The record-breaking turnout during the first few days of early voting has shown that voters in Georgia are engaged, excited, and ready to make their voices heard in the 2020 election. 

It also shows that many Georgians are concerned with the direction of our state and our country and that there is a desire for new, audacious, and progressive leadership. We know what’s at stake because we are living in the surreality of a year unrivaled by anything we’ve ever experienced. 

The COVID-19 global pandemic has proven the fragility of so much that we take for granted and has affirmed that without question – leadership matters.

As bishops, pastors, and faith leaders, many of us have been stretched beyond our perceived capacity to lead families and communities through the unprecedented chaos and calamity of 2020. We have endeavored to stay positive, encouraging and hopeful even as so many who look to us for guidance and assurance find themselves closer to the brink of financial, emotional, and mental ruin. 

Indeed, these are perilous times, but our faith teaches us that hope and optimism are always available to us if we earnestly and actively pursue it. A glimmer of hope can present itself in many forms but for this state and in this season, hope is personified by the opportunity to elect a transformational leader like the Rev. Raphael Warnock to the United States Senate.

We stand united behind Warnock because he is the principled and progressive leader that Georgia and this country needs. He will be an authentic and effective voice in the Senate. 

Warnock will be uncompromising in the fight to protect the interest of working families in our state and he will bring civility and grace to our politics which is too often divisive and vitriolic at the expense of progress. He competently wields the spirit of an activist with the heart of a bridge-builder. 

Warnock is steeped in the tradition of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Congressman John Lewis, and Fannie Lou Hamer to organize, strategize and mobilize those of goodwill in the pursuit of fairness, equity, and justice for those too often marginalized and unseen by our decision-makers. 

As a Pastor, he understands who and what he is fighting for; and he realizes that to achieve transformative progress for communities in need, it will take all of us working together and pulling together in one direction.

As Georgians from every corner of the state head to the polls in this election, we are blessed to have Warnock fighting for us. 

A Morehouse man, rooted in good Savannah soil, Warnock represents the next best opportunity to make real the promise of what Henry Grady and Maynard Jackson called, the New South, ripe with opportunity and prosperity for all God’s children. 

This is our moment to forge a new path, to illuminate a new perspective, and to turn up the volume with a new voice in DC – Raphael Warnock.

