Rev. Faith Fowler
Rev. Faith Fowler is both the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, a nonprofit agency that provides food, housing, medical/mental health and employment programs for people living in areas of concentrated poverty. She has held these positions since 1994.
In addition to her work at Cass, Rev. Fowler has served as a board member of the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corporation, an advisory board member of the Detroit Area Agency on Aging and a board member and trustee on the General Board of Church and Society.
In 2014, Rev. Fowler founded Cass Community Publishing House. She has authored two of CCPH’s books, This Far by Faith: Twenty Years at Cass Community and Tiny Homes in a Big City.
Rev. Fowler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Albion College. She received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from the Boston University School of Theology and a Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degree from the University of Michigan - Dearborn. She currently serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Michigan – Dearborn.
Her interests include reading, running, the environment and travel. Rev. Fowler has finished the Boston Marathon four times. She has visited Zimbabwe, Africa; Sydney, Australia; Seoul, South Korea; Russia, as well as several countries in Europe. She also enjoys public speaking and regularly addresses religious, civic, corporate and academic groups.
Rev. Fowler has lived in Detroit for the last 30 years. She recently sold her historic Victorian house in Corktown in order to live and participate with people residing on the Cass campus and in the tiny homes community.
In addition to being a WONder Woman, Rev. Fowler has been recognized for her work in many ways, includes:
• Penny Zago Peacemaker Award from the Shalom Center for Peace and Justice
• Wade McCree, Jr. Award from the Federal Bar Association Eastern District of MI
• McGregor Fund Eugene Miller Fellowship – 2017
• Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee – 2016
• The Detroit Free Press Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award – 2016
• Honorary Doctorate of Divinity, Ecumenical Theological School – 2015
• Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Albion College – 2015
• Forbes Impact Award - 2015
• Alpha Kappa Alpha Global Poverty Award – 2012
• Detroit Free Press Michigan Green Leader Award – 2010
• Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award – 2005
• Boston University School of Theology Distinguished Alumni – 2005
• The Detroit News Michiganian of the Year – 2003
• The University of Michigan – Dearborn School of Education – Distinguished Alumnus of the Year – 2003