBusiness.Com 100 Leading African Americans 2018 Recipient: Teresa Burns

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Mrs. Burns was born in Nashville, Tennessee March 31, 1963. She graduated from Glencliff High School where she was voted “Most likely to succeed”. She attended Nashville State Technical College where she received degree in Computer Accounting. Her spiritual education began at St. Paul AME in Ashland City, Tennessee. After family changes, at the age of 12, she attended Progressive Baptist then moved on to Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church where she found her gift in developing and implementing youth programs; one of which is Precious Pearls which is still going on to this day.

Mrs. Burns’ professional development began at MeHarry Medical College then she moved to Alcoa Fujikura where she became Accounts Payable Manager. After this position, she expanded her abilities through her employment with the Credit Information Center (Equifax). During her tenure, she managed a customer base of 876 clients; trained credit grantors regarding FICO and risk score models, developed training manuals for creditors and consumers and conducted credit-counseling classes for various community outreach programs. She received multiple awards and recognition for her services and abilities.

After downsizing occurred at the Credit Information Center in Nashville, Mrs. Burns put her focus and energy into developing a non-profit service that would educate low to moderate-income consumers about financial literacy and the home buying process.

Mrs. Burns is the founder and current Chief Executive Director GAP Community Development Resources, Inc. and as a certified housing counselor, has provided housing counseling and education for the last 12 years. GAPCDR is a faith-based, grass-root, nonprofit organization approved as a Local Housing Counseling Agency by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since its inception, the agency has assisted over 700 households with a variety of home ownership services, foreclosure prevention, fair housing counseling, and homelessness.

In 2008 as the Executive Director she was awarded for her service to the community by the Powerful Difference Campaign sponsored by the makers of Pine-Sol and ABC Radio Networks. She is an Alumni Leadership Franklin and Leadership Middle Tennessee; she is an advocate for fair and affordable housing in Franklin, TN. She implemented the first program in Williamson County for chronically homeless families.

In her calling to ministry in 2010, her passion has been to serve God through winning souls for Christ. She served as an Associate Minister at Fountain Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Culleoka, TN and Rockvale Independent Church of God in Rockvale TN. She served as the Assistant Youth Minister with Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Goodsprings, TN. She served as an Associate Minister at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Chapel Hill, TN, where she was ordained September 23rd, 2014. She is currently serving in Cedar Grove Church in College Grove, TN, under Pastor Elliot Webb. She plans to continue her theological training in 2018.

Currently, Minister Burns resides in Franklin. She is the mother of three – Randy, Daniel, and Carlesia and is the grandmother of one, Madysen.

John 14:14 “You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV)

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