|First Lady and Director of Assimilation and Shepherding, Elder J. Tomma Battle|
J. Tomma Battle is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. She worked in Human Resources in both administration and management for 10 years and is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She is completing a Bachelors in Religious Education. She was licensed into the preaching ministry in 1997. She was ordained at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN on December 22, 2013. She serves as Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Board for the Knox County Department of Children’s Services. She is also a member of the Vine Middle community school Steering Committee. She serves on the Parent Board of Trustees of Project Grad. She serves on the Foster Care Advisory Board with the Juvenile Court. She was appointed to the Family Resource Center Advisory Council of Knox County Schools. She was recently inducted into the National Coalition of 100 Black Women of Knoxville. She is the Financial Secretary of the Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance. She is a 2015 Graduate of the CAC Community Leadership Class.
She served as Youth Director for the Knoxville District Baptist Association. She has served as the President of the Knoxville Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows Alliance and the Tennessee Minister’s Wives and Widows Alliance. She worked on the Steering Committee with Gov. Haslam's wife, Crissy Haslam, to launch an initiative called First Ladies for Healthy Babies.
Elder Battle uses her talents as a musician, psalmist, minister and worship leader to inspire others to seek the love of God and receive His manifold blessings. As a 2006 recipient of the Sigma Gamma Rho Unsung Heroine Award, Elder Battle’s affection for children is well-known and demonstrated through her involvement with youth wherever and whenever possible. She is committed to empowering women to live, love and lead like Christ.
She is the Executive Director of Keep It Real Ministries which is launching a program called Next Phaze Single Parent Support. The program supports single moms by housing them and providing 24 hour support and services that allow them to complete an Associates degree or technical training.
She and her husband, Pastor Christopher R. Battle, Sr. are the parents of 13 children. Since the death of her sister, they are also parenting a niece and nephew for a grand total of 15. The Battles were 2006 Recipients of the Council of Christian Communions Faith in Action Award and have received numerous awards for their foster and adoptive parenting. Their family motto is, “Some by birth, some by marriage, some by choice, and all in love!”