The Orange County Register named the Rev. Mark Whitlock as one of their 2016 game changers.
He was chosen for spearheading the Orange County Solidarity March with community members and law enforcement, as well as helping start the Orange County Sheriff Department’s Interfaith Advisory Council. His biggest challenge, he told the paper, is to “help police hear the voice and cry of our young people, and to help them see the implicit bias many of us have when it comes to African American men.”
“Community organizing is a must, and the church must lead the way,” Whitlock said, highlighting Jesus as his inspiration. “He was a community organizer, social entrepreneur, freedom fighter and peacemaker.”
In 2016, Whitlock also made news by taking on racial reconciliation between evangelicals and the Black Church. Watch this video on those efforts:
Whitlock also made the Orange County Register’s most influential list in 2014.