Dr. Sandra Mitchell Tunstill
Trinity’s First Lady
A native of Chicago, IL, Dr. Sandra Mitchell-Tunstill is the spouse of Reverend Alvin Tunstill, Jr., the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church.
While she grew up active in the church, it wasn’t until she was nineteen years old that she developed a relationship with the Lord. The financial challenges that she faced as a young college student forced her to turn to him. Her favorite scripture became, “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ears, but now mine eyes seethe thee (Job 42:5).”
The Tunstill’s arrived in Los Angeles in April of 1996 when Pastor Tunstill was called to be the 9th Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church. Having received her bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University in Chicago and her master’s degree from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, Sandra became a committed teacher of children with special needs.
After settling in Los Angeles, Sandra, began to see the need for educators, who could instruct teacher-interns, that were attempting to acquire their special education teaching credential. She decided to expand her education in order to teach other educators. She proceeded to attain her Doctorate degree, from Pepperdine University, in the area of Educational Leadership Administration and Policy in 2006. She taught both secondary students with disabilities and teacher-interns for six consecutive years.
Currently, she is a transition teacher or an academic/ vocational counselor for over 200 students with special needs at a local high school and the surrounding continuation schools.
Sandra is the proud mother of three young adult sons, and the grandmother of two grandsons. Alvin, III is an Emergency Medical Technician in the Los Angeles area. Michael, who graduated from Sacramento State University, is pursuing his master’s degree in Theater Arts at New York University. Then, Lloyd, who recently graduated from Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas, is employed by TD Ameritrade and manages his own real-estate investment corporation. Her grandsons Elijah and Noah are three years old and ten months old respectively.
Sandra is very supportive of her husband’s ministry. She feels that her greatest ministry gift is her ability to genuinely love everyone in the Trinity Baptist Church Family. She hopes that they feel as much love from her as she feels from them. Then, she really appreciates the times that different groups have visited her in her home. This, according to her, has enabled her to get to know them in a much more intimate way. While she has been a member of Trinity Baptist for over twenty years now, she is looking, with anticipation, for more ministry opportunities to serve congregants in all age groups.