Rev. Michael Malcom
MDiv, MBA, Executive Director
The Reverend Michael Malcom is the Executive Director of Alabama Interfaith Power and Light and a licensed and ordained United Church of Christ Minister. Rev Malcom is the former Senior Pastor of Rush Memorial Congregational UCC in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder of The People’s Justice Council which is a 501(c)3 non-profit focusing on environmental justice. Rev Malcom serves as the Environmental Justice Minister for the Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is a board member for the Southeast Climate and Energy Network.
Rev Malcom’s academic journey began at Beulah Heights University where he graduated in May 2008 with an undergraduate in Biblical Education and Leadership. He was accepted to and began attending The Interdenominational Theological Center where he earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 2011. To help him in the role of a pastor he completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education at The Atlanta VA Medical Center and AnMed Health Hospital in Anderson, SC. In May of 2016, Rev Malcom graduated from the Terry School of Business MBA program at the University of Georgia. In October of 2017, he completed a post master’s human resource management course at Cornell University. In 2019 he completed the Convergence Leader Project with the Center for Progressive Renewal and the Just Energy Academy with Partnership for Southern Equity.
He considers himself an impassioned environmental justice advocate, fighting against environmental racism and injustice. He's heard, believes, and evangelizes the message of environmental justice. Rev Malcom does this through education and advocacy from a faith-based perspective. He sees environmental justice as the moral obligation to love your neighbor and the solution to the climate crisis. Rev Malcom says, "There can be no environmentalism without environmental justice. If you help the people, you'll heal the planet."
Turethia Malcom is a lead cardiac sonographer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Emory Midtown in Atlanta, Ga. Turethia has served in the Christian church for over 15 years through volunteer work and community service. Through her work as a cardiac sonographer, she has seen the harmful effects that climate does to the raspatory system and it has become her passion to get involved with mitigating the harmful effects of air pollution.
Turethia is a graduate of Sanford Brown College and is currently enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham pursuing a Master in Public Health.
Daniel Tait is the Technical Director of Energy Alabama, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization accelerating Alabama’s transition to sustainable energy through education, advocacy, and technical assistance. Mr. Tait also serves as a Research and Communications Manager for the Energy and Policy Institute.
Mr. Tait was named the 2015 International Young Energy Professional of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers and he serves on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Energy Efficiency Information Exchange Council. He volunteers for Energy Huntsville and acts as Treasurer of the Association of Energy Engineers, Huntsville Chapter.
He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a degree in International Trade and Foreign Language.
Kyle G. Crider
Kyle G. Crider holds a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Alabama’s innovative and interdisciplinary New College. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from UAB, with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis.
He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND) and serves on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Alabama Market Leadership Advisory Board. He attends Saint Junia United Methodist Church.