Reverend Dr. Herbert H. Lusk, II, Senior Pastor since 1982 of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, 704-714 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which has grown from 17 members to over 2,000 under his leadership. Pastor Lusk has committed himself ever increasingly to service of those in poverty: the jobless, the homeless, the hungry, and those in prison and their children, having left his position as a running back for the Philadelphia Eagles team to do so. Pastor Lusk was also known as the praying tail back in the NFL and was recognized by two documentaries, ESPN and NFL films, as the first NFL player to kneel and pray after scoring. When he was asked what he was doing he replied simply, "I was just giving thanks!"

Pastor Lusk founded People for People, Incorporated, (PFP) in 1989 as the community development arm of Greater Exodus Baptist Church. Since 1989, People for People has filled to capacity its 8 story building with community development and revitalization initiatives involving over 200 full time employees and 570 student PFP Charter School, (K-8), the 135-child Early Childhood Development Center, the EARN Center (welfare to work program servicing over 2,500 clients per year), which helps TANF recipients find jobs, and provides GED and computer skills training components; the Mentoring Children of Purpose program, (for children with incarcerated parents), the What Matters Most Abstinence Program, and the PFP Community Development Credit Union, which offers financial education and services to low income patrons not typically available to them. In addition, Pastor Lusk founded Stand for Africa in 2003, to raise awareness about and funding for African AIDS orphans and their families, which currently funds stable, reliable initiatives in seven countries on the African continent. Due to his tireless efforts in this area, he received a Presidential appointment to PACHA, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV & AIDS.

Pastor Lusk is raising funding necessary to renovate a building formerly owned by the city into the PFP Family Community Center, in order to remove our students and their families from Philadelphia streets which have become progressively more dangerous, and provide them with the space and the equipment for sports activities, computer teaching labs, youth enrichment, mentoring and nutriutional programs among other events and activities beneficial to families. In addition, he has transformed what was formerly a row-house/store front on Broad Street into the HOPE Pregnancy Center for those facing crisis pregnancies. Most recently, Pastor Lusk has led People for People into partnership with Eastern University in order to create the PFP Institute, which provides higher level education classes to low income students unable to afford them otherwise. The resulting certificates and degrees enable them to acquire employment with salaries large enough to make them truly self-sufficient and to provide for the needs of their families.

Pastor Herbert H. Lusk, II was licensed to preach April 13, 1980, under Reverend Jerry William Daily; First African Baptist Church, Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, and was ordained September 8, 1983 by the Monterey Bay Baptist Association, Monterey, CA.

EDUCATION (in chronological order):

  • Student at Monterey Peninsula College, 1972-1973

  • Student at University of California at Long Beach (subsequently inducted into LB Hall of Fame)

  • Graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Sociology

  • Graduate of the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Divinity

  • Received Honorary Doctorate from Westminster Theological Semindary, May 25, 2006

  • Received Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Eastern University December 16, 2006

  • Received Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree Reformed Episcopal Seminary, February 3, 2008

Pastor Lusk has appeared on Night Line, Hardball, NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox are among many News broadcast, and has received countless awards, honors and citations, has served on the boards of numerous organizations and travels to Africa several times each year to meet with national and community leaders and health providers to direct Stand for Africa funding into the most cost-effective channels for the greatest impact in the war against HIV/AIDS, and to bring the most help possible to the millions of AIDS orphans. Philadelphia Magazine, November, 2005, named him one of Philadelphia's 50 most influential leaders, and he has hosted the President of the United States twice at PFP in the last decade.

Pastor Lusk is married to his beloved wife, Vickey, with whom he has three adult children, Danuelle, Laiah and Herbert, III.