Who is GCC?
Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC) was founded in 2011 as a non-partisan collective of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice. To this day, it stands alone in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County for its effectiveness.
Our mission is to be a powerful force for change, creating justice and opportunity in Greater Cleveland by uniting our faith communities and civic partners across lines of race, class and religion. We remain steadfastly focused on those issues that keep our members awake at night.
GCC is a member of the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the nation’s largest network of multi- faith coalitions, and we draw on its seven decades of experience.
GCC challenges Greater Clevelanders to imagine what we can accomplish together, connects stakeholders to multiply our power and mobilizes our members to make our voices heard.
Drawing on the proven power of person-to-person organizing, GCC is building the power necessary to create a better Northeast Ohio.
“I think 10 years inspires me and GCC’s leaders to take a step back, even with all the work that we’re doing, to celebrate the fact that an organization that started with just simple person- to-person connections has built itself into an organization that is respected in our community,”
Rabbi Joshua Caruso
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple.
“This is what we do each day in power organizing: We create new relationships, new ideas, new networks, new power, and new imagination. We create opportunities out of chaos,”
GCC Lead Organizer
Affinity Missionary Baptist Church
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Antioch Baptist Church
B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
Beth Israel -- The West Temple
Beth-El the Heights Synagogue
Catholics for GCC
Church of the RedeemerUMC
Cleveland Friends Meeting
Disciples Christian Church
Divinity Lutheran Church
Dover Congregational UCC
Elizabeth Baptist Church
Fairmount Presbyterian Church
First Baptist Church
Forest Hill Church Presbyterian
Greater New Canaan Ministries
Lakewood Congregational Church
Lee Road Baptist Church
Neighbor Up Network
Olivet Institutional Baptist Church
Shiloh Baptist Church
South Euclid UCC
Southwest Unitarian Universalist Church
St. James AME Church
St. John AME Church
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
St. Peter AME Zion
Suburban Temple Kol Ami
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland
West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
GCC Strategy Team
Keisha Krumm, Executive Director/Lead Organizer
Rabbi Joshua Caruso, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Rev. Henry F. Curtis IV, St. John AME Church
Rev. Joanna D’Agostino, Lakewood Congregational Church
Rev. Dr. John C. Lentz Jr, Forest Hill Church Presbyterian, Co-Chair
Rev. Ronald E. Maxwell, Affinity Missionary Baptist Church, Co-Chair
Ms. Louise McKinney, St. John AME Church
Rev. Dr. James P. Quincy III, Lee Road Baptist Church
Rabbi Stephen Weiss, B’nai Jeshurun Congregation
Ms. Amy Zipp, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church