Brian Ellis-Gibbs believes that faith-rooted communities are being called to reclaim their prophetic role as proponents for social justice, freedom and equality. In preparation to respond to the call of activism and advocacy, he received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College and his Masters of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He trained in community organizing with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), in faith-rooted organizing by PICO National Network, and prophetic justice as a former Faith and Justice Fellow with the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA).
As a clergy leader with Faith in New York (FiNY) since it’s early years in 2010 as Queens Congregations United for Action, Brian has participated in campaigns for economic equity, such as, affordable housing, living wages, and just economic recovery plan in the rebuilding of NYC following Hurricane Sandy. He has been involved in campaigns working towards ending gun violence, confronting climate/environmental injustice, and protecting the rights of immigrants. He has served as a board member for FiNY and Clergy United for Community Empowerment.
In his commitment to faith, education and social justice, Brian Ellis-Gibbs previously worked as a Faith-Based Community Engagement Coordinator for FPWA and currently serves as Pastor of Queens Baptist Church in Queens Village, New York, which he has been serving for more than 13 years. He served in the role of adjunct faculty professor with the University of Phoenix and presently facilitates classes as adjunct faculty for the Certificate in Ministry program with the New York Theological Seminary.