Summary: Rev. Sauder serves Faith in Place out of the Chicago office as the President & Executive Director. His passion for environmental justice motivates his work fundraising to grow the vision of Faith in Place.
He grew up in Illinois in rural Tazewell County and received his B.S. from the University of Illinois in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, M.A. in Religion from Urbana Theological Seminary, and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois. Rev. Sauder is ordained by the Mennonite Church U.S.A. and worships with Chicago Community Mennonite Church in East Garfield Park.
He started the Central Illinois office for Faith in Place in January 2010, where he served as the statewide Policy Director. Rev. Sauder became the President & Executive Director of Faith in Place out of the Chicago office in June 2014. He is also an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary, serves on the Board of the Illinois Environmental Council, and his work has been recognized as a 2012 award recipient of the University of Illinois's Business School's Community Scholar and as a 2013 Central IL Business 40 Under 40 winner.