United in Faith for the Rev. Raphael Warnock  

  • Alonia Jones, Dream to Destiny Ministries Inc.
  • Bishop Frances V. Mills, Tabernacle of Faith Christian Church
  • Bishop Johnathan Alvarado, D.Min, Senior Pastor of Grace Church International
  • Bishop Kent Branch, Pilgrim Cathedral
  • Bishop Ruth W. Smith, Light of the World Covenant Fellowship Worldwide, Stockbridge, Ga.
  • Bishop William H. Murphy, III, The dReam Center Church of Atlanta
  • Dean, The Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops
  • Dr. Brian Keith Hodges, Gathering of Champions Church, Marietta, Ga.
  • Dr. Craig L. Oliver, Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church
  • Dr. Francys Georgia, Pastor in Statesboro, Georgia
  • Dr. Francys Johnson, Magnolia Baptist Church, Statesboro, Ga. 
  • Dr. Grace C. Washington, Pastor of Love Life Christian Fellowship Church
  • Dr. I. E. Mack, Pastor of Unionville Baptist Church
  • Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Senior Pastor, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church 
  • Dr. Martha Simmons
  • Hud J.A. Nation of Islam, Columbus, Georgia
  • Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, Ordained minister 
  • Ms. Armelia Cartier, Faith Leader and Activist for Hosea Williams Feed the Homeless
  • Pastor Bob Thompson, Founder Compassionate Atlanta
  • Pastor Charles Hamilton, Pastor of New Morning Light Baptist Church
  • Pastor Christine Chavis, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Pastor Emeritus Gerald Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist
  • Pastor Karl D. Moore, Clarkston First Baptist Church
  • Pastor Le’Zaire D. Reese, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church
  • Pastor Tyler Joshua Green, Founder/President of The United Churches of America
  • Pastor Wanda Ackles, Senior Pastor of New Directions Ministries
  • Pastor Will D. Hayes, Pastor Atlanta, Georgia
  • Rabbi Edward Harwitz, Head of school, Weber School
  • Rabbi Peter Berg, The Temple Atlanta
  • The Rev. Adrian Burgess, St. Mary’s Rd. United Methodist, Columbus, Georgia
  • The Rev. Adrian Chester, Greater Beallwood Baptist Church, Columbus, Ga.
  • The Rev. Adrienne Fenner, Clergy Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Alan Jenkins, Social activist and humanist Atlanta
  • The Rev. Allen Hollie, Green Forest Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • The Rev. Allison Henderson-Brooks, MDiv.
  • The Rev. Andre Osbourne, Savannah
  • The Rev. Andrea Franklin, True Vine Worship and Deliverance Center, Columbus, Georgia
  • The Rev. Annika Culbreath, Associate Pastor of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Antonio Grissom Sr., Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • The Rev. Basean Jackson, Lead Pastor of Fellowship of Love Church
  • The Rev. Bernard Clark, African Methodist Episcopal Church clergy
  • The Rev. Brady Radford, Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, Decatur, Ga. 
  • The Rev. Brandon Johnson, Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Rev. Brian Tillman
  • The Rev. Brittany Powell, Pastor and activist
  • The Rev. Burrell Billingslea, Seminarian ITC
  • The Rev. Candace White, Seminary graduate of ITC 2020
  • The Rev. Cassandry Redmond Keys, CME District Superintendent Greenville, SC
  • The Rev. Charles Fischer III, Episcopal clergy former Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal, Atlanta
  • The Rev. Chaz Gipson, Associate Pastor Beulah Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Cherry Devore, Clergy in Atlanta
  • The Rev. Rev. Chester Ellis, St. Paul Baptist Church, Savannah
  • The Rev. Christi Jackson, Associate Pastor of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church
  • The Rev. CJ White (President Emerita), Morehouse School of Religion Baptist Fellowship
  • The Rev. Clarence “Teddy” Williams Pilgrim Baptist Church, Savannah
  • The Rev. Curtis Crocker, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia
  • The Rev. Damon Byrd, clergy in Atlanta
  • The Rev. Danielle Brown, young activist and Pastor in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Rev. Deewoine Davis, seminarian Atlanta
  • The Rev. Dennis Patterson Jr., Priest-in-Charge at The Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Decatur, Ga.
  • The Rev. Dr. Andrew J. Young, II
  • The  Rev. Dr. Antoinette G. Alvarado, Pastor of Grace Church International
  • The Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ann Knight, Professor Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Rev. Dr. Charles E. Goodman Jr., Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Augusta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Dr. Clarence “Teddy” Williams, Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Pastor of Ray of Hope Disciples of Christ
  • The Rev. Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., Senior Pastor of Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church (House of Hope)
  • The Rev. Dr. Eric Wendel Lee Sr., D.min. Pastor of Springfield Baptist Church of Conyers, Georgia
  • The Rev. Dr. Joseph Williams, Senior Pastor of Salem Bible Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Joshua M. Noblitt, Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Dr. Kevin Murriel
