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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • An open letter from La. clergy to Gov. Bobby Jindal

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    Dear Governor Jindal,
    We, the undersigned members of the Louisiana Clergy, are writing to express our deep concern about the tax proposal you are proposing for the upcoming legislative session.
    We serve in many different faith traditions, across a broad spectrum of people and communities in this State. As diverse as these traditions may be, we find unity around a few fundamental ethical principles: fairness, a concern for the least of these and an obligation to make our voices heard when matters of justice are at stake.
    Our concerns about the proposed tax plan are as follows.
    First, we are concerned that Louisiana already has one of the most regressive tax systems in the nation, putting a disproportionately high burden on low and moderate income families. Currently, families earning minimum wage (less than $16,000 per year) pay 10.6 percent of their income in state and local taxes; the average Louisiana family pays 10.1 percent of its income in taxes; while the wealthiest Louisiana families (earning over $1 million per year) pay only 4.6% of their income in state and local taxes. That is unacceptable, as a starting point.
    Second, we are concerned that the reason we have such an unfair and regressive tax structure is our State's heavy reliance on the sales tax. It is universally recognized that sales taxes create a disproportionate burden on poor and moderate-income families, who spend nearly all they earn. Louisiana already has the 3rd highest sales tax rate in the nation.
    Third, we are concerned that your tax plan seeks to increase our state's sales tax rates even further. Any increase in the sales tax would deepen the root causes behind the unfair and regressive nature of our state's tax structure and worsen the burden for poor and moderate income families in our community.
    Fourth, we are concerned that your plan proposes to use the increased revenue generated by a heavier burden on poor and moderate income families, not to fund any of the important needs and services our State faces, but to decrease the tax burden for those members of our community who are most blessed with wealth and resources. That, too, is unacceptable.
    Fifth, we are concerned that your proposed tax plan will be unsustainable over the long term. Historically, sales have grown much more slowly than personal income, in our State and across the country. Swapping income taxes for sales taxes replaces a faster-growing revenue source with a slower-growing revenue source. We worry that your proposal would be "revenue neutral" in its first year, but "revenue negative" over the longer term. If our State begins to rely even more heavily upon a slower-growing portion of our economy for revenue, we will face deficits and service cuts down the road that make our current ones seem small.
    Page 2 of 12 - We believe that any proposed law that would increase the tax burden on low- and moderate-income families in order to decrease it for wealthy families must be judged an unjust law.
    We believe that any proposed law that would threaten the long-term fiscal soundness of our State must be judged an unwise law.
    Therefore, we ask you,  in the full spirit of humility and faith, to develop a fundamentally different framework for tax reform.
    To that end, we submit the following basic principles as guidelines for the kind of tax reform that would be just and in accord with the ethical frameworks of our faith traditions:
    Principle #1) Tax reform should not increase the sales tax rate or take any other steps that make our tax structure more regressive than it is already;
    Principle #2) New sources of revenue should be used, not merely to redistribute the tax burden from one group to another, but to invest in high priorities for our state, such as healthcare, education, human services and infrastructure, which have seen significant and far-reaching cuts in recent years; and
    Principle #3) Tax reform should not replace a faster-growing revenue source with a slower-growing revenue source, thereby threatening our State's ability to afford important services and investments in the future.
    We thank you for your serious consideration of these concerns. We would welcome the opportunity for a delegation of our leadership to meet with you to discuss these matters in more detail. We can be reached at LAfaithcommunity@gmail.com to schedule that meeting.
    We pray that you, and all of us, may be blessed with the judgment to move forward in a spirit of wisdom and fairness on such an important matter to the lives and well-being of so many.
