From 1976 to 1979 Herb Lusk (now Reverend-Pastor Dr. Herbert H. Lusk, II) was the starting tailback for the Philadelphia Eagles. His uniqueness to Philadelphia is best described by Michael Callahan, Editor of Philadelphia Magazine. In the 2012 Special Edition, “Why We Love Philadelphia”, Callahan wrote “In the storied legacy of the NFL, Herb Lusk will always be the praying tail-back, the first pro football player to drop to one knee and offer celestial thanks after a score.” Lusk committed himself to three years to the NFL and then left voluntarily, to study for the ministry.
Since Pastor Lusk became the pastor in 1982 of Greater Exodus Baptist Church, located on North Broad Street in Philadelphia, the church has experienced phenomenal growth (from 17 to a membership of more than 2000). Pastor Lusk’s other contributions to North Philly are: The People for People Community Development Corporation, an economic development engine that has revived the neighborhood near the church; a Charter School; a Community Credit union; The Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center; The View, a banquet and catering facility; a night college affiliated with Eastern University; and a project in partnership with Project Home, Bon Jovi’s charitable foundation and other private benefactors, for a transitional housing development. Pastor Lusk has served as an advisor to the President of the United States and to the United Nations on faith-based initiatives. He has appeared on Nightline, Hardball, NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox News. He has received numerous awards, honors and citations. He recently served as the Lead Chaplain for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.
Pastor Lusk graduated from Gwynedd Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology, received a Masters of Divinity from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, and has been awarded three honorary doctorates. Pastor Lusk is married to his beloved wife, Vickey, with whom he has three children, Herbert III, Danuelle (Cedrick Watkins), Laiah (David Artis), and three grandsons: David Judah, Israel Andrew, and Zion Paul.