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Pastors Petition for Prayer, Healing and Equal Justice in Response to Minneapolis Tragedy

As pastors of our respective cities from “every color, every corner” we are charged with providing spiritual leadership and guidance to our respective congregations as well as to the greater community and city leaders, we believe that the tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer fully warrants the federal investigation underway involving the U.S. District Attorney, FBI, Minnesota state law enforcement, all as actively supported by President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

This individual incident appears to be the indefensible aggression by a law enforcement officer against a citizen who retained his “inalienable rights” both human and constitutional until a court of law were to decide otherwise, with this act leading to the death and apparent murder of Mr. Floyd.  The underlying facts of this incident, the officers involved, the culture of the Minneapolis Police Department and other relevant data must and will be revealed in due time and we trust justice will be served. 

 The greater issues, however, that are relevant to all such incidents in all cities require immediate, thoughtful, prayerful and thorough conversation leading to strategic action involving church, community, civic and political leaders with every law enforcement agency at the table.  We can no longer tolerate racism in any form and it is long past time for healing among all colors and elimination of any unjust or wrongful disparities based on skin color.  We cannot allow single incidents to be used by opportunists who would use them to create violence, destruction, or division, yet neither should peaceful protest be suppressed.  We also cannot be silent when critical, ongoing issues of equal justice for all remain unresolved, whether real or perceived.

We are called to seek the peace and welfare of the city in which our God placed us to shepherd and we believe that His standard of equal justice based on the truth that all mankind are created in His likeness is inviolable, yet often we miss the mark in our imperfect system involving the imperfect “We the People.”  The badge and weapon of law enforcement are a sacred trust of authority that begin with God himself delegating His authority to govern to the people that we choose through elections to make and then enforce laws based on that authority.  Abuse of that trust is even more grievous to God than the violation of the laws, neither leading to the good and welfare of the people.

We therefore call for a working strategic summit in every city involving our pastors of “every color, every corner” of our community representing credible voices and our city, county and state law enforcement officials and policy makers.  The initial objective is a better, closer working cooperation to address underlying spiritual, social, moral and legal issues leading to decay and crime, standing with and praying for those who serve us in law enforcement and constantly assuring accountability by those officers to the standards of their oath as well as to the highest law that directs us to “Do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.”  It is time we truly follow Jesus’ expression of the greatest commandments, to love God and love our neighbor.

The undersigned members of the clergy (updated 6.10.20):

Rev. F.N. Williams Sr., Antioch Missionary Baptist Church; President, Ministers Against Crime, Houston

Pastor Edwin Young, Second Baptist Church, Houston

Pastor Steve Riggle, Grace Woodlands, Spring

Rev. Willie Davis, The Palm Community Baptist Church, Houston

Pastor Wendell Hutchins, Church of Champions, Houston

Pastor Tim Barker, South Texas District, Assemblies of God

Dr. Mark Hartman, Sugar Creek Baptist, Sugar Land

Pastor Jerry Martin, Light of the World Christian Fellowship, Humble

Pastor Garrett Booth, Grace Church, Houston

Dr. Hernan Castano, Iglesia Rios de Aceite, Houston

Dr. David Fannin, Nassau Bay Baptist, Nassau Bay

Pastor Gregg Matte, Houston’s First Baptist Church, Houston

Bishop Sterling Lands II, Greater Calvary Bible Church, Austin

Pastor Elmo Johnson, Rose of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, Houston

Pastor John McCrutcheon, Joint Heirs Fellowship, Houston

Pastor Julissa Medellin, Iglesia Monte de Salvacion, Houston

Pastor Linda Bilton, River of Life Christian Fellowship, Clifton

Pastor Edward Chung, Redemption Bible Church, Houston

Dr. Hector Gonzales, Iglesia Santa Sion, Houston

Pastor Ving Cing, Lighthouse Myanmar Mission Church, Austin

Pastor Andrew Wilson, Trinity Church, Beaumont

Pastor Phillip Miller, First Baptist, Port O’Connor

Pastor Bezabih Banty, Bethesaida International Church, Houston

Pastor Randy Clark, Triumph Church, Nederland

Pastor James Clark, First Baptist Church, Tomball

Pastor Howard Cameron, Trinity Church, Beaumont

Pastor Eric Jordan, A Breath of Praise Community Church, Round Rock

Pastor Shannon Oliver, Calvary Missionary Baptist, Houston

Pastor Clay Bowers, Northside Baptist, Texas City

Pastor Darrell Horn, San Antonio Baptist

Pastor Tim Franklin, The Connection, Texas City

Pastor Barbara Bucklin, Luke 418 Ministries

Pastor Kevin Frederick, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Houston

