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Biden Campaign Press Release - Joe Biden's South Carolina Faith Coalition Grows to More than 100 Pastors and Faith Leaders

December 18, 2019

Today, Biden for President is announcing 62 South Carolina pastors and faith leaders are endorsing Joe Biden for President of the United States. The latest endorsements join 43 previously announced faith leaders, growing Biden's faith coalition to 105 pastors and faith leaders from every region of the state.

"A faith coalition this broad is unprecedented and isn't limited to one denomination," said Rev. Michael McClain, South Carolina Faith Outreach Director, Biden for President. "South Carolina pastors and faith leaders are uniting around Joe Biden in record numbers because the very soul of our nation is at stake in this election and they know he is the only one who can restore it. In Joe Biden they see a leader who cares first about the least of these."

"Our faith coalition will be critical to our campaign in the final 80 days before election day," said Kendall Corley, South Carolina State Director, Biden for President. "Grassroots organizing in South Carolina often starts in the faith community. This unprecedented number of pastors and faith leaders supporting Joe Biden will undoubtedly give us a strong advantage on the ground."

Today's new endorsements include:

  • Rev. Rebecca Asbell, Providence AME, Little Mountain
  • Rev. Willie Black, Bailey Bethel AME, Abbeville
  • Rev. J. Martin Bouler Sr., Red Oak AME Zion, Edgemoor
  • Rev. Tony Boyce, Mount Emmanuel Baptist, Greenville
  • Rev. Cecil Bromell, Macedonia Missionary Baptist, Darlington
  • Rev. Cynthia Brown, Joseph B. Bethea UMC, Myrtle Beach
  • Rev. Michael Buckson, Cedar Grove AME, Orangeburg
  • Dr. Walter Butler, St. Paul Missionary Baptist, Lexington
  • Rev. Michael Butler, New Hope Baptist, Greenwood
  • Bishop C.K. Butler, Sr., The House of God North Union Heights, North Charleston
  • Rev. Coleman Cannon, Cedar Fall Baptist, Blenheim
  • Dr. Ralph Canty, Savannah Grove Baptist, Effingham
  • Rev. Gayle Coker, Trinity Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Johnny Davis, Weeping Willow Baptist, Marion
  • Rev. Eddie Davis, Little Zion Baptist, Blythewood
  • Rev. Michell Dickerson-Washington, Daughters of Destiny Women's Alliance Ministries, Mullins
  • Rev. Otis Dorsey, Mount Ararat AME, Nesmith
  • Rev. James Dukes, Olive Branch Baptist, North Augusta
  • Rev. Rodney Edmond, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist, Edgefield
  • Rev. Annette Edwards, Old Field Bethel AME, Greenwood
  • Rev. Ricky Ezell, Central Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Yvonne Feaster, St. John AME, Winnsboro
  • Bishop Kenny Foxworth, Abundant Life Church of the Living God, Loris
  • Rev. Thomas Gibson, St. Matthews Baptist, Eastover
  • Rev. Eric Ginyard, Shady Grove AME, Blythewood
  • Rev. Anne Godfrey, Greater St. James AME, Conway
  • Rev. Amos O. Harling, Jr., St. Mark Missionary Baptist, Leesville
  • Rev. Mack T. Hines, St. Paul Baptist, Mullins
  • Bishop Frederick James, Columbia
  • Rev. William Johnson, Taw Caw Baptist, Summerton
  • Rev. Milton Key, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Bowling Green
  • Rev. Marcus King, Metropolitan AME Zion, Gaffney
  • Rev. Clifford Levine, Bethel AME, Ravenel
  • Rev. Jose Lozamo, New Hope AME, Pinewood
  • Rev. Melvin Mack, Rafting Creek Baptist, Rembert
  • Bishop Oliver T. McCray, Morris Chapel Baptist, Greenwood
  • Rev. Ronald McFadden, Bethany AME, Jonesville
  • Rev. Eddie Moore, St. John Baptist, Camden
  • Rev. Raye Nelson, St. Luke AME, Lone Star
  • Rev. James Oliver, Shiloh AME, Manning
  • Rev. Jatorin Owens, Sr., First Seewee Missionary Baptist, Awendaw
  • Rev. Tony Paige, Tabernacle AME, Marion
  • Rev. Ray Pilgrim, St. Vaughnville Baptist, Chappells
  • Rev. Jimmy L. Ravenel Sr., Charity AME, Huger
  • Rev. McKinley Ravenell, Elem Missionary Baptist, Eutawville
  • Rev. A.C. Robbinson, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Marion
  • Dr. William Salley, Jerusalem Baptist, Charleston
  • Rev. Milton E. Scott, New Home Baptist, Moncks Corner
  • Rev. Thessa Smith, Trinity, Mt. Carmel and Mays UMC, Greenwood
  • Dr. Hirm Spain, St Mark Baptist Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Eugene Thomas, Pleasant Grove Baptist, Darlington
  • Rev. Freddie Thomas, Mount Bethel Baptist, Rembert
  • Rev. Johnny Vereen, St. Luke AME, Georgetown
  • Rev. Jesse Washington, Zion Chapel Baptist #1, Columbia
  • Rev. Danny Webb, Old Mount Zion Baptist, Greenwood
  • Presiding Elder Reid R.White, Jr., AME Zion Palmetto Conference, Camden-Columbia District, Columbia
  • Dr. Ronnie Williams, Generostee Baptist, Starr
  • Rev. Arnold Williams, Thankful Baptist, Bamberg
  • Presiding Elder Victor C. Wilson, AME Zion Palmetto Conference, Spartanburg District, Spartanburg
  • Rev. Forrest Woodard, Sr., Wilson Chapel AME Zion, Sharon
  • Rev. Darryl Woodberry, Mount Zion AME Church, Little River
  • Rev. Gregory Young, Mount Pisgah Baptist, Orangeburg

