A BRIEF BIO
BISHOP JOHN L. SELDERS, JR. CLS, M.Div., D.D.
The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT, Assistant Dean of Students, member of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, (former) Associate College Chaplain Trinity College, Hartford, CT and one of the leaders of Moral Monday CT. For 15 years, he served Executive Director of Zezzo House (an 18 unit housing project) in Hartford, CT.
He is the loving spouse of Pamela and father of two, Alisia (daughter), Jay (son) and grand parent of one, Makenzie (granddaughter). Bishop Selders has done his academic and theological reflection attending Life Christian Bible College, Webster University, Eden Theological Seminary and Anglican Divinity School. In addition to being a talented award winning songwriter, musician and performer with local, national, and international credits, he is also the Bishop Presider of The Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM), one the Senior Bishops of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) and is the Vice President and 1st Administrative Presiding Prelate of the Freedom Assemblies Worldwide. Bishop Selders is a founding member of Moral Monday CT, a grassroots statewide organization committed to a wide range of social justice issues.
Bishop Selders has exhibited extraordinary commitment and dedication to a number of efforts that have afforded him the opportunity to travel across the country speaking, lecturing and conducting workshops in the areas of race, oppression and reproductive justice. He is a teacher, lecturer, workshop leader, an HIV/AIDS educator and activist with numerous citations for his work. +John worked for 12 years as a Lecturer at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT., Adjunct Faculty Member in the Field Education Department of Andover Newton Theological School, Adjunct Faculty Member at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, Dean of Urban Ministry Track for The Anglican Divinity School and was an adjunct faculty member for The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education. He serves on a number of boards including currently an Executive Board Member (Chair) of the Religious Coalition of Reproductive Choice and is one of the Tri-Chairs for the Connecticut Poor People’s Campaign. +John works with a number organizations both locally and nationally whose work is ultimately concerned with the healing of humanity.