Misfits on a Mission, Finding Identity in Jesus


Pastoral Team

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, 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 have endeavored to use the gifts God has given me to equip the church for transformative ministry in the local community. I love teaching, writing, and design. And together with Osheta, we parent three children, ages 16, 13, and 12. Their names are Tyson, Terrence, and Trinity. We love seeing movies, playing board games, and exploring the history and cultures of new cities.

Osheta Moore, Pastor of Community Life

Bio coming soon.





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.

Leadership Team

Zong ThaoMiranda XiongEmily MorrisonOsheta Moore, Naomi Krueger, and Juice Montezon (pictured below)

We’d love to get to know you and answer questions or just let me know more about the Roots community. Contact us