Meet Our Pastoral Family

Rev. Francis D. Hennessy, III



Presenting Judy and De Hennessy,
Our Pastoral Family
Judy and De Hennessy were born in Akron, Ohio and have been married for over forty three years. They have one daughter, Amber Schmuhl; a son-in-law, Aaron; three granddaughters, Isabella-10, Chloe-8, and Alice-4; and Judy’s father, Don Cullison, who is a resident of Broadmore Assisted Living in Murfreesboro. As of June, 28, 2016, Judy and De were honored to join with the LaVergne First United Methodist Church family.
God has allowed Judy and De to experience many and differing life situations to prepare them as a couple, parents, and for service in God’s Kingdom. These varying experiences and environments have included:
Judy graduated from the University of Akron with a B.S. in Education, and attended graduate classes at Mankato State University in multi-cultural education. After a career as a general manager and corporate training director in the restaurant industry, Judy found her niche as a director for Sylvan Learning Centers, and she has been the Center Director at the Sylvan of Murfreesboro for over 20 years.
De was raised in the Funeral Home business, worked as an unskilled laborer in masonry and concrete, was a wheel/track mechanic in the U.S. Army, and two and a half years as an inmate at the Milan Federal Prison, in Milan, Michigan. For over two decades he worked in  middle and upper management in restaurant and retail, for several years as a department lead on a factory line during his seminary, raised a family, and answered God’s call to full-time pastoral ministry at the age of forty-five.
In 1996 De received his first appointment as a Local Pastor in The United Methodist Church; and in 2002 graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Religious Studies and Sociology. In 2008 he graduated with honors from Asbury Theological Seminary earning a Master’s in Divinity; and is ordained as an Elder in full connection in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church.