  • The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr., Founding Dean of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
  • The Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson, Lead Pastor of East Point First Mallalieu UMC
  • The Rev. Dr. Olu Brown, Impact United Methodist, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Dr. Robert Brown, Savannah
  • The Rev. Dr. Steven N. Dial Sr., Rainbow Park Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. T. DeWitt Smith Jr., Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta.
  • The Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin Jr., Lutheran Pastor (ELCA) and Social Activist
  • The Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin Sr., Senior Pastor of Greater Piney Grove 
  • The Rev. Elisha Browder Gray, Evangelist Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Emmitt Anniton, Friendship Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia
  • The Rev. Eric Carswell, President of the Baptist Minister’s Union Laurens and surrounding counties
  • The Rev. Evita L. Smith, Pastor in Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Fred Douglass Taylor, Associate Pastor Trinity Baptist Church, Metro Atlanta.
  • The Rev. George Moore, clergy African Methodist Episcopal
  • The Rev. J. H. Flakes III, Fourth Street Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia
  • The Rev. Jennifer Watley, Maxell, Smyrna, Ga. 
  • The Rev. Jermaine A. Smith, Pastor in Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Joy Ricart Brown, retired United Methodist Pastor
  • The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, Associate Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Ga. 
  • The Rev. Kristie Roberts-Lewis, pastor in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Rev. Ladonna Williams, pastor in Atlanta, Georgia
  • The Rev. Leela Brown Waller, AME Pastor
  • The Rev. Marco George, First African Baptist Savannah
  • The Rev. Marion Brooks, Savannah
  • The Rev. Mark Lawrence, Mt. Olive Baptist Church (Fortson, Ga.)
  • The Rev. Markel Hutchins, Human & Civil Rights Activist 
  • The Rev. Matthew Jenkins, pastor of Greater Elizabeth Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Matthew Southall Brown Jr.
  • The Rev. Matthew Southall Brown Sr., Pastor Emeritus of St. John’s “Mighty Fortress” Savannah, Georgia
  • The Rev. Matthew Williams, President Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta
  • The Rev. Nancy Christensen, Senior Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church (ELCA), Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Norman Thomas Jr., Pastor of First Baptist Gresham Road.
  • The Rev. Portia Wills Lee, Senior Pastor Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church, Smyrna, Georgia 
  • The Rev. R.L. White Jr., Pastor of Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Reggie Williams, South Columbus UMC, Columbus, Ga.
  • The Rev. Reginald Jackson, Bishop A.M.E. Church
  • The Rev. Richard C. Flippin Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Ronald Bonner, Associate Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church(ELCA)
  • The Rev. Senegal, Savannah, Ga.
  • The Rev. T. DeWitt Smith Jr., Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • The Rev. T. Renee Crutcher
  • The Rev. Terrie Patterson MPA, M Div.
  • The Rev. Thaddeus Spencer, New Providence Baptist Church, Columbus, Georgia
  • The  Rev. Thomas L. Hart, Associate Pastor of Brownsville Baptist Church, Savannah
  • The Rev. Thurmond Neil Tillman, First African Baptist Church, Savannah
  • The Rev. Timothy McDonald, Senior Pastor of First Iconium Baptist Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • The Rev. Torey C. Fountain, Pastor of Sandy Ford Baptist Church, Dublin, Ga.
  • The Rev. Vincent Bell, The Edge Church, Columbus, Ga.
  • The Rev. Vinton Copeland, Powell Baptist Church, Talbotton, Ga.
  • The Rev. Waylon Knight, West Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Barnesville, Ga. 
  • The Rev. Wendell Dandridge Jr., clergy Atlanta
  • The Rev. Wesley Snell Jr. clergy Atlanta
  • The Rev. William E. Flippin Sr. Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • The Rev. William M. Townsend IV, Founding and Managing Director of Preachers for the People
  • The Rev. Xavier Creekmur, Second African Baptist Church, Savannah
  • The Rev. Yasmeen Hailes, Associate Minister Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. Louis L. Ferguson Sr., Pastor of Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
  • The Rev. Dr. William Holmes Robinson, Pastor of The Olivet Church, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Subash Raaz, President of the Gandhi Foundation of America
  • Toni Belin Ingram, Presiding Elder of the Augusta North District 6th Episcopal District AME Church

 

The Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Georgia Democrat, greets supporters at the state Capitol in Atlanta on Friday, March 6, 2020. Warnock filed paperwork to appear on the Nov. 3 ballot for Georgia’s special U.S. Senate election. (AP Photo/Benjamin Nadler)

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