TIA Hires Executive Director

Tulsa Interfaith Alliance Hires Executive Director
Rev. Bob Lawrence to Serve as Executive Director of Tulsa Interfaith Alliance
Tulsa, OK – August 8, 2013 – The Board of Directors of the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of Rev. Bob Lawrence as Executive Director.  Rev. Lawrence begins his new position immediately.
Rev. Lawrence is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and is currently serving as the Pastor of OpenTable UCC in Owasso, OK.  He was formerly the Pastor of Community of Hope UCC in Tulsa, OK.  Lawrence is a 2009 Master of Divinity graduate of Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.  He has been serving on the Board for the Tulsa Interfaith Alliance since May, 2010, and has also served as Treasurer since May, 2012.
In addition to his work in local churches and with the TIA, Rev Lawrence is a volunteer educator at the David L Moss Criminal Justice Center, where he co-teaches a class for incarcerated men entitled, “Changing Criminal Thinking.”  Lawrence also serves as a member of the Boards for Tulsa Metropolitan Ministries, the OK Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and United Campus Ministries at TU.  He is the former Treasurer of the Foundation Board for the United Church of Christ’s Kansas-Oklahoma Conference.
“I am truly honored to be asked to serve my community in this fashion,” said Lawrence.  “I am deeply and personally committed to interfaith dialog and understanding, and I am excited about the opportunity to increase the visibility of the TIA which has long called itself, ‘A Mainstream Voice for All Tulsans.’  I believe the TIA is uniquely poised to deliver its message of not just tolerance, but appreciation for religious diversity and pluralism, and to help defend the separation of church and state as good for our faith communities, and good for our country.”
About Tulsa Interfaith Alliance

The Tulsa Interfaith Alliance (TIA) was formed in the summer of 1996.  In November, 1999 it was incorporated (Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, Inc.) as an Oklahoma not for profit corporation and in December, 2000 received 501(c)3 income tax exemption from the Internal Revenue Service.

In May, 2002, it received its affiliation charter with the Interfaith Alliance in Washington, D.C., a national faith-based, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the positive and healing role of religion in the life of our nation and challenging those who employ religion to promote intolerance.
Our web site is http://tulsainterfaithalliance.org, our Facebook page is Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, and our twitter account is tulsainterfaith.  We can also be reached via email attulsainterfaithalliance@gmail.com, or phone, 918-292-8457.