Reverend Itang H. Young is one of the most prolific and eloquent preachers of the gospel in this generation. While gaining recognition as an emerging leader in the international ecumenical community, Rev. Young has dedicated much of her time and talents towards advocating for women and girls in marginalized communities. She continues to fuel her commitment to social activism and global engagement by presenting on women-related issues both locally and internationally. Most recently, Rev. Young was selected to attend the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change in Paris, France, where she will be presenting on the ethical, scientific, social, political and theological dimensions of climate change. In May 2012, Rev. Young was featured in the PBS Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly segment on “Women and Theology in Ministry.” She was also featured in “BibleGirls: Faith and Fullview,” an animated film that offered insight into the spiritual needs of the modern day woman. In addition to a myriad of honors, Rev. Young currently serves as a board member for Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit and World Day of Prayer USA. Rev. Young first took to a public platform on women’s issues when she was crowned Miss Black Houston 2004. In this capacity, she used her platform to advocate for the holistic development and educational equality for young women and girls in communities of color.
Rev. Young currently serves as the Assistant Minister for Youth at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York. Over the last decade, Rev. Young has worked tirelessly to assist in providing positive outcomes for youth across the country through her service with a host of host of organizations, including the Children’s Defense Fund and the United States Marshals Gang Resistance Education and Training Program Initiative (GREAT). Her continued mission, through the FIYAH (Freely Inspiring Youth to Achieve & Hope) youth program, is to create spaces that encourage and holistically engage youth in realizing their dreams and hopes for the future, while helping them to form strong identities in Christ. For her, working with youth is not only a passion, but a gift.
Prior to her ministerial pursuits, Rev. Young earned a B.S in Industrial Distribution Engineering from Texas A&M University. She was also afforded the opportunity to study in France, England, and Mexico, while receiving a certificate in Business, Law and Diplomacy from Moscow State University in Moscow (Russia). Her education and training allowed her to work as an engineer with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, after completing internships at NASA Johnson Space Center in the International Partners and Shuttle Engineering Offices, and Texas Instruments, Inc. After a rewarding career, she left corporate America to pursue her call to theological education. In 2009, Rev. Young graduated Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a M. Div. degree in Pastoral Care and Theology. During her seminary experience, Rev. Young was licensed to preach by the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III at The Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York.
Born in Beaumont, Texas and raised in Houston, Rev. Young proudly represents her bi-cultural African-American and Nigerian heritage. Rev. Young enjoys dancing, cooking, woodworking, reading, and traveling. She is an avid lover of the arts and all things cultural. Rev. Young currently resides in Harlem, New York.
- Presenter: 2015 United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change (Paris, France)
- 2015 Honoree: Women who Nurture the Church and Community; presented by Harlem News & Health First
- Featured in the upcoming film BibleGirls: Faith and Fullview
- 2014 Recipient: The Spirit of Appreciation Award – Celebrating Women Who Inspire & Empower; presented by Sister to Sister: One In the Spirit Inc.
- Featured in the PBS Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly segment on Women and Theology in Ministry
- 2004 Miss Black Houston
Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit (Board Member)
The Young Women’s Leadership Experience at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
Church Women United, Inc.
The National Council of Churches
Ecumenical Women at the United Nations
Religions for Peace USA
Youth Turning Lives Around (UthTurn-NY)
World Day of Prayer USA
Supportive Children’s Advocacy Network
M. Div. in Pastoral Care and Theology: Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2009)
B.S. in Industrial Distribution Engineering; Texas A&M University (2006)
Certificate in Business, Law and Diplomacy; Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia)
- Continuing Education at various universities in France, England and Mexico.