Our Team

MOSES consists of a dynamic partnership between staff organizers, local interfaith congregations, clergy, community organizations and hundreds of grassroots leaders. A page highlighting the talents and contributions of all MOSES leaders would be too long to read in a whole day! For the sake of brevity, we have limited this page to include staff, board members, member congregations, the MOSES Clergy Caucus, and allied organizations.

Staff

Ponsella Hardaway, Executive Director
(313) 962-5290 ext. 15
phardaway@mosesmi.org

Ponsella Hardaway is a native Detroiter. Since 1996, Ponsella has been an organizer with MOSES; She is also a National Trainer with the Gamaliel Foundation. In addition to leaders across Detroit, the State of Michigan, and the country, she has trained congregation members in South Africa, Swaziland and in the United Kingdom.  Ms. Hardaway has also traveled to Brazil and Mali to study NGO’s work on political and social issues.

In her first year of organizing, Ms. Hardaway organized 22 Detroit congregations to conduct neighborhood listening campaigns and do safe zones actions (small public meetings of 200–600 people) to address abandoned buildings, drug houses, recreation, dumping, street lighting and gangs. She is most proud of organizing a 40 minute meeting with MOSES leadership and United States President Bill Clinton, who agreed to work with the organization by opening doors in Washington D.C. needed to leverage the resources to obtain their vision for improved youth programs.

In 2008, Ms. Hardaway organized a public meeting to address hospital closures, access to grocery stores, immigration reform and public transportation.  She was successful in turning out 3,000 people and public officials, even though President Obama’s rally was an hour before and five miles down the road from the MOSES rally.

 

DeJuan Bland, Youth OrganizerDeJuan Bland
(313) 962-5290 ext. 24
dbland@mosesmi.org

DeJuan was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Ross Hill Academy in 2010 he went on to Spring Arbor University where he majored in Communications and Media. During undergrad he also studied Pastoral ministry, is currently serving as youth leader for Faith Redemption Center, and soon will be ordained as minster in the COGIC church. Art has been a big part of his life since a child and he has dedicated the past 15 years using art to bring to life the pain and beauty of his reality through various platforms. For the past three years he has mentored at-risk youth in the city of Detroit while working for Developing KIDS. After his graduation in May of 2015 he sought a job that would give that same sense of fulfillment and came across organizing during the Race and Power Summit held in Detroit. He is now the youth organizer for MOSES and is working to support CB3 as a model for youth organizing youth.

 

Jeremy Waechter, Lead Organizer
(313) 962-5290 ext.
jwaechter@mosesmi.org

 


L’Tonya Braceful Felder, Organizer

(313) 962-5290 ext.
lfelder@mosesmi.org

L’Tonya Braceful Felder, a native Detroiter, has been an organizer with MOSES since May 2016.

Mrs. Felder’s introduction to community organizing came through utilizing her interest in public health, during Benin, West Africa’s transition from a military dictatorship to a democracy.  Assigned to a very rural area, she worked with community groups to organize them in eradication campaign strategies targeting a communicable disease for global extermination.  In a two year eight month tour of duty, her 8 member trained health workers/translators team effectively decreased the percentage of prevalence of Guinea worm (GW) disease to 5% in the assigned area, by performing health education seminars, public health campaigns, surveillance methodologies, and culminating in an edutainment theatrical production, called, “La Lutte Contra Le Ver du Guinee”. In collaboration with a local animal husbandry group grant funds ($6,444 USD) were successfully secured to redevelop a fish pond, build a chicken coop and warehouse to sell fish and produce at market,as a distinguished Peace Corps Volunteer (USPCV).

During a Wayne State University travel/study program, Mrs. Felder collaborated with non-governmental organizations USPC, UNICEF and the Benin Ministry of Water Sanitation to obtain sponsorship and in-country transportation for an endemic GW case containment follow-up study. Funds and equipment were secured from local congregations to perform site visits documenting culture and social issues in Benin, Namibia and the Ivory Coast.

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L’Tonya & Rachel at MOSES Public Meeting 2016

L’Tonya is dedicated to work with marginalized people in limited access communities to gain power to train leaders to transform, manage and maintain healthy & sustainable communities through access to education.

 

Rachel Klein, Organizer
(313) 962-5290 ext.
rklein@mosesmi.org

 

Jacob Bolton, Media Organizer
jbolton@mosesmi.org

 

Board of DirectorsMOSES board of directors

Each Director is affiliated with one or more of MOSES’ member congregations or organizations, listed below his or her name.

Rev. Donald Bryant, President
Greater Apostolic Faith Temple, Detroit

Rev. Stancy Adams, Vice President
Russell Street Baptist, Detroit

Mr. Ben Washburn, Treasurer
Christ the King Catholic Church, Detroit

Ms. Mary Egan-Price, Secretary
Christ the King Catholic Church, Detroit

Ms. Valerie Adams
Northwestern Christian Church, Detroit

Ms. Patricia Barlow
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit

Rev. James Curenton
Mayflower Congregational United Church of Christ, Detroit

Rev. Robert O. Dulin, Jr. 
Southeast Michigan Church of God

Ms. Cindy Reese
Greater Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit

Mr. James P. Smith, Jr.
Greater Apostolic Faith Temple, Detroit

Rev. John Hice
Royal Oak First United Methodist Church, Royal Oak

Ms. Vanessa Holsey
Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Detroit

Ms. Patricia Williams
Up from the World Church of God in Christ, Detroit

Ms. Marilyn Winfrey
Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Northwest Community Block Club Association, Detroit

Clergy Caucus

The MOSES Clergy Caucus is open to all clergy persons; this caucus is the clergy arm of MOSES’ leadership. The gathering of the MOSES Clergy Caucus affords clergy from around Southeastern Michigan an opportunity to:

  • Fellowship with other clergy persons;
  • Share notes and insights about ministry;
  • Discuss issues related to matters of social justice;
  • Review alternative ways in which faith communities might respond to social issues that impact the quality of life in Southeastern Michigan;
  • Take positions on community issues, and advocate in support of a wide variety of community concerns; and
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with other congregations of various faiths.

While the MOSES Clergy Caucus does not engage in partisan politics, it is committed to voter education, and to supporting non-partisan initiatives that help to build strong communities and enhance quality of life.

The MOSES Clergy Caucus invites clergy to embrace our “Statement of Faith, Purpose and Direction,” and become active participants who help advance the organizing work, goals and objectives of MOSES.

For information on upcoming Clergy Caucus meetings and events, please visit our events calendar.

Allied Organizations

ACCESS
Adrian Dominicans
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
D4
MichUHCAN
ROC
SE MI Synod Council (ELCA)
SEIU Local 3 – Detroit
IHM Sisters
Southwest Detroit Business Association
Trans4M
United Food and Commercial Workers,
(UFCW) Local
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