Originally created 12/31/06

Former Augustan successful in Chicago



The Rev. Otis B. Moss III told his Tabernacle Baptist Church congregation in February that he was leaving after leading the flock for almost a decade.

Since May, the Rev. Moss says he has enjoyed charting new waters in Chicago as an assistant pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. There, he said, he finds himself in an administrative role - becoming more familiar with the church's seven corporations while getting acquainted with its almost 10,000 parishioners.

Meanwhile, the Morehouse College graduate keeps busy studying for his doctorate at the Chicago Theological Seminary.

On Jan. 15, he'll witness the release of a book, The Gospel Remix. It will be sold nationwide, he said. His thoughts also are featured in the book Joy to the World: Inspirational Messages from America's Preachers. Other ministers featured in this collection include the Rev. Billy Graham, Gardner C. Taylor and Paula White, he said.

Another one of the Rev. Moss' books is Theology of a Thug.

"This book is for males between ages 12 to 15," he said. "It's a collection of essays and sermons from America's new generation of preachers, including my friend, Dr. Lester McCorn," he said.

Dr. McCorn was the featured speaker at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Dec. 10.

In January, the Rev. Moss said he'll resume taping new episodes for the nationally syndicated TV show of country singer Naomi Judd.

The Naomi Judd Show airs Sunday mornings on the Hallmark Channel.

He also said he's is host of a series of "new generation" conferences for young ministers of the hip-hop generation.

"These are for young ministers who are interested in social-justice preaching - ones who are committed to the prophetic teachings in the tradition of Dr. (Martin Luther) King and Malcom X," he said.

His son, Elijah, 6, is in kindergarten and daughter, Makayla, 3, is in pre-K.

His wife, Monica Brown Moss, is serving as a curriculum consultant for a suburban Chicago school district.