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Cruz Campaign Press Release - More than 50 Indiana Clergy and Pro-­Family Leaders Endorse Cruz

April 29, 2016

Indiana Pastors: "Ted Cruz Stands for Principles"

HOUSTON, Texas - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced the endorsements of more than 50 Indiana faith and family leaders, many of them clergy, in the Hoosier state. New supporters include the leaders of top pro­-family organizations, the Indiana Pastors' Alliance, and dozens of pastors. Catholic Vote, a national Catholic civic organization, endorsed Cruz last month.

"Ted Cruz speaks with clarity and conviction on the whole range of issues important to Hoosiers," said Curt Smith, President of the Indiana Family Institute. "We believe that America's greatness flows from her strong families, vibrant communities of faith, and commitment to religious liberty, and Ted Cruz is especially focused on these concerns. In Ted Cruz we see a strength and resolve which has become rare in American public life. Ted Cruz's core beliefs align well with Hoosiers' core beliefs and key concerns. But even more importantly, it is obvious that Ted Cruz will not compromise his values or principles when he is serving as our president."

"As a pastor, I appreciate the way Ted Cruz stands for principles instead of political expediency," said Ron Johnson, Executive Director of the Indiana Pastors' Alliance. "Ted Cruz is the only true outsider who has actually functioned as a leader, demonstrating in the Senate that he does what he says he will do. I've let my congregation know of my personal and public endorsement for Ted Cruz, and I have contacted all the pastors I know, encouraging them to join me in supporting Ted Cruz. People of faith have a biblical mandate ­- and a privilege -­ to elect men and women of integrity to public office."

"Ted Cruz is an unrelenting defender of unborn children and their mothers," said Cathie Humbarger, Vice President of Indiana Right to Life. "For those of us who have invested our lives in fighting for the civil rights issue of our day, this is our moment. A vote for Ted Cruz is a vote for women and the unborn!"

"We always encourage people to vote their values," said Micah Clark, Executive Director of the American Family Association of Indiana. "We encourage people of faith to look at a person's record. Ted Cruz is the only truly pro-­life, pro­-family, and pro-­religious freedom candidate for president, from either party. Ted Cruz is a true conservative champion for change."

"I am honored to earn the support of these leaders," said Ted Cruz. "Hoosiers want a president they can trust. They are eager to see sanity restored in Washington, and our message of jobs, freedom, and security is resonating. Carly Fiorina and I look forward to bringing common sense Hoosier values to Washington."

Cruz has earned the endorsement of the following Indiana clergy members and faith leaders:

Pastor Brent Arnold, The Local Church

Kevin Baird, Field Director, Indiana Pastors' Alliance

Pastor Peter Baugh, Dayspring Baptist Church

Josh Bertsch, Youth Minister, Trinity Evangelical Church, pro-­life activist

Pastor Daniel Binkley, Senior Pastor, North Manchester Missionary Church

Monica Boyer, President, Indiana Liberty Coalition

Pastor Garry Brackett, Executive Pastor, Grace Assembly of God

Pastor Wendell Brane, Trinity Evangelical Church

Pastor Timothy Bushong, Trinity Evangelical Church

Pastor Jerel Clanney, Victory Baptist Church

Micah Clark, Executive Director, American Family Association of Indiana

Pastor Jim Decamp, Retired Army Chaplain

Pastor Larry Delon, Smyrna Missionary Baptist

Elder Thomas Dettmer, Trinity Evangelical Church

Pastor Bob Dickey, Good Hope Baptist Church

Pastor Ron Garner, Bethel Church

Pastor Lawrence Gember, St. James Lutheran Church

Pastor Ed Groover, Bible Baptist Church

Pastor Curtis Hall, Maranatha Baptist Church

Pastor Kent Harting, Jamesville UME

Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director, Allen County Right to Life, Vice President,

Indiana Right to Life

Dr. Ronald Johnson, Executive Director, Indiana Pastors' Alliance, Senior Pastor, Living

Stones Church

Steven Jones, President, Missionary Church Inc.

Pastor John Jordon, First Baptist Church

Minister Gerald Kelley

Pastor Brian Kemp, First Baptist Church Kentland

Debi Ketron, Director of Government Affairs, Indiana Association of Home Educators

Pastor Johnny Kincaid

David Lantz, Former State Director, Indiana Christian Coalition, author, public speaker

Pastor Eddie Lapina, First Baptist Church of Hammond

Ryan McCann, Director of Operations, Indiana Family Institute

Pastor Donald Meyer, Church of the Nazarene

Pastor Timothy Morbitzer, Victory Christian Fellowship

Pastor Randall Morris, Shadeland Baptist Church

Pastor Scott Mosley, Grace Christian Church of Albion

Elder John Nelson, Trinity Evangelical Church

Pastor John Nichols, Senior Pastor, Victory Independent Baptist Church

Pastor Jason Oxendine, Executive Pastor, Heartland Christian Center

Minister David Parry, Church of God

Evangelist Andrew Phipps, Author and Speaker

Pastor Andy Price, BBB Church

Pastor Russell Reahard, South Pleasant U.M. Church

Pastor Kevin Scott Robertson, Mill Creek Baptist Church

Pastor Anthony Robles, Harvest Time Bible Church

Pastor Jerry Ross, Blessed Hope Baptist Church

Edward Russ, President, Faith Music Missions

Pastor Stephen Russ, Boeke Road Baptist Church

Dr. Peter Scaer, Professor, Concordia Theological Seminary

Pastor Rick Smail, New Life Church

Curt Smith, President, Indiana Family Institute

Pastor Wallace Thornton, Independent Nazarene Church

Eric Turner, Former Speaker Pro Tempore, Indiana House of Representatives, Associate

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Charles Ware, President, Crossroads Bible College

State Representative Timothy Wesco, Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church

Minister Alan Wojtrowiak, Former Pastor, Victory Christian Fellowship

*Titles and affiliations of all endorsers are provided for identification purposes only.

Ted Cruz, Cruz Campaign Press Release - More than 50 Indiana Clergy and Pro-­Family Leaders Endorse Cruz Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/318364

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