Pastor Ed Seay, First Baptist Church, Magnolia

Rev. James Flag, First United Methodist Church, Humble

Pastor Ken Sinclair, Faith Lutheran Church, Sugar Land

Pastor Andre Jones, Cullen Missionary Baptist Church, Houston

Dr. Edward Buford, Sunrise Church, Houston

Pastor Michael Pender, Fallbrook Church, Houston

Pastor Ronald Holmes, Church of the Open Door, Waco

Pastor Micah Evans, Crossroads Church, Austin

Pastor Phillip Miller, First Baptist Church, Port O’Connor

Pastor Wayne Hanks, First at Firewheel Church, Garland

Pastor Paco Garcia, Plataforma Hispana de Oracion, San Antonio

Pastor Steven Branson, Village Parkway Baptist Church, San Antonio

Rev. Bill Owens, Coalition of African American Pastors, Henderson, NV

Archbishop Sterling Lands II, Greater Calvary Bible Church, Austin

Dr. Mary Bostrom, Ken Bostrom Ministries, Texas City

Pastor Scott Jones, Grace Church, Humble

Pastor Michael McReynolds, Church on the Hill, Hillsboro

Pastor Rebekah Kirschke, Covenant Life Restoration Church, Hungerford

Pastor Darold DeHart, New Life Assembly, Houston

Pastor Oseas Portillo, Tabernaculo Cristiano Torre Fuerte, Houston

Dr. Claudette Morgan-Scott, Shiloh Worship Center, Belton

Pastor Deborah Prihoda, Embassy Assembly of God, Rosenberg

Pastor Stu Johnson, Grace Community Church, Spring

Pastor Carlos Gonzales, El Shaddai Ministries, Houston

Pastor Kevin Knudson, Life Church of Big Spring, Big Spring

Dr. Jay Gross, West Conroe Baptist Church, Conroe

Pastor Craig Hayes, CrossingPoint Christian Church, Rosharon

Pastor Stan Harris, Concord Church, Giddings

Pastor Dan Wooldridge, Crestview Baptist Church, Georgetown

Pastor Arthur Sneed II, South Austin Community Church, Austin

Pastor Ken Werlein, Faithbridge Church, Spring

Rev. Brandon Brewer, First Assembly of God, Highlands

Dr. Burt Palmer, Kingwood United Methodist Church, Kingwood

Bishop Bob Jayne, Southwest Texas District Pentecostal Church of God, San Marcos

Dr. Samuel Massie, Real Life Christian Church, Houston

Pastor Doug Walker, Legacy Church, Buda

Pastor Jim Seratt, Grace Community Church, Vidor

Pastor Jeff Whitson, Centro de Amistad Church, Round Rock

Pastor Mark Falls, Double Portion Baptist Church, Houston

Rev. Rose Montelongo, Mid Valley Assembly, Weslaco

Rev. Ebeneezer Anene, Prophetic Awareness & Healing Ministries, Houston

Dr. Laeticia Anene, Prophetic Awareness & Healing Ministries, Houston

Pastor Khanh Huynh, VBC Houston, Houston

Bishop Hughes Jenkins, New Abundant Life,  Missouri City

Pastor Gene Loeffler, River of Life Church, San Antonio

Pastor Joel Nabors, Faith Assembly of God, Lumberton

Dr. Anthony Clark, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Beaumont

Pastor Penny Cruz, Journey Church, McAllen

Pastor Eric Jordan, A Breath of Praise Community Church, Round Rock

Bishop Don Wiehe, South Texas Assemblies of God Ministries, Houston

Rev. Aaron Lytle, Oikos Church, Houston

Pastor Cliff Reiff, Rice Temple Baptist Church, Houston

Bishop Brenda Perry, New Life Temple Church, Houston

Pastor Tom Battle, The Lord’s Glory Church, Humble

Pastor Dale Smith, Cy-Fair Christian Church, Houston

Pastor Harriett Jones, Saving Grace Christian Bible Fellowship, Georgetown

Pastor Kevin Johnson, Strength Church, Lakewood, CA

Pastor Bruce Craft, Braeswood Church, Houston

Pastor Ron Hindt, Calvary Church, Houston

Dr. David Pope, The Kingdom Way Church, Houston

Pastor Keith Pennington, Silsbee First Assembly of God, Silsbee, AL

Pastor Cody Ochoa, Church of the Open Door, Waco

Dr. David Pope, the Kingdom Way Church, Houston

Pastor Ron Hindt, Calvary Church Houston, Friendswood

Pastor Bruce Craft, Braeswood Church, Houston

Pastor Kevin Johnson, Strength Church, Lakewood

Harriett Jones, Saving Grace Christian Bible Fellowship, Houston

Pastor Dale Smith, Cy-Fair Christian Church, Houston

Pastor Josh Bruffey, Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church, Houston

