In 2007, Rev. Cosby founded and now serves as Senior Pastor of In the Spirit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with five people in her living room. The church has since grown to a viable community of worshippers and is located at 1020 South Garnett Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is a diverse congregation that seeks to live out its vision to “impact and transform individuals and families by teaching practical biblical principles that can be applied to everyday life.” The church offers a variety of ministries for all ages groups and is an active presence in the community.
To further the churches vision, Oklahoma Family Empowerment Center (OFEC), a counseling and social justice outreach, was founded in 2012. Under her direction OFEC offers many services including homeless outreach, food pantry, at risk youth programming, seniors, parenting and more.
Rev. Cosby has over 14 years of hospice experience, serving as a chaplain, bereavement counselor and ultimately the Director of Pastoral Care and “We Honor Veterans” where she led the bereavement counselors and chaplains, to ensure exceptional pastoral care for hospice patients and their families. As coordinator of the “We Honor Veterans” program, she oversaw the provision of enhanced end-of-life care for veterans.a significant record working with vulnerable populations and holds the designation of Board Certified Clinical Chaplain with the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains.
Pastor Cosby was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma were she graduated from Northeast High School. After attending Oklahoma University, Norman, Oklahoma she moved to Tulsa. She holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Oklahoma and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Ministry, with a concentration Pastoral Leadership and Social Justice.
As a woman of vision and passion, Rev. Cosby is recognized for her leadership, integrity, and compassion for all, especially the marginalized. As an advocate for those whose voices have been silenced; she has served on various boards and commissions including, but not limited to: the Mayors Commission on the Status of Women, Oklahoma Department of Corrections Community Advisory Board, Tulsa Interfaith Alliance, and Abba’s Family Housing Faith Alliance. Additionally, she has received numerous awards and honors for her work in the criminal justice system, prison reintegration, juvenile justice and the mental health community.
While Pastor Cosby is known for her gifts of preaching, teaching, directing, community advocacy and writing and is a well sought after speaker and lecturer; she says, “I am most grateful that God has blessed me to be a mother and grandmother, but my greatest accomplishment is being God’s servant.”