Previously announced members of Joe Biden's South Carolina Faith Coalition include:

  • Rev. J. Thomas Barber, Boyd Hill Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Ronnie Baxter, Union Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. T.A. Belton, Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Assoc. Minister Janice Belton-Byrd, Zion Pilgrim Baptist, Winnsboro
  • Elder Jennifer Bishop, First Lady, Grace Christian Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Aderia Black, Mt. Hermon Missionary Baptist, Bishopville
  • Rev. Dr. James Blassingame, Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist, Sumter
  • Rev. Dr. William Franklin Blue, Great Joy Baptist, McConnells
  • Rev. Charles L. Booker Jr., Mt. DoWell Baptist, McConnells
  • Rev. Damein Boyles, Retired, Columbia
  • Rev. Bernard Brown, Jerusalem Baptist, North Charleston
  • Presiding Elder Sharon Browning, New Rock Hill District AME Zion, Rock Hill
  • Rev. William Buie, First Calvary Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Reginald Byrden, Grace Fellowship Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Travien Capers, Zion Benevolent Baptist Church, Hopkins
  • Rev. Kenneth Cauthen, Mt. Nebo Baptist, Lancaster
  • Rev. James L. Coleman Jr., Second Calvary Baptist, Lancaster
  • Rev. James Durant, New Mt. Olive Baptist, Gadsden
  • Rev. Henry L. Edmonds, Union Baptist, Columbia
  • Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Floyd, Retired, Former President of Conway NAACP, Conway
  • Rev. Larry Floyd, Weeping Mary, McConnells
  • Rev. Dr. D.L. Grant, New Israel Baptist and Chapel Hill Baptist, Santee
  • Rev. Larkin Hancock, Bethlehem Baptist, Chester
  • Rev. Ina Culp Harris, Chestnut Grove AME Zion, Chester
  • Rev. Darrell Jackson, Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, Columbia
  • Rev. David Jackson, Goodwill Baptist, Eastover
  • Dr. Sheila Koger, Sheila Koger Ministries, Columbia
  • Rev. Paulette Leak, Mt. Zion AME, Lancaster
  • Rev. Dr. John. T. McCoy, Nazareth Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Rev. George A. McCoy, Gold Hill Baptist, York
  • Rev. Debra Nash, James Chapel Baptist, Fort Mill
  • Rev. Johnny Ray Noble, Second Nazareth Baptist Church, Columbia
  • Rev. Lavenia Pride, Mt. Airwell Baptist, Blackstock
  • Rev. Ira Roddey, Retired, Rock Hill
  • Rev. Dr. J.W. Sanders Jr., Bethel Baptist, Gaffney
  • Rev. Timothy Simmons, Oak Grove Baptist, North Charleston
  • Rev. Sandra Sistare, Steel Hill AME Zion, Lancaster
  • Rev. Joe H. Steve Jr., Good Hope Missionary Baptist, Estill
  • Pastor Earl Stringfellow, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist, Fort Lawn
  • Reverend McKinley Washington, Retired and Former State Senator, Edisto Island
  • Pastor Dr. Lavern Witherspoon, Prodigal AME, Retired Prison Chaplain, Swansea
  • Pastor Charles Woods, Ebenezer Baptist, Rock Hill
  • Reverend Al Yates, Retired, Rock Hill

Today's new faith leader endorsers have added their voices to a growing chorus of public support for Joe Biden's campaign. They have joined more than 20 current and former state legislators, 11 mayors, and dozens of other community leaders across South Carolina who are publicly backing Joe Biden. Nationally, Biden for President has announced more than 900 endorsements from national, state and local leaders, including current and former U.S. senators and representatives, governors, state elected officials, community leaders, and national security professionals.

Joseph R. Biden, Biden Campaign Press Release - Joe Biden's South Carolina Faith Coalition Grows to More than 100 Pastors and Faith Leaders Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/366552

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