Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Theologian, pastor, and civic leader, Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. is one of America’s most influential religious leaders and highly sought-after public speakers. A native of Georgia, Moss was born and raised in the community of LaGrange. The son of Magnolia Moss and Otis Moss, Sr., and the fourth of their five children, he earned his B.A. degree from Morehouse College, his Master of Divinity Degree from the Morehouse School of Religion/Interdenominational Theological Center. He also completed special studies at the Inter-Denominational Theological Center and earned his D.Min. degree from United Theological Seminary.
Moss served as pastor of the Mount Olive Baptist Church in LaGrange GA, Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta GA, and Mount Zion Baptist Church in Lockland OH. In 1971, he served as co-pastor with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr., at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. In 1975,he was called to pastor Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland OH, where he continues today.
Dr. Moss has been involved in advocating civil and human rights and social justice issues for most of his adult life. Having been a staff member of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he currently serves as a national board member and trustee for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change. His work in the international community has taken him to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan as a member of a clergy mission in1970, and to Israel in 1978. In 1994, he was the special guest of President Bill Clinton at the peace treaty signing between Israel and Jordan, and in that same year, he led a special mission to South Africa.
Moss is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including Human Relations Award from Bethune Cookman College in 1976, The Role Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Development in 1992, Leadership Award from the Cleveland chapter of the American Jewish Committee in 1996, and an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from LaGrange College in 2004. In 2004, he participated in the Oxford Round Table in Oxford England, and was a guest presenter for the Lyman Beecher Lecture series at Yale University.