Emanuel AME Pastor Dr. Betty Deas-Clark in Orlando To Offer Solidarity, Support, Ministry


In an act of outreach and ministry, the pastor of Charleston’s Emanuel AME was in Orlando Monday morning. Rev. Dr. Betty Deas-Clark said she felt an “urge, unction and great need to show solidarity with the people of Orlando.”

Rev. Dr. Deas-Clark was supposed to be at the White House on Monday. Instead, she made the trip to Florida to help those grieving and coping with what’s been reported as the worst mass shooting case in modern U.S. history.

“I had the opportunity this morning to visit a counseling session, and I had an opportunity to pray with them and offer and show love,” she said. “It was a very touching moment for me because the love was both given and received.”

Later Monday the pastor planned to head to the site where blood donations for survivors were being taken.

Following that, she said her schedule would be open. She planned to continue to offer ministry.

“Once I leave here, which I’m not sure when that will be, I will yes, be connected. Because, my love will be here and I will continue to stay in contact with the ways I may be able to help them and so many people who have helped us,” she said.

“I’m proud of my congregation in Charleston. While they knew I would be out of town, I’m proud of them for sending their live through me so that the people in Orlando will receive what they received almost a year ago.”

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Emanuel AME.

Accused shooter Dylann Roof has federal and state trials scheduled.

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