Otis Moss III, 1995 M.Div.

2011Distinction in Congregational Ministry

Otis Moss III is pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, the largest congregation in the UCC. Prior to joining Trinity, which describes itself as “unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian,” he served as pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA., where, under his leadership, the congregation grew from under 200 to over 2,100 members. He has been praised for his passion for youth and intergenerational ministry, which led to his creation of a consulting group, Issachar Movement, that works to bridge the generation gap within churches and to train a new generation of prophetic church leadership. Moss has spoken and preached around the globe, and Newsweek magazine singled him out as one of God’s leading “foot soldiers.” He has also been highly praised for his strong leadership of Trinity following the controversy surrounding then-presidential candidate Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright, Moss’s predecessor in the Trinity pulpit.