    Yours faithfully,
    The Rt. Rev'd. Morris K. Thompson, Jr., Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
    Dr. C. S. Gordon, Jr., President, Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention
    Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop, United Methodist Church, Louisiana Annual Conference
    Rev. Fred Luter, President, Southern Baptist Convention; Pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
    Bishop Gregory Cooper, Sr., Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church, Southern Region
    Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn, Senior Rabbi, Temple Sinai, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., President, Louisiana Home and Foreign Missions Baptist State Convention; Pastor, Greater St. Mary Missionary Baptist Church, Lake Charles, LA
    Page 3 of 12 - The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
    Dr. Jesse Bilberry, Moderator, 4th District Missionary Baptist Association; Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Harry Blake, Vice President, National Baptist Convention; Pastor, Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Bishop Charles E. Jenkins, Retired Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
    Bishop Robert J. Taylor, Louisiana State Bishop, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship; Senior Pastor, Greater North Shore Full Gospel Baptist Church
    Rabbi Foster E. Kawaler, Congregation Agudath Achim, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Robert Smith, Moderator, Florida Parishes Baptist Association; Pastor, St. James Baptist and Bethlehem Baptist Church
    Rev. Ellen R. Alston, District Superintendent, Alexandria District, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
    Bishop James B. Brown, Retired Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Lynn Malone, District Superintendent, Monroe District, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church
    Rev. Salvin Albritton, Jr., New Hope Baptist Church, Simsboro, LA
    Rev. David Alexander, Community Bible Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Edward Alexander, Jr., Christian Baptist Church, Lake Charles, LA
    Rev. Eddie D. Allen, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Chatham, LA
    Rev. DeVante Allums, Starlight Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA
    Rev. Richard Almos, Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Lousiana, Slidell, LA
    Rev. Rickey Alstork, Interim Pastor, New Light Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    The Rev. Jay Angerer, Rector, All Saints' Episcopal Church, River Ridge, LA
    Rev. Shawn Anglim, Pastor, First Grace United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Edward Armstead, Jr., Pastor, Greater Union Baptist Church
    Rev. Tony Arnold, Pastor, Faith Baptist Church, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Rev. H. Calvin Austin, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Rev. Joseph D. Awotwi, Pastor, Newman United Methodist Church, Alexandria, LA
    Reverend George Barrett, Pastor, Mt. Zion #1 Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Elizabeth Coleman Becker, Deacon, Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Steve Beckham, Pastor, Church of Life Fellowship, Baton Rouge, LA
    Page 4 of 12 - Rev. Jon Bennett, Pastor, Belfair Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Thomas Bessix, Senior Pastor , New Gideon Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. A. Thomas Blackmon, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church, Covington, LA
    Rev. Grady Blackwell, Pastor, First St. Mark Baptist, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Ronnie Blakes, Associate Minister, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Brenda Bolds
    Rev. Alfred Booker, Sr., Ed.D., Pastor, Natchitoches First SDA Church & Family Ministry Director for LA  & ARK, Matchitoches, LA
    Rev. Montrell Bradley, Pastor, New Home Baptist Church, Taylor, LA
    Reverend Marques Braggs, Pastor, New St. John Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Donald R. Brown, Chaplain, St James Place, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Otis Brown, Beach Grove Baptist Church
    Minister Johnette Burnette, Galilee Baptist Church, Dubberly, LA
    Rev. Chris D. Butler, Assistant Pastor, Mt. Cyrene Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Superintendent Billy Caldwell, Pastor, Lighthouse Church of God in Christ, Monroe, LA
    Rev. Bruce Carroll, Sr., Stonewall Missionary Baptist Church, Bossier, LA
    Rev'd Wayne E. Carter, PhD, Louisiana Interchurch Conference, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, LA
    Minister Ray Ceboney, True Believers Baptist Church, Simsboro, LA
    Rev. Donald R. Clark, New Sunrise Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Elaine G. Clements, Deacon, Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
    Very Rev. Ronald H. Clingenpeel, Priest-in-Charge, St. John's Episcopal Church, Thibodeaux, LA
    Rev. Gregory Coates, Pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, White Castle, LA
    Rev. John Cole, Pastor, Mt. Comfort Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Minister Anthony Coleman, Galilee Baptist Church, Dubberly, LA
    Rev. Andrew Comeaux, Director of Spiritual Life Services, Willis-Knighton Health System and The Oaks of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Kathleen S. Comer, Deacon, Episcopal Chapel of the Holy Comforter, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Joe Connelly, Pastor, Wesley United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Clifton C. Conrad, Sr., Pastor, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Page 5 of 12 - The Rev. Robert W. Courtney II, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Wilburn Cox, Pastor, Saint Luke #2 Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA
