Reverend Starsky D. Wilson is president and chief executive officer of Deaconess Foundation, a faith-based grant making organization devoted to advancing a culture of health and hope for children in the St. Louis region, especially those growing up in the grip of poverty. He also serves as pastor of Saint John’s United Church of Christ. Wilson completed undergraduate studies in political science at Xavier University of Louisiana and earned a master of divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. He was certified in non-profit management by American Humanics. Rev. Wilson’s thesis, entitled Building Beloved Community focuses on the application of Kingian theology to the contemporary American church.