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.”