Herb H. Lusk


Pastor Herbert H. Lusk

Pastor Herbert H. Lusk (on right)

From Memphis to Monterey (CA) to Philadelphia, Pastor Herbert H. Lusk, II has committed himself ever increasingly to service to those in need: the jobless, the homeless, the hungry, and those in prison, eventually even leaving his position as the "Praying Tail Back" on the Philadelphia Eagles team to become Pastor to an inner-city church that needed him very much.

Pastor Lusk has been the Senior Pastor of Greater Exodus Baptist Church in Philadelphia since 1982. Under his leadership the Church has experienced substantial growth (from 17 to 2000+ members.) Pastor Lusk was able to stabilize the church financially by eradicating the $1 million of existing debt when he assumed leadership, and he subsequently completed over $3.5 million in renovations and improvements to the church building, rendering it more conducive to its many social outreaches.

Pastor Lusk has emerged as a leader in the Faith Based Movement. Championing the role of faith-based organizations in leading community revitalization efforts, and because of his accomplishments, Pastor Lusk is honored to serve as advisor to President George W. Bush. He hosts regular evangelistic services with inner-city and suburban churches. The Christian Assistance Network (CAN) was born out of Pastor Lusk's ministry with suburban churches. Together they help meet the material needs of low-income individuals. Greater Exodus is also at the forefront of Faith-Based Community Economic Development in North Central Philadelphia.


Born in Memphis, TN, Herbert H. Lusk II moved to California at an early age. A second-generation preacher/teacher, Herbert is the son of the Reverend Herbert Lusk Sr., Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Monterey, CA. Saved at the age of 16, he became a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Herbert was an all-American Football Player while attending the University of California at Long Beach. He was the second-leading rusher in the country, reaching a single season total of 1,633 yards and 18 touchdowns.

As an NFL football player for the Philadelphia Eagles, Herb Lusk was nationally-recognized as the "Praying Tail Back" for his customary kneeling and praying in the end zone after each touchdown to give the honor and glory to God. In late 1979 he was led by God to leave the Philadelphia Eagles Football Club to study and prepare for the Ministry. Herb Lusk was not traded or cut by the Eagles, but left because he was compelled by the Spirit of God to do so in order to focus on full-time ministry.


Throughout his life, Pastor Lusk as received numerous awards and honors, but his most cherished honor is his gifted wife, Vickey; his two daughters, Laiah and Dannuelle; and his one son, Herbert H. Lusk, III.


To preach, April 13, 1980, under the guidance of Reverend Jerry William Daily and The First African Baptist Church, Sharon Hill, PA.


September 8, 1983, by the Monterey Bay Baptist Association, Monterey, CA.


  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Westminster Theological Seminary, May 2006
  • Graduate of the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Divinity.
  • Graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy College with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and Sociology.
  • Student at University of California at Long Beach.
  • Student at Monterey Peninsula College, 1972-1973; as a graduate of Monterey High School.
  • Attendant at workshops and seminars on varied subjects annually.

Professional and Board Affiliations

Pastor Lusk has and currently serves on the Board of a number of organizations including:

  • Presidential Advisor on Faith Based Initiatives
  • Chairman, Greater Philadelphia Healthy Marriage Coalition
  • Chairman, the Stand for Africa Crusade
  • Innovation Philadelphia
  • Eastern College (now Eastern University)
  • The Philadelphia Foundation, where he has worked with the Foundation and the Republican National
  • Convention to help organize the Good Neighbor Partnership Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Chaired Project Unity-a multi-cultural inter-faith group that raised $150,000 for churches in the south that were burned down
  • Red Cross