University of Southern California

Center for Religion & Civic Culture

Mark Whitlock

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Rev. Mark Whitlock is the executive director of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. He also serves as the pastor of Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, which started with five members and has grown to over 3,000 members. Before his full-time call to the ministry, he served as the founder and executive director of FAME Renaissance, the economic development arm of First AME Church, which raised over $400 million in grants, loans, and contracted service initiatives that created over four thousand jobs with South Los Angeles. The FAME Renaissance Venture Capital Fund and Commercial Loan programs funded over 200 small businesses. FAME Renaissance’s Home Loan Program created over 200 new home owners and trained over 2,000 home loan candidates. Rev. Whitlock completed his undergraduate studies at the University of La Verne with a major in religion. He is completing an M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate from American International University in Humanities.

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Projects Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement Institute for Violence Prevention Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute

Areas of Expertise: community and economic development, fundraising, church leadership, African American churches,