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WOODBURY – Salvation and Social Justice announced Wednesday the addition of Rev. Lori Person-Baynard as its director of theology and public policy and Gantry Fox as its police accountability organizer.
Person-Baynard answered the call to ministry in her early 20s and has served in almost every facet of church life. She was ordained in 2004, and she served as a Christian education teacher, trustee, elder, intercessor and pastor.
She is an advocate for education, firmly believing that it is one of the essential keys to liberation. Person-Baynard served as an affiliate faculty member of Eastern University’s School of Leadership and Development where she directed the U.S. program and taught various leadership courses to students in the Master of Organizational Leadership Program.
Person-Baynard formerly volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), where she advocated for abused and neglected children in New Jersey. She also served as a committee member of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives, New Conversation on Race and Ethnicity (NewCORE), which is a multi-racial, interfaith body of people striving to become one through conversations on race and ethnicity.
She is also a lead advocate of the Advocacy Committee of Woman of Color in Ministry under the leadership of Dr. Martha J. Simmons. Person-Baynard serves as a United Nations Woman who helps solve geopolitical problems that women face both nationally and internationally.
She conducts workshops, and facilitates community meetings with returning citizens through her work in prison ministry. Person-Baynard holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master of public administration degree from Rutgers University. She also holds a master of theological studies degree in Faith and Public Policy from Palmer Theological Seminary. She is the spouse of Rev. Paul Baynard and mother to Alex and Aaliyah.
Fox graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in African American Studies from Rowan University; as well as a master of public health degree from Drexel University.
He has more than 17 years of experience in the criminal justice social work field and has dedicated his career to those with just and unjust forensic backgrounds. He currently serves as director of several diversionary court programs in Philadelphia working in partnership with First Judicial District officials and staff.
Fox has been a racial justice advocate since his early high school and collegiate years serving in elected positions with the NAACP and other minority centered organizations. He currently serves Phi Beta Sigma Incorporated as the director of social action for the Gloucester County Alumni Chapter driving service, engagement, and elevation of local disadvantaged communities.
He continues to do the same in his role on the New Jersey Environmental Justice Advisory Council and in his affiliation with the N.J. Environmental Justice Alliance. Fox is most invested in encouraging systemic changes in the current state of policing in an effort to liberate black and brown citizens from both implicit/explicit racial bias and alleviate physical/mental abuse.
Fox said he believes anything less is to condone arbitrary use of power and control against the defenseless which helps to sustain oppressive governing. His missionary scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:23-24, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”
Fox is married to Melissa Fox and they have three children: Angelina, Aalliya, and Richard.