The Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will be the preacher for Week Eight. He will preach at the worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater and speak about his faith journey at the 5 p.m. Vesper Service in the Hall of Philosophy. He also will preach at the 9:15 a.m. worship services Monday through Friday in the Amphitheater.
According to his biography, Moss received his bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy from Morehouse College and graduated with a master’s degree of divinity from Yale University with a concentration in ethics and theology. He has been adjunct professor of Voorhees College, and has served as a guest lecturer for the Interdenominational Theological Center, Emory University, Presbyterian College, Paine College, Dillard University, Howard University, Yale University, Harvard University and Morehouse College.
He has preached at Chautauqua on numerous occasions and has also shared Chautauqua’s pulpit with his father, the Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. Prior to joining the pastoral staff at Trinity United Church of Christ, Moss served as pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., whose membership grew from 125 to more than 2,100 members under his leadership.
Engaging in continuing ministry to youth and young adults, Moss also pursues a love for African-American American homiletics and church history. He has done extensive research in the areas of African-American culture, theology and youth development. He is the author of Redemption in a Red Light District, and his essays, articles and poetry have appeared in Sojourners agazine, the Urban Spectrum and The African American Pulpit journal, which, along with BeliefNet, named Moss as one of the “20 to Watch” ministers who will shape the future of the African American Church. His passion for youth and intergenerational ministry has led him to create the Issachar Movement, a consulting group designed to bridge the generation gap within churches and to train a new generation of prophetic church leadership.