The Rev. Otis Moss III
Rev. MossThe Yale-educated minister’s style of preaching and his dedication to changing the lives of youth is causing quite a buzz among the ministerial set. Newsweek magazine dubbed the minister “one of God’s foot soldiers.” Moss serves as pastor of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. In 2005, the magazine The African American Pulpit named him one of the "Twenty to Watch" ministers under forty. Moss recently announced that he will leave Tabernacle in May 2006 to become an associate pastor at Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, under the leadership of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Website: Tabernacle Baptist Church

Imam Warith Deen Muhammad
MuhammadThe son of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad’s religious journey to a more orthodox form of Islam helped shape the nation’s modern religious landscape and altered how millions of African Americans practice Islam. Though he announced his retirement as head of the Chicago-based American Society of Muslims in 2003, he remains the group’s spiritual leader.
Article: The Most Important Muslim You've Never Heard of
Article: A Tribute to W.D. Muhammad
Article: An Imam Speaks out on the Impact of Muhammad's Resignation

Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson
PattersonFor the past five years, Bishop G. E. Patterson has managed to balance his duties as presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, popular televangelist, and pastor of the Memphis-based Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ. In his television and radio broadcasts as well as in regular sermons, he urges people to “be healed, be delivered, and be set free.”
Website: Temple of Deliverence C. O. G. I. C.

The Rev. Eugene Rivers
Rev. RiversThe Rev. Eugene Rivers restored a former crack house in Boston to its Victorian-era glory and opened its doors wide to the city’s troubled youth. His blend of boot-strapping preaching meets street-savvy-sermonizing has helped him connect not only with young people, but also with the White House. He is co-chairman of the National Ten Point Leadership, which helps churches fight gang violence, and is a strong supporter of faith-based initiatives.
Interview: The Race Card
Website: National Ten Point Leadership

Rev. Run
Rev. RunThe Rev. Joseph “Run” Simmons is the Run half of Run-DMC rap fame, as well as the younger brother of hip-hip mogul Russell Simmons. This rapper-turned-Pentecostal preacher has penned a memoir and is often mentioned by the hip-hop glitterati as a go-to person for spiritual guidance.
Article: Walking With Fame and God
Excerpt: Run's Rules: How to Keep Your Life on the Right Track
Website: Rev. Run

The Rev. Al Sharpton
Al SharptonWhether he’s raising awareness of racial and social injustice or running for the Democratic presidential nomination, the Rev. Al Sharpton is one of the nation’s most complex and controversial African-American leaders. Known in his youth as a preaching prodigy with a flair for showmanship, Sharpton is now taken seriously as an influential community and political leader. His high-profile efforts include protesting U.S. naval bombing exercises on Vieques, P.R., calling for nonviolent protest in the wake of the Amadou Diallo shooting, and joining forces with PETA to boycott Kentucky Fried Chicken.

The Rev. William J. Shaw
Rev. ShawAs president of the problem-plagued National Baptist Convention, the Rev. William Shaw has his work cut out for him. However, he is determined to change the organization’s image in the wake of the late 1990s embezzlement scandal of its former president. If his own 43-year history as pastor of White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia is any indication, the forecast looks promising. He even turned down the $100,000-a-year presidential salary, insisting that the money be used to endow a scholarship fund instead.
Website: National Baptist Convention

The Rev. William G. Sinkford
Sinkford The Rev. William G. Sinkford is the first African American to head the Unitarian Universalist Association, a largely white, liberal denomination. This Boston-based minister has been a particularly vocal proponent of legalizing gay marriage, a position in keeping with his organization’s historical support of same-sex couples and their families.
Website: Unitarian Universalist Association

The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor
Gardner TaylorRev. Gardner C. Taylor is Senior Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Brooklyn and a nationally renowned preacher. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Clinton in 2000. Taylor, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is considered a consummate preacher by his peers and has long been admired for his civil rights advocacy and message of God-centered social responsibility.

The Rev. Conrad Tillard
Rev. TillardUntil a few years ago, the Rev. Conrad Tillard was known as Minister Conrad Muhammad, the outspoken national youth minister for the Nation of Islam. Known as "the Hip-Hop Minister," he worked for social justice for disempowered urban youth. Now, following his reversion to the Christianity of his birth, Tillard is finding new ways to minister to what he calls "the hip-hop generation" from his new religious perspective. He currently serves as project director for New Yorkers for the Gulf Coast, which is chaired by Abyssinian Baptist Church's pastor, Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III.
Article: The Consummate Prodigal Son

Iyanla Vanzant
Iyanla VanzantIyanla Vanzant’s mix of woman-centered empowerment and spiritual focus has struck a deep chord with an ever increasing legion of followers. A survivor of childhood and spousal abuse, this former welfare mother is now a best-selling author, a nationally recognized inspirational speaker, a televison personality, and an ordained minister. Vanzant is founder of Inner Visions Spiritual Life Maintenance Network in Silver Spring, MD, and was a life coach on NBC’s “Starting Over”--a reality show that helped women change their lives.
Interview: Communicating With the Divine
Excerpt: My Prayer Journey
Prayers: Selections From Iyanla's Prayer Journal
Website: Inner Visions

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright
Rev. WrightThe Rev. Jeremiah Wright is pastor of the more than 10,000-member Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, whose motto is "Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.” Wright is particularly outspoken on such subjects as AIDS in the African-American community.
Website: Trinity United Church of Christ