Sr. Pastor Tembila Covington

Ministers' Conference of Winston-Salem and Vicinity,  President

Pastor Tembila Covington earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy from Shaw University and a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education from NC A&T State University. She is a certified Christian Life Coach, Pastoral Care counselor.

Elder Covington is the founder and Senior Pastor of Crossing Red Sea Ministries in Rockingham, NC since 2008. The church mission is to earnestly seek and promote the unity of God’s people, Godly love, Respect and Faithful Cooperation.

Born in California and raised in Burkina Faso (West Africa). In Nov. 2007, she was ordained Minister, and in Mar. 2010 she was ordained Elder. Food security is an important part of her outreach ministry. For this reason, Ram In the Bush Food Pantry was birthed in Spring of 2008. In the summer of 2015, she initiated an annual summer youth book club exposing them to many African American authors.

Elder Covington is employed at the NC Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center as the Urban Agriculture Program Assistant. The Program teaches limited resource adults both agricultural and entrepreneurial skills that allow them to grow produce, harvest and sell their own produce. The project was developed in partnership with the Ministers' Conference of Winston Salem & Vicinity (MCWSV) and the City of Winston-Salem. Currently, serving as 1st vice president of the MCWSV, she has been very active and instrumental in restorative social justice and food justice. She continues to organize and build relationships with the community both with the MCWSV and as a FaithHealth Connector through Wake Forest Baptist Health Center.

She serves as a board member with:
H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem (Helping Our People Eat)
Urban Food Policy Council (City of WS)
Smart Start of Forsyth County (NC)

She is a Corporate Volunteer with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Bookworms Program, where she reads to elementary students at Ashley Elementary School. She was employed for 22 years as store manager for Walmart Stores, Inc. and the proud mother of one daughter, Shani Paige Nicholson. Pastor Tembila Covington is a servant leader dedicated to the cause of serving in the body of Christ to all people.