Our Ministry




The EZRA Project is dedicated to the support of Christian education in today’s church.



The name of EZRA Project is taken from the Bible. Ezra (for whom the Book of Ezra is named) was a scribe and a teacher who lived in Persia during the exile of the Jewish people. When the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple, Ezra was a key leader. The Bible describes him as having “devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law … to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel” (EZRA 7:10).

About 20 years ago, Rev. Maurice Landry suggested that a group of teachers adopt the name “the EZRA Project” as a title for an outreach program. The idea stuck with Dr. Rosa Sailes and when she searched for a name of her upstart organization, Ezra seemed appropriate. Ezra is more than a name, however. It is an acronym for the vision of The EZRA Project and its effort to build on the mission of that Jewish scribe:

To develop and engage Educated, Zealous, and Religious Advocates of Christian teaching.


In order to live out our core values and mission, the EZRA Project has dedicated its efforts to:

  • Celebrating unsung heroes of Christian education (1 Timothy 5:17)
  • Committing the Gospel to faithful people who will be able to teach others (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
  • Assisting pastors and ministers with successful matriculation in nationally accredited institutions of higher learning (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • Facilitating scholarly discussion and debate of theological issues which seek to advance “the unity of the spirit and the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3)


– Faith –

We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and that those who accept and acknowledge that truth must fear (reverence) the Lord God, walk in all his ways, love Him, and serve Him with all their heart and soul (Deuteronomy 10:12)

– Christian Ministry –

We believe that those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior have a responsibility “to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly” with God and in the world. (Micah 6:8 and 1 Timothy 2:1-3)

– Education –

We believe that it is the responsibility of all people to expand their intellects, abilities, and gifts through educational endeavors – both secular and Christian – so that they may live out their faith and encourage others to live in positive fellowship with all people (Proverbs 4:5 and Proverbs 22:6)

– Empowerment –

We believe that the Church has been empowered by the Holy Spirit to teach the Bible and the tenets of the Christian faith to others so that they may give help and nurture to those in need, provide aid to our communities and society, and rescue those who are helpless and in need from the grasp of evil people (Psalm 82:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:2)

Our team

The EZRA Project Board of Trustees is committed to presenting information that provides resources and assistance to help churches and members of the African American community achieve their God-given vision for excellence.

Rev. Dr. Rosa Sailes

Rev. Alice kinnard
Board Chairperson

Leonard Cooper Jr.
board member

Rev. Carolyn Butler
board member
Cynthia Mosley
Secretary and Board Member
Stephanie Smith
Treasurer and Board Member
Freddy Hill
emeritus board member

Volunteers and Section Leaders

All our volunteers whose hard work makes The Torchbearers Legacy Luncheon a success.

Kim Applewhite*
Charlese Beasley
Carrie Bell
Marilyn Bell
Racquin Borgard
Cynthia Brawner
Carolyn Butler*
Brianna Campbell**
Keyonna Campbell**
Tiffany Campbell*
Chase Carter**
Ernestine Clark
Mary Colbert*
Heidi Coleman
Jo Marie Cooper*
Leonard Cooper*
Anita Cotton
Tracey Davis
Gary Dotson
George Elrod
Gracie Franklin
Karla Geralds**
Jacqueline Griffin*
Marion Hayes-Posey
Gregory Herring
Allison Hudson
Lorna Hudson*
Bernadine Johnson*
Danielle Jones**
Karen Jones*
Samuel Jones*
Antoine Jordan
Linda Jordan
Alice Kinnard*
Romney Lowe
Jordan Lusbourgh**
Wesley Mack
Jo Lynne Mahome*
Michael McClendon
Marie Moore
Cynthia Mosley
Renee Shepherd Owens
Cheryl Littles
Claudette Ponder*
Marquita Reese*
Phil Richardson*
Regina Richardson*
David Ringer
Hazel Roundy
Willie Seay*
Arnold Sojourner
Stephanie Smith*
Jabari Ware**
Darlene Washington
Gia Welsh
Lolita Westbrook*
Kevin Wilbur*
Patrice Wilbur*

Section Leaders* Youth Volunteers**

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P. O. Box 438825
      Chicago, IL 60643

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