Rueben Y. Dockery, Sr., is a thirty-five-year resident of Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee. He has been happily married for twenty-seven years. Together he and his wife have two adult children, a daughter, and a son. Their children are shining products of the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System as well as the private school community of Nashville.  


  • Ph.D.- K-12 Educational Leadership

(Walden University)

  • Master of Education, Leadership/Supervision

(Trevecca Nazarene University)

  • Bachelor of Arts - History

(Fisk University)

  • Associates of Divinity Studies

(National College)


For the last twenty–six years Rueben Dockery has been a pastor (Beythel Family Church and previously at Mount Sinai Cumberland Presbyterian Church).  He is the founder of BUILDING FAMILIES & COMMUNITIES (BFC) MISSIONS INCORPORATED, a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization. DOCKERY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, private Christian school and THE DOCKERY AGENCY, LLC, an independent insurance agency.  Over the years he has served in various capacities:

  1. Special Education teacher in the Metropolitan Nashville Public School System,

  2. Treatment Counselor in a dual diagnosis psychiatric center (First Hospital Corporation),

  3. Institutional Designee at a youth detention center (Tennessee Department of Children Services),

  4.  Producer and radio talk show host (1470AM WVOL), resident panel member of a local radio talk show (“Straight Talk” – 760AM) for ten years

  5. Executive Producer of a cable television show (The Building Family & Community Show, cable channel 19 NECAT).


  • 2019 Candidate, Metropolitan Council At-Large

  • 2018 Candidate, Tennessee Senate District 19 General Election

  • Appointed Member of an Educational Task Force, 2008 (by the Honorable, Mayor Karl F. Dean)

  • Educational Reform Advocate (Author of a Charter School Application in 2003)

  • Identified service provider with the Davidson County Juvenile Court and “211” of Nashville

  • Boy Scouts of America-Middle Tennessee Council (former Executive Representative/former assistant Pack Leader, 231)