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. 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.
Rev. Booker Steven Vance, Staff
Rev. Booker Steven Vance is the Policy Director of Faith in Place. Pastor Vance seeks to communicate a vision for environmental justice for all communities by affecting change at the policy level. Originally from Houston, Texas, he attend Bethany Lutheran College in Lindsborg, Kansas and graduated in 1980 with a BA in Business Economics. He received his Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1986 and served as Pastor of St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on the Southside of Chicago for over 27 years.