Elect Lady Jacqueline Cordery


First Lady Jacqueline Cordery, affectionately called “Nana” by the children, is a native of Columbia, TN. She was born to John Kersey and Paulette Jones on January 10, 1962. She is the eldest child of 3 siblings. 

In her youth she taught children’s Sunday school at the Original Church of God as well as ushered and sang in the choir. She has been blessed with the gift of working with the youth. As a teen Lady Cordery received the gift of the Holy Ghost while traveling to Glasgow KY and the greater Kentucky area with her grandfather. After completing her secondary education at Central High School, where she was the mascot, Lady Cordery went on to receive her Associates degree in Communications from Jefferson Community College in Louisville KY.

A young Jacqueline Cordery met her husband to be, Deacon Isham Cordery, while she was participating in the Rev. James Cleveland workshop where he was a chapter representative. She recalls the young man as being “arrogant” after first impression. The two eventually fell in love and later married in 1983. The following year the Lord blessed them with a beautiful baby girl, Stephanie.

For 29 years this spiritual woman of God has labored in the Lord’s vineyard as First Lady.  She wears many hats at Grace Temple as she teaches children’s Sabbath School, has been the President of the Sisterhood for 9 years, serves as a Trustee and lends her beautiful voice to the choir. She has been blessed to develop close friendships and be mentored by Elect Lady Wanda Best, Elect Lady Marilyn Carter and Pastor Joann Sumrall to help her along the way on her journey.

Lady Cordery is faithful to the Grace Temple ministry. You may hear her reciting any one of her favorite quotes which are “You can’t press rewind” and “It is what it is”. If you have ever had the privilege of being around Lady Cordery then you will also know that she is “fashionista” and loves to dress and create her own style. 

This wife, mother, preacher, teacher, friend and most of all child of God has blessed Grace Temple Church and the body of Christ as a whole with her service of love. She is indeed an example of what a Holy woman should look like and is worthy of honor.