Political & Social Activist
Selected in 2009 as “Pastor of the Year” in Brooklyn, New York, by Church Women United and in 2005 and 2006 by Beliefnet.com as one of “The Most Influential Spiritual Black Leaders” in the United States, the Reverend Conrad B. Tillard is an important ecclesiastical voice growing in America. He has been a student activist, minister, and community activist for over 20 years.
Today he serves as the Senior Minister of Nazarene Congregational Church, a United Church of Christ (UCC) congregation in the Bedford Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. One of the oldest African American congregations in the city of New York, Nazarene has a distinguished track record of service to the African American community nationally. Tillard has been featured nationally in such magazines and newspapers as Savoy, Vibe, Source, Esquire, XXL, Essence, Ebony, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Los Angeles Times. Recently, he was featured in Essence Books’ 50 of the Most Inspiring African-Americans, he was also among leading African American men in another of Essence Books titled Essence in Celebration of Our Brothers. Additionally, Tillard co-wrote and hosted a one-hour television program, Culture Shock, for WPIX Channel 11 in New York City. The program, addressing the issue of negative imagery in the media in youth programming, won the National Council on Family Relations First Place Media Award and Platinum Best; the program also won the “Show Award” and the “Aurora Award.”