Pastor Kevin Gallemore, Cy-Fair Christian Church, Houston

Bishop JR Rodriguez, Vida City Church, Houston

Dr. Irvin Barrett, Sun Light Baptist, Beaumont

Pastor Stephen Banning, Braeswood Church, Houston

Pastor Jorge Tovar, Jordan River Church, Laredo

Bishop Arlandus Chimney, the Promise Community Church, Nacogdoches

Pastor Christopher Wallace, Restoration Bible Church, Kyle

Pastor Cedric Johnson, Destiny Church, Clute

Pastor Pete Patterson, Renew Church, Waco

Bishop Calvin Hooper, Household of Faith Christian Fellowship, Round Rock

Pastor Johnny Teague, Church at the Cross, Houston

Pastor David Kelly, Trinity Worship Center, Corpus Christi

Bishop Dr. Jeffrey Hollins, Greater Strength Church Ministries, Manor

Bishop Dr. Macheo Boulding-Delegraentiss, D.C. Greatness Centers Int’l, Houston

Dr. Magda Hermida, Magda Hermida Ministries, Houston

Pastor John Sherrill, Declaration Church, Spring

Pastor Martin Fadden, Rhema Ministries, Pasadena

Dr. Rogelio Lopez, Primera Iglesia del Nazareno, Channelview

Pastor Panha Mey, Cambodian Baptist Church of Houston, Houston

Dr. Steve Washburn, First Baptist Church, Pflugerville

Pastor Jeff Wuertz, Faith Lutheran Church, Sugar Land

Pastor Tom Gutierrez, Viento Fuerte Church, Woodway

Pastor DeChard Freeman, Abundant Life Church, Pflugerville

Pastor Stephen Caddell, Live the Life Church, San Antonio

Pastor Byron Fulk, Faith Community Church, Bayou Vista

Pastor Phillip Clements, Trinity Faith Church, Katy

Pastor Gerald Shanks, Mary Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Houston

Rev. Jonathan Suber, Oasis church, Round Rock

Pastor Lee Yarbrough, Neighborhood Baptist Church, Austin

Pastor Harold Welch, Primera Baptist Church, Bastrop

Pastor Moses Adedipe, Christ Apostolic Church Revival Center, Houston

Pastor Bill Faulk, Sienna Ranch Baptist Church, Missouri City

Pastor David Gomez, New Life Fellowship, Galveston

Pastor Garry Blackmon, Crossway Christian Fellowship, Houston

Pastor Carlos Garzon, Roca Vida, Living Rock, San Antonio

Pastor Mark Dean, Sienna Ranch Baptist Church, Missouri City

Pastor Jimmy Witcher, Trinity Fellowship, Amarillo

Pastor R. Lynn Snider, First Baptist Rosehill, Tomball

Dr. T. Leon Preston II, Yale Street Baptist Church, Houston

Dr. Robert Dean, West Houston Bible Church, Houston

Pastor Ernest Stiggers, Emmanuel New Life Fellowship, Dallas

Bishop Dr. Paul Freeman, Church of God in Christ Int’l, Dallas

Pastor Brad Drake, Dayspring Church, Santa Fe

Pastor David Martin, Heart of Texas House of Prayer, Georgetown

Pastor Timothy Stroup, Crosswind Community Church, Palmdale

Pastor Herb Moffett, Restoring God’s Family Ministry, Leander

Pastor Jay Burnett, Calvary Chapel Assembly of God, Pasadena

Pastor Jimmy Pritchard, First Baptist Church, Forney

Pastor Darrell Horn, San Antonio Baptist Association, San Antonio

Pastor Bryan Moore, First Methodist Church, Conroe

Pastor Larry Emerson, North Central Church, Spring

Rev. John Faleye, Braeswood Church, Houston

Dr. Douglas Richnow, St. John the Devine, Houston

Dr. Luis Gomez, Global Advance Church Ministry, Houston

Dr. Korey Gomez, Global Advance Church Ministry, Houston

Pastor Joseph Montalvo, Centro de Discipulado Church, Houston

Yes, I am a pastor and please add my name to the petition:
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