About Our Pastor
Rev. Mark E. Whitlock Jr.
Rev. Whitlock has served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church (COR Church) in Orange County, CA since August 1998, is the Director of Corporate Giving for the Connectional African Methodist Episcopal Church, serves as Chief Executive Officer of Nehemiah Ministries, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) economic development corporation for the Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church. In addition, Rev. Whitlock is the Director of Community Initiatives at University of Southern California, Center for Religion and Civic Culture. Rev. Whitlock earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from the University of Laverne and is completing Masters of Divinity at Payne Theological Seminary, Wilberforce, Ohio. He received an honorary doctorate from American International University in Humanities.
Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. has committed his life to serving God and the Church.
Rev. Mark is a member of several Boards of Directors, including the Harvard Divinity School’s Summer Leadership Institute, Southern California Edison Corporation, First American Corporation, Genesis Los Angeles, Orange County Human Relations Committee, American Civil Liberties Union, KOCE Television, Oden Commission, and the Red Cross of Orange County. And, Rev. Whitlock has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Black Enterprise Magazine, as well as several local magazines and newspapers. He continues to lecture at the Harvard University School of Divinity and University of Southern California School of Religion. He has lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles; Anderson School of Business; Interdenominational Theological Center; California State University, Los Angeles; many high schools and churches. Rev. Whitlock has been a featured speaker at the White House’s Faith-Based Conferences. He is a recipient of numerous national, state, city, and local community service awards.
Publications (Articles and Quotes):
Making housing happen: faith-based affordable housing models
In God we trust?: faith-based organizations and the quest to solve
Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California
Black and brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution
The New Agenda of the Black Church: Economic Development for Black
Black religion after the Million Man March: voices on the future
Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy
Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform
Preaching and Public Speeches:
Fuller Theological Seminary “Churches Role in Community Development” 1992
Allen Baptist Church, Oakland, CA 1993
Harvard Summer Leadership Institute 1994
Yale University “Church and Community Development” 1995
City of Refuge Faith and Community Development, LA, CA 1996
Faith Center for Community Development Conference, NY, NY 1999
Empowerment Temple “Faith Based Economic Development” 2000
White House Faith Based Community Development Conference 2004
Sinai Temple. LA, CA Dr. Martin Luther King Service 2005
Greater Allen AME Cathedral “Felt Faith” 2006
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, FL 2006
Police Profiling Irvine, CA – 2008
AME General Conference “The How To’s of Community Development” 2008
Crafting Faith and Community Development, LA, CA 2008
United Way Volunteer Celebration Orange County 2009
City of Huntington Beach “Racial Diversity Panel” 2009