Elder Calandra Sumpter, a native of Kansas City, MO and graduate of Southwest High School has been professing Jesus Christ as Savior since an early age. Growing up in church Elder Sumpter was seen exhorting the Lord and impacting lives through song. Proven to be a faithful steward, the Lord entrusted her with a greater anointing. Humbled by the gifts that were being poured into her, she acknowledged the tug of the Holy Spirit and accepted her call into ministry in October 1999. She has since been ministering the Word of God with conviction.
A member of Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Apostle Larry B. Aiken and Pastor Olivia C. Q. Aiken, Elder Sumpter’s dedication to the ministry is evident. She works diligently with the altar ministry, and sings with the Vision of Praise Choir and Praise Team.
In 2010, following a God given vision, Elder Sumpter embarked on a journey to birth her most recent accomplishment, “Safe In His Arms” a 501c3 non-profit organization. This prevention abuse organization is uniquely targeted to reach young girls ages workshops 12-17 and young women ages 18-25. As a survivor of domestic abuse, Elder Sumpter understands that complete and total healing can only take place through the working of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, she aspired to create a program that specialized in reaching hearts. Through various workshops, conferences and social engagements, “Safe In His Arms” has helped countless young girls and women not only identify even the most subtle signs of emotional, verbal and physical abuse, but has educated them on ways to escape and overcome their troubled circumstances.
Additionally, she is the owner of D’Vine Connections Hair Salon, an atmosphere where both natural and spiritual beauty is cultivated. As the wife of Deacon James Sumpter and mother of four; David, Sadi, Chris and Alleyia and grandmother of one Journee’. Elder Sumpter is an exemplary model of the Proverbs 31 woman, successfully balancing life as an entrepreneur, wife, mother and ministry leader.
She has an Associate Degree in Psychology-Christian Counseling, whereby she plans to use this degree to further educate and minister to young ladies in all areas and walks of life. Elder Sumpter’s authentic anointing stretches to reach hurting women and youth. Understanding that where you are is not who you are, she declares “I’ve learned how to be content in whatever state I’m in” Phil 4:11-13. Her heart beats for the ways of God and she is on a mission to empower the people of God!