    Rev. Callie Winn Crawford, Pastor, Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Steve J. Crump, Senior Minister, Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Roger Curry, Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Leo Cyrus, Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Superintendent Woodrow Davis, Pastor, Turning Point Ministries Church of God in Christ, Monroe, LA
    Rev. Deacon Maggie Dawson, Deacon,  St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Metairie, LA
    Rev. Charles deGravelles, Deacon, Trinity Episcopal Church; Chaplain, Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Gregory DeLoach, Pastor, Blue Run Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Dr. Aaron Dobynes, Pastor, Evergreen Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    The Rt. Rev'd. Joe Morris Doss, Retired Bishop, Episcopal Church of New Jersey, living in Mandeville, LA
    Rev. Charles M. Drewery, Beach Grove Baptist Church, Jackson, LA
    Rev. Robert Dunklin, Pastor, Arklite Baptist Church, Mansfield, LA
    The Very Rev. David Allard duPlantier, Dean and Rector, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, New Orleans, LA
    The Rev. Richard B. Easterling, Jr, Vicar, St. George's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    The Rev'd. William Patrick Edwards, St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    The Rev'd Dr. Diane (DeeDee) M. Estes, Chaplain, St. Andrew's Episcopal School, New Orleans, LA
    Reverend Annie Etheredge, Chaplain, The Episcopal School of Acadiana, Cade / Lafayette, LA
    Rev. Dale W. Flowers, Pastor, New Sunlight Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Gary L. Ford, Sr., New Light and Evergreen Baptist, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Henry L. Frazier, Pastor, Greater Oak Grove Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Rodney Freeman, The Calvary Third Baptist Church, Providence #2 Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Segmund J. Freeman, St. Mary Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Page 6 of 12 - Rev Lee Edward Gage
    Rev. Ferdinand Gaines, Pastor, First Community Antioch Baptist Church, Lutcher, LA
    Rev. JoAnn Garma, Deacon, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, New Orleans, LA
    The Rev. Susan S. Gaumer, Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Karen R. Gay, Rector, Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Fred Gibson, Jr., St. Rest Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Charlie Gilmore, Pastor, Servants of Christ Church, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Henry Gray, St. Mark Baptist Church, Ethel, LA
    Rev. Debra Guidroz, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Chateau de Notre Dame, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. George Guillory, Pastor, Glen Oaks Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Elder M. Hall, Beach Grove Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Mary Hall, Israelite Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Daniel B. Hanna, Retired, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana
    Father Matthew A. Harrington, St. John the Theologian Mission, Russian Orthodox, St. Francisville, LA
    Rev. Billy Hawkins, Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Albert Haynes, Sr., Pastor, Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Ethel, LA
    Rev. Charlene Heaton, Pastor, Baker Presbyterian Church, Baker, LA
    The Very Rev. A. J. Heine, Rector, St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Metairie, LA
    Rev. Gus Henderson, Greater Mt. Gideon Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Linda Henderson, Greater Mt. Gideon Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. John Henson, Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Yoyo Hill, Ethel, LA
    Rev. Jay C. Hogewood, Ph.D., Pastor, Ingleside United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Very Rev. J. Mark Holland, Rector, St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Marandalous M. Holland, Senior Pastor, St. James Missionary Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Larry Hood, Logos & Life Bible Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Daniel Mark Hudson, Deacon, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    The Rev. Henry Hudson, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Page 7 of 12 - Rev. Robert C. Hudson, Paradise Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Dr. Kathryn Whittaker Huff, Dhongak Tharling Himalayan Vajrayana Buddhist Denomination, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Dr. Frank W. Hughes, Grace Episcopal Church, Monroe, LA
    Rev. Elizabeth Irvine, Presbyterian Church USA (member at large), Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Allen M. Jackson, Pastor, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Joyce E. Jackson, Deacon, St. Anna Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Carol D. Jackson, Pastor, Ford Chapel and Pleasant Hill Christian Methodist Episcopal Churches, Ringgold / Mt. Lebanon, LA
    Rev. Barbara Jarrell, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Minister Lillian Jarrett, Asphodel Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Harry O. Jenkins, Jr., Christ Episcopal Church, Slidell, LA
    Minister Lee A. Jeter, Sr., Fellowship of Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Ray D. Jiles, Pastor, Valley Spring Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Leroy Johnson, Pastor, Berea Missionary Baptist Church, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Dawson Johnson, Pastor, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Dr., Isadore Johnson, True Light Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Lawrence Johnson, Baton Rouge, LA
