We’ve asked Reverend Wayne Lavender to be our guest on this episode of Optimistic Voices. The Rev. Wayne Lavender, Ph.D., is a United Methodist pastor currently serving as the executive director of the Foundation 4 Orphans and faculty member in the political science department at Quinnipiac University. He earned his Ph.D. from George Mason’s School of Public Policy in 2010, an MA. and M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion and his BA. from Drew University. The winner of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in 2004 for his ministry at the New Milford UMC in New Milford, CT, Wayne has worked and taught at universities in Iraq and Mozambique. He is the author of seven books, including Pure Religion, released in 2020. Wayne lives close to nature with his wife Maureen at the conference and retreat center for the Foundation 4 Orphans in Hamden, Connecticut.
The Foundation 4 Orphans is an IRS approved 501 c 3 non-profit whose mission is to end the orphan pandemic. Their work is concentrated now in Mozambique and Iraq, but they are expanding to Syria, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.