The Faith in Place Action Fund is governed by leaders who are committed to advocating for clean air, uncontaminated water, healthy ecosystems, and flourishing communities for all.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Board Chair
With civil rights advocacy in his DNA, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III built his ministry on community advancement and social justice activism. As Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, Dr. Moss spent the last two decades practicing and preaching a Black theology that unapologetically calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice, and economic inequality. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College who earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. Dr. Moss is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Parrett, a member of Advocate United Church of Christ, has been blending her faith based principles and clinical expertise for over 30 years. She is a founding member of the Historic Pullman Beekeepers Association and partners with the University of Illinois as a Master Gardener and the Chicago Conservation Corps (3C). She has degrees from Malcolm X College, Chicago State University, and Chicago Theological Seminary, as well as numerous training certificates. She seeks unique and innovative opportunities to enhance, facilitate, and maximize potential growth, health and wellness within/between individuals and groups while providing purposeful professional and personal engagement. Her ordination and standing are through the United Church of Christ.
Rev. Scott Onque’, Board Member
Pastor Onque’ currently serves as Pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, a 98 year old historic church on the south side of Chicago. He has served in this capacity for 12 years. Under his leadership the church has grown tremendously both spiritual and numerically. Pastor Onque’ has a passion for teaching and preaching the Word of God. Pastor Onque’ is very civically and socially conscious. He serves on several community boards and commissions and realizes that volunteering his time in community efforts is an integral part of his ministry. He is currently the President of the Congress of Christian Education Department of the Salem Baptist District Association of Chicago and Vicinity. He currently serves as the Treasurer of Baptist General State Convention of Illinois. Pastor Onque’ also serves as a commissioner for African American Families Commission for the State of Illinois.
Rev. David Bernard Thornton, Board Member
The Reverend Dr. David B. Thornton commenced serving as installed pastor of the Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church of Chicago on November 1, 2014. He currently serves as the chair of the of the Committee on Nominations. He served as a commissioner to the 222nd PCUSA General Assembly held in Portland, Oregon in June 2016.
He is the eldest of four sons born to the late King David Thornton, Jr. and Mrs. Eva Thornton. Being the son of an armed serviceman, he grew up at various military bases, but spent most of his growing up years in Columbus, Georgia, where he graduated from Spencer High in 1976. He is a 1980 Cum Laude graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga, where he received his B.A. degree in English. He later completed his Masters of Divinity degree at The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 1991, where he completed all of the requirements to become a Minister of Word and Sacrament for the Presbyterian Church, USA. He acquired his Doctorate in Ministry degree in May 2005 from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, NJ, where his focus was faith-based congregational organizing in an urban ministry. Prior to coming to Illinois, Dr. Thornton pastored the Grace Memorial Presbyterian Church and also served as a Chaplain Resident for the Veterans Medical Center, both in Pittsburgh, PA. He is married to the former Annie Rush. They are parents to David, II and an adult son Kelvin Rush, who lives in South Carolina with his wife, Ruthie, and their two sons, Adriel and Jaedon.
Rev. Brian Sauder is President and Executive Director of Faith in Place. His passion for environmental justice motivates his work fundraising to grow the vision of Faith in Place. Rev. Sauder received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, M.A. in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park.