    Reverend Joseph Jones, Pastor, Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Kedarius Jones, Pastor, Starlight Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA
    Fr. Chad Jones, Rector, St. Patrick's Episcopal, Zachary, LA
    Reverend John Jordan, Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Maringouin, LA
    Rev. Phillip Joseph, Pastor, Christ Baptist Church, Port Allen, LA
    Rev. Charmaine Kathmann, Deacon, St. John's Episcopal/Anglican Church, Kenner, LA
    Archdeacon Bette J. Kauffman, Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana
    Rev. John Kavanaugh, First United Methodist Church, Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Coushatta, LA
    Rev. J. W. Kelley, Pastor, Union Vine Baptist Church, Logansport, LA
    Rev. James Kinsey, Pastor, Church of the Kingdom, Minden, LA
    Rev. Ronderick Kirkendoll, Pastor, Saint Luke Baptist Church, Mangham, LA
    Rev. Charles D. Krutz, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Denham Springs, LA
    Page 8 of 12 - The Rev. Michael Kuhn, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. James A. Landfair, Pastor, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Minister Charles Lee, Victory Temple, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Shirley M. Levy, Greater Oak Grove Baptist Church
    Rev. Richard London, F.T. Baptist Church, Jackson, LA
    Rev. Daniel Lowery, Jr., Community Bible Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Dr. Benjamin Martin, Pastor, St. Rest Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. F. L. Mathews, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    The Rev. Priscilla Maumus, Deacon, Christ Church Cathedral, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Alvin L. Mays, Pastor, Willow Chute Missionary Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Bill McBride, Ph. D., Rector, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. C. C. McClain, Little Union Baptist Church, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Rev. M. Theresa McConnell, Pastor, Lakeview United Methodist Church, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Will McDaniel, Community Bible Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Lem McGee, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, St. Francisville, LA
    Rev. Oliver McGee, Pastor, Corinth Baptist Church, Winnfield, LA
    Rev. Rodney McNeal, Second Bethlehem Baptist, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Clyde McNell, Sr., Pastor, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Daryl Michael, Associate Minister, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Myra Miller-Jenkins, Associate Minister, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Samuel E. Mims, Pastor, The Shepherd's Hut Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Marvin Moore, Little Rock Baptist Church, Slaughter, LA
    Rev. E. C. Morgan, Pastor, Mt. Zion #2 Missionary Baptist Church, Dubach, LA
    Rev. Cedric Murphy, Pastor, Providence No. 1 Baptist Church, Ethel, LA
    Deacon Grady Murphy, Chairman of the Deacon Board, First Baptist Church, Lake Providence, LA
    Rev. Fred Mustiful, Pastor, Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Mansfield, LA
    Rev. Donald C. Muth, Retired, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Metairie, LA
    Rev. Randy Nichols, United Methodist Church, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, Baton Rouge, LA
    Page 9 of 12 - Rev. George Noflin, St. Andrew & St. James Baptist Church, St. Francisville, LA
    Rev. Cynthia Andrews Obier, Chaplain to the Bishop, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, New Orleans, LA
    Deacon Louis K. Ogle, Sr., St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Bogalusa, LA
    Reverend Darryl Owens, New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Grosse Tete, LA
    Rev. Donald P. Owens, Jr., St. Timothy's Episcopal Church and Episcopal Ministry to Medical Education, LaPlace & New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Willie Page, Pastor, Nazarene Baptist Church, Port Allen, LA
    Rev. Marvin Parks, Pastor, In His Hands Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    The Rev. J. Fred Patten, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral (Retired), Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Joe Paul, Pastor, Springhill Baptist Church, Sikes, LA
    Rev. Woodrow Pellerin, Sr., Pastor, St. Peter Baptist Church, Alexandria, LA
    Rev. Ronald Perkins, Pastor, Greater Zion Baptist Church, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Fr. Bill Phillips, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Abbeville, LA
    Rev. Jerry Phillips, Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Rosedale, LA
    Sister Kathleen Pittman, CSJ, Pastoral Associate, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Ormonde Plater, Deacon, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Fred J. Powell, III, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Frederick D. Powell, Sr., Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Simsboro, LA
    Minister Samuel Powell, True Believers Baptist Church, Simsboro, LA
    Minister Robert Reed, Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Ulysses Reed, Stonewall Baptist Church, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Minister Richard Relitoro, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Chatham, LA
    The Rev'd. Winston Rice, Gulf Coastal Chaplain, The Seamen's Church Institute, Covington, LA
