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70th Annual Meetinig of the Virginia Counicl of Churches

Jon Barton - Thursday, October 09, 2014

70th Annual Meeting of the
Virginia Council of Churches

November 6, 2014
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Faith Community Baptist Church 
1903 Cool Lane
Richmond, VA 23223

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 Speaker Profile: Otis Moss III

"Many times God will bring out new colors when we experience the blues of a storm - we must allow, the tears of God to beat across the canvas of our soul and God will paint a new picture in our spirit.” – Otis Moss III

Dr. Otis Moss III is part of a new generation of ministers committed to preaching prophetically that the message of love and justice are inseparable companions, forming the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a unique gift to communicate across generations.  His creative bible-based messages have inspired young and old alike.  His intergenerational preaching gift has made Rev. Moss a popular speaker on college campuses, at conferences and churches across the globe.  Dr. Moss is a native of Cleveland, OH, an honors graduate of Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School, and he has earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Dr. Moss 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, OH, have been primary mentors for his spiritual formation. He is the former pastor of the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, GA., his first pastorate, where the church grew from 125 members to over 2100 disciples during his tenure.  Rev. Moss is currently Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL.

Dr. Moss is an accomplished author.  He published his first book, Redemption in a Red Light District in 1999 and co-authored The Gospel Re-Mix; How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation in 2006.  His sermons articles and poetry have appeared in publications such as Power in the Pulpit II: America’s Most Effective Preachers, Joy to the World: Sermons from America’s Pulpit, Sound the Trumpet: Messages of Hope for Black Men, The Audacity of Faith: Christian Leaders Reflect on the Election of Barack Obama, Sojourners Magazine and The African American Pulpit Journal.  His most recent publication, Preach! The Power and Purpose behind Our Praise, co-authored with his father, The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.; this first ever father and son compilation of sermons innovatively includes Quick Response (QR) codes that allow the reader to listen to the actual sermon.
He is an ordained minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and the United Church of Christ, carrying dual standing in both denominations.  He is a life member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, board member of the Christian Century Magazine, Chaplain of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.

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

Annual Meeting Schedule

He will be the guest preaching on 11/06/2014 Faith Community Baptist Church.

We are truly blessed to welcome Dr. Moss here for the 70th Annual Meeting of the Virginia Council of Churches. His wealth of knowledge and experience will surely provide much to learn.


Our Host Congregation
Faith Community Baptist Church
1903 Cool Lane
Richmond, VA 23223

We are a people called Faith Community.  Our Mission is to seek out, witness to, and disciple the unsaved and the unchurched in the inner city, especially the communities of Fairfield, Whitcomb and Creighton Courts in the East End of the city of Richmond.  

We believe that God wants to use us to raise up in the heart of this community a "faith community" who will be committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and dedicated to the building of a community that will model the gospel message of Jesus Christ through love for God, self and others.

The Reverend Dr. Patricia A. Gould-Champ has served faithfully as the Pastor and Founding Visionary of Faith Community Baptist Church for the past fifteen years. She is a very unique woman who balances her many roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, cousin, professor, and friend. She is a well-prepared servant who is respected throughout this country. She holds an earned doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and received her Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Her senior sermon, entitled "An Unfinished Agenda," is published in Ella Mitchell's book, Those Preaching Women, Volume II. She has served as an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University for nineteen years where she has been honored twice as Professor of the Year.
Dr. Gould-Champ's many notable accomplishments include being elected the 35th and first female president of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (July 2, 2003) at the 104th Annual Session of the Convention.. She is a former Moderator of the Shiloh Baptist Association of Virginia; YWCA Woman of the Year in the area of Religion, designated as a Vir-ginia Hero, and she was selected to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors Conference in New Orleans for her outstanding work in the area of HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. Recently she was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual African American Conference on Alzheimer/Dementia. Both Dementia and Breast Cancer have become new areas of ministry for her throughout the State of Virginia.

Through her dedicated leadership, Faith Community Baptist Church has completed the construction of Phase One of a three-phase new ministry facility, restructured the daily administration of the church, hired a Church Administrator, and launched a three-year Debt Reduction Campaign to retire the mortgage. Dr. Gould-Champ continues to work with the R.I.S.E. Women's Empowerment Group, a 24-week empowerment group for women in Fairfield, Whitcomb, and Creighton Courts. Her work in HIV/AIDS Prevention Education continues to be funded by the Virginia Department of Health and allows Faith Community Baptist Church to minister to partner churches, the Richmond City Jail, the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center, the Central Virginia Correctional Center for Women, the Chesterfield Probation Office, the Henrico Probation Office, and the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing communities of Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton, Mosby, and Gilpin Courts.

Dr. Gould-Champ has modeled what it means to "walk by faith" and has stood firm on her belief that "without faith it is impossible to please God." Dr. Gould-Champ continues to walk by faith in spite of the adversities that she faces. She is blessed with a very supportive family. She is the wife of James Champ, III, president of Coordinated Insurance Services, who is her partner in life and ministry. She is the very proud mother of soon-to-be twenty-one year old (April 22) Pamela Ann Champ, a junior honor student at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia who has developed into a "strong, gifted, and beautiful young woman."
The members of FAITH are extremely proud of our pastor is and how she has led us over these fifteen years. We are not ashamed to lavish her with love and appreciation and we pray constantly and fer-vently for her continued health and strength.

Panel Discussion Featuring 

 Dr. Jonathan Stubbs – Professor of Law at University of Richmond,
 author on race and civil rights, teaches courses in constitutional law,  human rights law, race, religion & beyond

Rev. Dr. Penni Sweetenberg Lee – Former Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Virginia Union University, Founder of nonprofit Triple P Enterprises, and nationally recognized in the field of diversity 

  Dr. Mark Wood – Director of the School of World Studies
  at Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing on the intersection of religion,      ethics, social justice, and sustainability

Father Nicholas Bacalis – Cathedral Dean of Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In additional to his parish responsibilities, he serves as Regional Vicar for southern Virginia on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of the Metropolis of New Jersey. He is a member of the Coordinating Cabinet of the Virginia Council of Churches and of its Faith and Order Commission. He is part of the Chaplaincy Staff at the University of Richmond as Spiritual Advisor to the Orthodox students. 

Mama J’s to cater the 70th Meeting of the Virginia Council of Churches

About Mama J the Person

One of fourteen children of Willard and Alease Roland, Mama J was born and raised right here in Richmond, VA. As part of a family that large, along with her sisters and brothers, they took on a lot of responsibility around the house. One of those responsibilities was helping their mother in the kitchen. This is where she learned many of the recipes that are now served in Mama J’s.

About Mama J’s the Restaurant

Mama J’s is a neighborhood restaurant based on the family tradition of going to grandma’s for Sunday dinner. Our goal is to combine great southern food with outstanding service in a relaxing atmosphere. 
We prepare our food fresh daily on site, everything from Pan Fried Catfish to Candied Yams & Macaroni & Cheese to Homemade Cakes & Cobblers. The Mama J’s experience is designed to take you back to a simpler time where family gatherings were commonplace and everyone looked forward to them because of the food and fellowship. Come experience it for yourself and let us know what you think. 

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