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Otis Moss III

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, Ill., 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.

As part of his community engagement, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum which includes the viral video Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival, created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Mo., police.

Dr. Moss is an honors graduate of Morehouse College. He earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. He was named to the inaugural Root 100, a list that “recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions.”

His intergenerational preaching gift has made Dr. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences, and churches across the globe. He is highly influenced by the works of Zora Neale Hurston, August Wilson, Howard Thurman, Jazz, and Hip- Hop music. The work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the pastoral ministry of his father, Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation.

The founder of Unashamed Media Group, a justice centered faith-based agency committed to producing and curating stories to inspire the heart and challenge the mind, Dr. Moss won a 2016 NAACP Image award for his work, which includes providing biblical context and theological support to a myriad of groups and causes, including the #BlackLivesMatter and the #Occupy movements.

His sermons, articles, and poetry have appeared in publications such as Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal. His work has also been featured on HuffingtonPost, Urban Cusp, and The Root.

He is married to his college sweetheart, the former Monica Brown of Orlando, Fla., a Spelman College and Columbia University graduate. They are the proud parents of two creative and humorous children, Elijah Wynton and Makayla Elon.

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