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Rev. Willard Bass of the Institute for Dismantling Racism


Reverend Willard Bass, Jr., M Div is an ordained minister whose vocation is centered on building authentic communities of equity across racial and ethnic in all sectors of the community. As director of the Institute for Dismantling Racism, and Assistant Pastor of Outreach at Green Street United Methodist Church.

Rev. Bass has been able to engage the broader community in the work of long-term institutional transformation for social change. With the addition of the Freedom Tree at IDR, initiatives have begun in the public sector that model intentional community and business Cooperatives.

As the Assistant Pastor of Outreach for Green Street United Methodist Church, Reverend Bass is currently engaged in a broad range of civic and church activities all focused, in various ways, on building and enhancing community through dismantling racism and other injustices.

Reverend Willard W. Bass, Jr. founded the Institute for Dismantling Racism (IDR, Inc.) in 2004 as a collaborative with a focus is on addressing institutional racism. Bass has had major careers in industry, construction and independent business ownership. He turned to higher education, theology and church leadership with a vision of creating an anti-racist multicultural diverse community. He received a B.S. degree from Fayetteville State University, an HBCU located in North Carolina and a Masters in Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Previous Board Positions Held:

  • Crossroads Antiracism and Training National Board
  • President, Ministers Conference of Winston Salem and Vicinity
  • Clergy Caucus, CHANGE
  • CBF NC Board Member


Reverend Willard Bass, Jr. is married to Shirley Lewis Bass for 38 years. They have three children: Kenya, Willard III and Fumisho.


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