Earl Exum was born in Rosedale/Laurelton, Queens, New York. His mother was Catholic, and his father was Protestant. However, he chose his own Protestant path by attending a church that was walking distance from his home that neither of his parents attended. He was active in the church choir and youth groups, so his parents decided that, as long he was voluntarily and enthusiastically attending church, they would accept his choice of church. His devoted mother and grandmother were important influences in his Christian faith.
When Earl and his young family moved to West Hartford from Texas, they searched for a church home in the Greater Hartford area. The family spent many years in the South and Southwest and found it challenging to find a church in Connecticut with the rich southern traditions and gospel music to which they were accustomed. After an invitation from a friend who was a member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church, they became regular attendees in 1999 – primarily because the children liked the Spirit Hill Sunday School program and the children and family ministries. Before joining the church, Earl was a shepherd in the Spirit Hill program and served ex-officio on the Children & Family Ministries Committee. Earl became a member of AHCC in 2009 and since that time has served on the diaconate as a deacon-at-large, co-led a stewardship campaign with his wife, served on the Administration & Finance Committee, and on the Executive Committee. He’s led the Nomination & Governance Committee, as well as several task forces and projects, prior to, and during, his service as vice moderator.
Earl accepted the role as vice moderator at a time when the church was in the midst of leadership changes. He felt a calling to play a supportive role through the transition in hopes that the church would carry on the legacy of spiritual leadership and community engagement. He believes the church is emerging even more energized and prepared to do God’s will. He is inspired by the brilliant and spirit-filled clergy, and by the talent and dedication of the lay leadership.
Earl is a senior executive at a Fortune 500 aerospace company and is active in his community. Among his volunteer commitments, he is president of the West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization (WHAASCO). He is a long-time board member of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, a member of the Executive Leadership Council, and currently on the Board of Advisors for the Supply Chain Management program at the Howard University Business School. He was president of the board of directors for WHC-TV in West Hartford, CT.
Earl lives in West Hartford with his wife Tammy and their three sons – Evan, Kyle, and Jonathan. Earl loves to read non-fiction, and his favorite things to do are to spend time with friends and family.