In honor of Black History Month, Family Promise is spotlighting Black Family Promise staff members, board members, volunteers, and clergy who are making an impact in their respective communities.
Family homelessness isn’t a one-dimensional crisis. To solve the issue, you need leaders who understand the root causes. Enter Senior Pastor Charles W. Quann.
Quann has been the pastor of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Spring Hill, PA, since 1986. He has also been involved with Family Promise Montco (PA) for three decades. He currently sits on the board.
“His congregation has been a host congregation since the beginning,” said Family Promise Montco Executive Director Marsha Eichelberger.
Quann leverages his prominence in the community to educate congregants, colleagues, and friends on issues of racial justice. He recognizes that family homelessness wouldn’t be a reality without the existence of systemic racism.
“He has been a gentle giant in terms of helping us understand that racial equity is important to our work,” Eichelberger said. “He has an ability to nudge you the perfect amount. He always pushes us to think and do better.”
That knack for kind-hearted motivation is an invaluable skill. It’s the reason why Family Promise isn’t the only community board he sits on. From interfaith councils, to the YMCA, to community hospitals, Quann never passes up an opportunity to engage.
“He’s a go-to person,” Eichelberger said. “He’s pushing our community in a soft-spoken way.”