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The Faces of Our Organization

Since our founding in 2000, Mending Vessels Ministry has developed and grown in a positive direction. We’re very proud of the diversity of our staff, and their abilities to contribute their own unique experience and skills to our success. Find out more about some of our team members below.


Reverend Dr. DeBorah Luckett Day


Dr. DeBorah Luckett Day is Founder and President of Mending Vessels Ministry, Inc.  She is an ordained Baptist Minister, Associate Minister at St. John Baptist Church (Vance), Former Chaplain for Marketplace Chaplains (Railroad Chaplains of America).  Commander, U.S. Navy (Retired).

Her education includes a B.S. in Biology from Tougaloo College - M.S. in Education, Administration and Supervision from Memphis State University, TN - M.S. in Management from Troy State University, Alabama - Master of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity in Faith and Health from Memphis Theological Seminary. 

Awarded Who's Who Among Colleges and Universities - Outstanding African American Alumnae Logan Stark's Award- ABWA Woman of the Year -12 Outstanding Women in Ministry 

Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, ABWA, American Legion

Life Member of NAACP, MOAA, ASALH

She is married to Deacon Lindsey O. Day. She has one daughter, Kim and three adorable grands: DeBorah Cristine, Emmanuel Xavier, and Gabrielle Eloise.  Two fur babies: Checkers and Roxie

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Michelle Curtis

Administrative Assistant

Lydia Michelle Curtis is a graduate student at the University of Memphis. Her concentration is  a Master's in Leadership and Curriculum. She also works at Youth Villages, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families.  Lydia is ambitious and driven. She thrives on challenges.  She is active in the community and volunteers on a as needed basis.


Bonita Livingston


Rev. Dr. Benita Livingston is an ordained minister and pastor of the Galilee African Methodist Episcopal Church.  She has over 25 years of experience in ministry.  She completed her B.S. in Communication from Arkansas State University, worked in various Radio and TV Stations in Arkansas and Tennessee.  She received her Masters of Divinity, Cum Laude, from Memphis Theological Seminary where she also received the Alston Award for most outstanding African-American female student.  She  also received her Doctor of Ministry in Faith & Health from Memphis Theological Seminary.

She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at the Memphis VA Medical Center where she received the Patterson Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care.  She has also worked as an On-Call Chaplain at Regional One Medical Center (The Med) a Level 1 Trauma Center.  She is currently employed as a Chaplain at the Memphis VA Medical Center

Along with her responsibilities at the VA Medical Center she is also a Certified Healing Touch Spiritual Ministry Practitioner and a PAIRS Instructor she works with veteran couples on communication and listening skills to enhance their marriage

She is a Board Certified Chaplain through the National Association of Veteran Affairs Chaplains, and a member of the A.M.E Henry McNeal Turner Chaplains Association where she serves as Secretary. 

She feels her mission is to bring healing and wholeness to others through the Word of God, prayer, pastoral counseling, and other complementary therapies.

She is the mother of three children; Aisha, (Andre) Fayne, Nonjala Brister and Justin Gladney and the proud grandmother of Charlie London and Sloane Embry Fayne.


Lou Etta Burkins

Board Member

Rev. LouEtta Burkins is a licensed, ordained minister in the Baptist church.  She is an engineer by training and a project manager by heart. She serves as an associate Pastor at New Sardis Baptist Church and a Project Engineer at FedEx.  She passionate about women, children and family. She is an avid traveler and foodie. Her "why in life" is to leave a legacy of empowering others,  continuous change and mentoring. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-7.


Mary Ann Corpal-Clay

Board Member

Mary Ann Corpal-Clay

Born in Nashville- Raised in Memphis, TN. The mother of two adult sons and one grand-daughter. She is a 

Member/Trustee of  St. John Baptist Church (640 Vance Ave).  She is a member of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society

-Friends of the Library-Bookworms Inc Book Club - TSU Alumni - Booker T. Washington High School Alumni

and  ATT/BellSouth Retirees

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Dorothy Smith


Keeper of Finances, conducts financail management seminars.

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