A Q&A with Rev. Dr. Alex Gee

The Fountain of Life Covenant Church pastor on how he keeps the faith

Photo by Adam Ryan Morris

Describe your job in one sentence.
Inspiring hope and transformation on personal, organizational and societal levels.

What’s your best trait?
Three-way tie [laughs]: Compassion, humor and networking skills.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy doing the bulk of the grocery shopping and cooking in my home.

What song gets the most play on your iPod?
Anything by Fred Hammond.

Favorite food?
Soul food when I’m home. Korean food when I’m on the road.

On what do you scrimp and on what do you splurge?
I scrimp on clothes and splurge on my technological gadgets.

What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
While attending a conference in Southern California I let friends talk me into skydiving—13,000 feet.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Trust your gut more than any propaganda.

What goals are you currently working on? 
Creating a six-acre cultural campus on Madison’s south side that’ll host Fountain of Life Church, The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, The South Madison Center for Culture and Community, community gardens, a pre-K program for African American boys; as well as demolishing the old carwash on West Badger Road and creating a soccer/flag-football field for multicultural youth.

What makes you cringe?
Children who die unnecessarily because of inner-city violence, domestic violence, unclean water, hunger and treatable diseases.

What’s most needed in your job?
A true sense of calling. Faith to see what isn’t present … yet. Hope to stay anchored when others refuse to see the injustice that you seek to destroy. A heart for all people and the confidence to believe that everyone can serve a greater purpose.

What does Madison mean to you?
A place where my single mother could escape to and discover her dreams of obtaining a college degree and place where her two young children could find their significance.

Who’s been your greatest inspiration, and why?
Jesus Christ. His selfless living and intentional association with the disenfranchised really inspire me.

What are your proudest professional accomplishments?
Obtaining my doctorate. Creating Nehemiah, a community nonprofit, twenty-one years ago. Being invited to teach a Bible class to staff at the White House.

Gee is the pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church and president and founder of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Development. Find more information at folmadison.org and nehemiah.org.

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