    Rev. Felix Rice, Pastor, Jerusalem Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Dr. George Rice, Pastor, Growing Valley Missionary Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Clarence Rice, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Rev. Mary B. Richard , Rector, Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Hill C. Riddle, Retired, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Page 10 of 12 - Reverend Joseph Riley, Pastor, Old Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Gene Rives, Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Baker, LA
    Rev. Huey P. Roberson, Pastor, Hebrew Baptist Church, Ringgold, LA; Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Duberly, LA
    Rev. Roman D. Roldan, Rector, Grace Church of West Feliciana Parish, St. Francisville, LA
    Reverend Anthony Royal, Pastor, New Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Grosse Tete, LA
    Rev. Melvin Rushing, Pastor, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist & Progressive Baptist, Baton Rouge, LA
    Sister Cynthia Sabathier, CSJ, Catholic Congregation of St. Joseph, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Constance Saizon, Pastor, Hughes United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Jon H. Sanders, Second Baptist Church, Wilson, LA
    Rev. Royal Scott, Jr., Senior Pastor, Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Peggy King Scott, St. Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, New Roads, LA
    The Rev'd. Douglas John Senette, Rector Emeritus, Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francisville, LA
    Rev. McArthur Simmons, Hebron Baptist Church, Arcadia, LA
    Rev. Katie McKay Simpson, First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Fred Jeff Smith, Pastor, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. James E. Smith, Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, Dubberly, LA
    Rev. Mitchell T. Smith, Associate Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Reverend Van Smith, Jr., Pastor, St. Peter Baton Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Alejandro R. Smith, Pastor, Light Hill Baptist Church, Shreveport/Bossier, LA
    Rev. Patti Snyder, Senior Pastor, University Presbyterian Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Cardell Speed, Pastor, Mary Springfield Baptist Church, Converse, LA
    Rev. Robert Larry Stafford, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Monroe, LA
    Dr. Kathy Steele, Minister of Counseling, Parkview Baptist Church, Metairie, LA
    Superintendent Charles Stevenson, Bethel Church of God in Christ, Monroe, LA
    Rev. Mark Stewart, Second Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Reverend Mark Stewart, Pastor, Second Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Richard Stiltner, Livingston United Methodist Church, Livingston, LA
    Page 11 of 12 - The Very Rev'd. T. Whitfield Stodghill, IIII, Rector, St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Monroe, LA
    Rev. Patrick Stubbs, Pastor, Mt. Pleasant Church, Lake Providence, LA
    Rev. Julius Sumler, New Rock Valley Church, Grambling, LA
    Rev. Shawn Taylor, Pastor, Old Morning Glory Baptist Church, Mansfield, LA
    Rev. Kusandra Taylor, Peter Rock Baptist Church
    The Reverend G. Nelson Tennison, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Bogalusa, LA
    Rev. William H. Terry, Rector, St. Anna's Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Susie H. Thomas, Associate Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge
    Rev. Jennie Thomas, Chaplain, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Dr. David Thomas, Jr., St. Paul #1 Baptist Church, Wilson, LA
    Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, Greater New Hope Baptist Church, Zachary, LA
    Reverend Catherine M. Thompson, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church, Natchitoches, LA
    Rev. Edward Thompson, All Souls Episcopal Church, New Orleans, LA
    Rev. Larry R. Turner, Pastor, Christian Love Baptist Church, Alexandria, LA
    Minister Archie Turner, III, St. James Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Dr. James M. Turner, New Hope Baptist Church, Slaughter, LA
    Rev. Lafayette Veal, Jr., Roselawn Baptist Church
    Rev. Garnet Wagner, China Grove Church, Ruston, LA
    Rev. Richard A. Walker, Pastor, Jerusalem Saint Rest Baptist Church, Gibsland, LA
    Minister Derek Ward, St. James Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Rev. Shannon Warner, Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Plaquemine, LA
    Rev. Bland Washington, Sr., Pastor, Allen Chapel AME Church
    Rev. Lee T. Wesley, Pastor, Community Bible Baptist, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Charlie D. West, Hopewell Baptist Church, Minden, LA
    Minister Carlton R. White, Associate Minister, Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    The Rev. Dr. Rowena White, Canon, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, Shreveport, LA
    Rev. Ronald D. Whitmer, Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, Gonzales, LA
    The Rev. Alina S. Williams, St. James Episcopal Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Page 12 of 12 - Rev. David L. Williams, Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Minister Jackie Williams, Asphodel Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Rev. Ronald T. Williams, Pastor, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, LA
    Evangelist Alice Williams, Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church
    Rev. Paul Wilson, Pastor, Zion Hill Baptist Church, Doyline, LA
    Rev. Dr. John Winn, Mentor Emeritus, The Center for Pastoral Excellence, Louisiana Conference, United Methodist Church, Slidell, LA
    The Rev. Camille Wood, Deacon, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Clinton, LA
    Rev. Elizabeth Wyatt, United Methodist Church, Retired, Baton Rouge, LA
     
     
     
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