Rev. Mark Whitlock
Board for COR CDC, Founder and President

Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. has committed his life to serving God, the AME Church and the Community. Rev. Whitlock has served as pastor of Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church (COR Church) in Irvine, CA since August 1998. COR Church had no building in 1998. Under Rev. Whitlock leadership, COR Church purchased its first building in 2006. It purchased its second church sanctuary in 2014. The currently sanctuary is valued at over seven million dollars. COR Church has grown from five members to three thousand two hundred. COR Church has over forty different ministries and a staff of thirty people. Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from the University of Laverne. He has a Masters in Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California. He attended Fuller Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctorate degree from American International University in Humanities. Rev. Whitlock is the founder and president of the Board for COR CDC, the non-profit arm of Christ Our Redeemer It has multiple community development, youth program, entrepreneurial investment fund, and civic engagement programs. COR CDC has eight housing sites valued over three hundred and fifty million dollars. COR CDC is the General Partner with Avanath Capital. COR CDC provides all social services to the residents of the eight properties. COR CDC has given three hundred thousand dollars in college scholarships to minority college students living in Orange County, hosted the National Faith Leadership Conference, created the Innovators Impact Fund, trained young people on entrepreneurships and received funding from the Ray Charles Foundation for youth learning Algebra and character development. Rev. Mark Whitlock serves as CEO and president of COR CDC. Rev. Mark is the Executive Director of the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at the University of Southern California. He raises funds, administers staff and projects. The Cecil Murray Center has trained over eight hundred pastors and partners with the CA Endowment, Wells Fargo Bank, Union Bank, Comerica, and State Farm Insurance. In 1990, Rev. Whitlock co-founded the Richard Allen Men’s Society (RAMS) of First AME Church in Los Angeles, CA, an organization of over 3,500 men who exemplify positive African American images. Mark served as president of the RAMS for eight years. The RAMs are best known for helping to reclaim the community from gangs, drug dealers and closing 13 rock cocaine houses while leading young men away from drugs and gangs. This volunteer work receive national attention from the media and many other churches. Mark Whitlock’s corporate experience amply equipped him to lead the 21st century church in economic development. Mark was the first Black salesman for Brown Shoe Company. In 1978, he integrated the manufacturing shoe business in upstate New York. His customers included the Federated Stores and many other retail stores. He was a former Vice President for Wells Fargo Bank. Mark helped bring sales to banking. Bankers in were accustomed to customers coming to the bank. Mark took the bank to potential customers in 1984. As the first Vice President of the Commercial/Industrial National Division for Chicago Title Insurance Company, Mark’s responsibilities included marketing, financing commercial real estate projects, and title insurance. His clients included major law firms, national real estate developers, and larger financial institutions. In 1983, Mark began a part time career in radio while still working full time for Wells Fargo Bank. He was a radio talk show host on KGFJ, KACE, KFI and is currently heard every Sunday morning on KJLH. He has interviewed Former President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Mayor Tom Bradley, Nelson Mandela, Denzel Washington, Sammy Davis, Winton Marsalis, Minister Louis Farrakhan, and many more. Rev. Whitlock left his corporate career to serve the Los Angeles City following the Los Angeles “Rodney King” Riots. He is the founder and executive director of FAME Renaissance aka FAME Assistance Corporation, the economic development arm of First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles 1992-2004. As the executive director, he raised over four hundred million dollars in grants, loans, and public and private fee for service contracted service initiatives. FAME Renaissance created no less than four thousand jobs within South Los Angeles. Under Rev. Whitlock’s leadership, the FAME Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Micro Loan Fund and Commercial Loan Programs funded over one two hundred small businesses. The FAME Renaissance Home Loan Program created over two hundred new home owners and trained over two thousand home loan candidates. Rev. Mark is the executive director of the Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies at the University of LaVerne. He is Trustee of Paul Quinn College, board member at Concordia University, East West Bank Community Advisory Board, Orange County Human Relations Committee, PBS SoCal Television, OCIA, SCLC and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Rev. Whitlock has been featured on CNN, Cross Fire, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, KJLH Radio, and Charter Cable. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Black Enterprise Magazine, Sentinel News, as well as several local magazines and news papers. He continues to lecture at the Harvard University School of Divinity and University of Southern California School of Religion. He has lectured at the University of California, Los Angeles; Anderson School of Business, Interdenominational Theological Center, Yale University, California State University, Los Angeles; Concordia University, many high schools and churches. Rev. Whitlock has been a featured speaker at the White House’s Faith-Based Conferences. He is a recipient of numerous national, state, city, and local community service awards. Rev. Whitlock has been married happily, to Rev. Attorney Hermia Shegog Whitlock for over twenty 31 years. He has three sons, Ariel, Mark, III; and Devin Whitlock. Publications (Articles and Quotes):• Making housing happen: faith-based affordable housing models• In God we trust?: faith-based organizations and the quest to solve• Seeking El Dorado: African Americans in California• Black and brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution• The New Agenda of the Black Church: Economic Development for Black• Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy• Mighty Like a River: The Black Church and Social Reform• The Black Church and God’s Technology• Encouraging Expressions Preaching and Public Speeches*:• Fuller Theological Seminary – “Churches Role in Community Development” 1992• Allen Baptist Church, Oakland, CA – 1993• Harvard Summer Leadership Institute – 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004• Yale University – “Church and Community Development” – 1995• City of Refuge – Faith and Community Development, LA, CA – 1996• University Synagogue – Celebrating the King Legacy – 1998• National Urban League Conference – 1999• Faith Center for Community Development Conference, NY, NY – 1999• Empowerment Temple – “Faith Based Economic Development” – 2000• Temple Isaiah – Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King – 2000 – 2012• White House Faith Based Community Development Conference – 2004• Sinai Temple. LA, CA – Dr. Martin Luther King Service – 2005 –present• Greater Allen AME Cathedral – “Felt Faith” – 2006-2009• USC Passing the Mantle – 2006• Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, West Palm Beach, FL – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011• Police Profiling – Irvine, CA – 2008• AME General Conference – “The How To’s of Community Development” – 2008• Crafting Faith and Community Development, LA, CA – 2008• United Way Volunteer Celebration – Orange County – 2009• City of Huntington Beach “Racial Diversity Panel” – 2009• Bethel AME Church, Cape Town, South Africa -2010• COGIC National Conference on Economic Development – 2010• NAACP National Conference – 2011• National MBA Conference – 2011• LA Jewish Federation – Israel• Appointed Western Region Chaplain – Kappa Alpha Psi 2012• USC 20 Years After the Los Angeles Unrest – 2012• Claremont School of Theology – 2012• USC Faith Leaders Institute – 2012• Bam Crawford Ministries – 2013• AME Church in East Cape Town, South Africa – 2013• Southern CA Annual Conference of the AME Church – 2014• Mid Year Conference of the Southern CA AME Church – 2014• Seven Last Words of the AME Ministerial Conference – 2014• Los Angeles Baptist Ministers Conference – 2014*partial listing