T. C. Moore, Pastor
I serve as pastor of Roots because I’m passionate about seeing lives transformed. This is my passion because my life was transformed when I was a teenager and God’s love rescued me from gang life. Since then I’ve served and led youth, young adults, and families in cities throughout the U.S., from Urbana, IL to New Orleans, and from Boston to Los Angeles. In New Orleans, I graduated from the School of Urban Missions and served on staff at Trinity Christian Community, a holistic ministry serving the Hollygrove neighborhood. In Boston, I graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary’s Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME) and started a mentoring program for at-risk youth. In LA, I served as a pastor of a multi-ethnic and multi-socioeconomic congregation that gathers near Skid Row. Wherever I’ve been called, I’ve endeavored to use my gifts to equip the church for transformative ministry in the local community. I love teaching, writing, and design. And together with Osheta, we parent our three children: Tyson (17), Terrence (14), and Trinity (13). We love seeing movies, playing board games, and exploring the history and cultures of cities.
Osheta Moore, Pastor of Community Life
Osheta Moore is a sought after speaker and the author of Shalom Sistas, a resource for women on everyday peacemaking. She’s currently working on her second book called, Dear White Peacemakers, on shalom and racial reconciliation. Although she’s a proud Texan, Osheta deeply loves living in Saint Paul. Her name is pronounced, “O-she-da” and so many people have asked if it means something. It doesn’t. Her dad just made it up. But if she were to go to “Urban Dictionary” and create a definition for my name it might say something like this: An ESFJ peacemaker who loves parties, people, and popcorn with red wine. A pastor who is convinced God has a sense of humor. In her role as Community Life Pastor, Osheta loves to plan gatherings for Roots Community, spend hours sitting at a coffee shop listening to faith stories, and making sure Roots feels like a family where all find belonging and every voice is heard. She’s also a Type-A personality that enjoys keeping the trains running on time. She’s passionate about the discipleship of our younger members (toddlers, children, and youth), racial reconciliation, peacemaking, and community development in the urban core. She’s an optimist cookbook reader, believes everything is better after a nap, and spends her days off at the library. At the top of her bucket list to ride in a hot air balloon.
Der Lor, Pastor in Residence
Der has held ministry and worship leadership roles at two large churches in Wisconsin. As a pastor and theologian, Der loves learning about the contextual nature of theology and its implications for God’s ethnically diverse people. As a worship leader, Der loves ushering God’s diverse people together in Christ and pointing them back to their Creator as a new humanity. Der has spoken at conferences on topics relating to multi-ethnic ministry, musical worship, and racial/ethnic identity and Christian faith. Der is married to Alice. They have a daughter, Penny, and a son, Judah. Der holds a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL and a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.
(from left to right) Kirsten Morissette, Juice Montezon, Natalia ONette, and T. C. Moore
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