Rev. Dr. Otis Moss is the pastor of the TUCC in Chicago. He is one of the best and the most spoken about a pastor in the whole of USA. He mostly speaks about the black, and his speeches have inspired thousands of black youth in the country.
He has been an influence in many people lives, and his books have made an enormous impact all over the world.
Here is all you should know about him.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss-Early Life
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III was born in 1970 to Otis Moss Jr. who was one of the most influential pastors of his time. He grew up in Cleveland and initially wanted to become a filmmaker.
However, he changed his major in the senior year and graduated in religion and philosophy instead. He got his master’s degree from the Yale University in ethics and theology and was especially interested in black theology.
He became a Baptist minister in 1995 and was ordained by his father.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss-Work
After being baptized, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III first became the pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church. With his great work, he increased the number of members of the church from 125 to 2,100. He published his book of a sermon called the Redemption in a Red Light District- Message of Hope, Healing, and Empowerment in 2000 and received the prize for extraordinary community service in 2002.
In 2006 he moved to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago as the assistant to Jeremiah Wright. He became the main pastor of the church in 2009. He is also a member of the Christian Century since 2008.
There is not much known about his private life. However, he is married to his childhood sweetheart and has two beautiful children.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss- Messages
Some of the most famous quotes by Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III are as follows:
- Not voting is one of the worst things that could happen in our community. You can vote for whoever you want to, but choose not to vote spits in the face of our ancestors who fought for our right to vote.
- Ever since the civil rights movement, the black church has always encouraged the people to utilize their voting rights, which is a right that was fought for.
- Being outraged about two men or two women, it requires absolutely no work on the ground. So you can be outraged, and you can be an armchair activist, engage in nothing and just simply get on the microphone and say, “I don’t believe in X, Y, and Z and it’s terrible,” and you can call them names.
- I would rather fail to do God’s work than having a pseudo-victory being co-opted by someone else.
- We live our faith; we don’t legislate our faith.
- There’s some homophobia within the black community, but there’s some strong homophobia throughout the whole of American society as well, particularly throughout the South to a degree, whether white or black. And since many of us migrated from the South, that could be a strong connection along those lines.