ROCK ISLAND ADDRESS

Office: 309-558-0191 and 309-558-0896

Grace City Cathedral
1925 5th Ave.

Rock Island, IL 61201

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GRACE CITY CENTER

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Moline, IL 61265

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 LEADERSHIP

Reverend Dwight L. Ford, M.Div.

Reverend Dwight Ford is an innovative leader, author, thought-provoker, and public theologian.  He is affectionately known as “The People’s Pastor,” for his commitment to vulnerable populations and impoverished communities.

He was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi and reared in Rock Island, Illinois.  He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and successfully completed a six-year military career which included Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm service tours. He earned various awards and was listed in the top ten percent of enlisted Marines.

Our Pastor & First Lady

Reverend Dwight L. Ford, M.Div.
Innovative Leader, Author,
and Public Theologian

Reverend Dwight Ford is an innovative leader, author, thought-provoker, and public theologian.  He is affectionately known as “The People’s Pastor,” for his commitment to vulnerable populations and impoverished communities.  

 

His service to society is a seamless merging of the “theological why” with “a practical how.”

His life is a constant leap of faith across pulpits, platforms, and pavement as he endeavors to transform present-day realities into tomorrow’s opportunities.   He was born in Crystal Springs, Mississippi and reared in Rock Island, Illinois. 

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Upon graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and successfully completed a six-year military career which included Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm service tours. He earned various awards and was listed in the top ten percent of enlisted Marines.   Reverend Ford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University, with a concentration in Business Management and Leadership. He also holds the Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  

 

His research was centered on the Greek New Testament, Public Theology of the Civil Rights Era (1954 – 1968), Community Economic Development, and the agency of the African American Church.   Reverend Ford is an ordained Baptist minister of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., and has served in pastoral ministry for over 25 years.  He is the author of "Never Easy...Always Necessary: Rediscovering the Ministry of Jesus Christ in an Era of Crisis and Complacency (2011). He is the founder and pastor of Grace City Church in Rock Island, Illinois.  

 

When Pastor Ford is not in his regular role in the pulpit of Grace City, he can be found traveling throughout the United States and abroad as a minister of the Gospel and public speaker to churches, colleges, and community organizations.  Locally, He is a member of the Quad Cities Cohort of Forward Cities; a national learning network of cities committed to advancing inclusive innovation and economic development in their communities.  He serves on the steering committee of Quad Cities Regional Vision (Q2030) and was the 2017 Quad Citizen of the Year.  Rev. Ford provides professional services of consultation for public schools and community partnerships, strategic planning and implementation strategy, church and community projects.   He resides in Davenport, Iowa with his wife, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford and their children; Imani and Justice.  
 

Dr. Kit Evans-Ford

National trainer, spiritual director, and founder, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford is a woman who is passionate about nonviolence, God, and assisting women in healing from violence.

Born in Mebane, North Carolina, education became a positive outlet for her. Kit holds a BA in Communications, a MAT in Special Education, MA in Social Justice and Community Development, MDiv degree and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Spiritual Direction from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Dr. Kit is a Teach for America and United States Peace Corps Alumni. She has studied and served in England, Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Dr. Kit is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at St. Ambrose University. Dr. Kit also splits her time as the Action Outreach Organizer for Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service where she is one of the lead organizers for Campaign Nonviolence. She has lead in organizing thousands of peace actions around the world. She is the author of 101 Testimonies of Hope: Life Stories to Encourage Your Faith in God and A Children’s Book On Bishop Richard Allen: A Nonviolent Journey.

She is also a certified spiritual director and the founder of Argrow’s House of Healing and Hope in Davenport, Iowa. Argrow’s House is a safe space where free services are offered daily for women healing from violence and abuse in the greater Quad Cities area. Argrow’s House is also a successful social enterprise where women healing from violence create beautiful bath products that provide a living wage for themselves in a safe space that celebrates who they are.

Dr. Kit serves as a minister at Grace City Church. Kit resides in Davenport, Iowa with her husband, Pastor Dwight L. Ford, and children; Imani and Justice.