Clergy Statement of Support

The Clergy Statement of Support was created by the Metro Richmond Clergy Committee for Rapid Transit on June 18, 2015, at Richmond Hill. With its broad-based, diverse array of signatories, it provides a metropolitan-wide public witness and call for the kind of transit system that both symbolically and quite palpably reconciles our counties and city, genuinely opening access and connectivity for all.


As clergy across Metropolitan Richmond, we call on the political and economic leaders of our differing jurisdictions to unite in creating a first-class public transportation system for the entire metropolitan region. 

We believe that the people of Metropolitan Richmond have endured centuries of division and conflict and that we should now step forward in solidarity, telling the world that we intend to be the capital city of reconciliation. 

We believe that God wants our people to live in mutual prosperity, in constructive relationships, in educated diversity, in justice, and in hope for the future. 

We believe that Metropolitan Richmond must be linked together with a comprehensive public transportation system for the sake of all our citizens. 

We know that Metropolitan Richmond is currently ranked in the bottom ten percent of American metro areas in public transportation, and can move to the top ten percent by building the four rapid transit lines, which have been identified by transportation planners and RVA Rapid Transit. 

We join with citizens of all of our jurisdictions, and with clergy and members of faith communities all over Metropolitan Richmond, asking our leaders to unite without delay in this common constructive cause. 

We invite clergy throughout Metropolitan Richmond to support this statement. 

Signatories

(281 • updated December 11, 2016)

 

Rev. Samuel Adams

Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley

Imam Ammar Amonette

Rev. Levy Armwood

Rev. Randy Ashcraft

Rev. Darryl Badley, Jr.

Rev. Daniel Bagby

Rev. Judith Bledsoe Bailey 

Rev. Rosalind Banbury

Rev. Torlecia Bates

Rev. Emory Berry, Jr.

Rev. Thom Blair

Rev. Louise Browner Blanchard

Rev. Steve Blanchard 

Rev. Earl Bledsoe

Rev. Brian Blount

Rev. Joel Blunk

Rev. Steven Booth

Rev. Molly Bosscher

Rev. Marc Boswell

Charles Boyd

Rev. John Brisco

Rev. Florence Brooks

Rev. Emily Rowell Brown

Rev. Jeanette Brown

Rev. Paul Brown 

Rev. Bert Browning

Rev. Douglas Burgoyne

Rev. Robert Burns

Rev. Edward Bushong

Rev. Jeff Butler

Rev. Lynne Caldwell 

Rev. Ben Campbell

Rev. Jeremy Cannada

Rev. Katie Cannon

Rev. Starke Cauthorn

Rev. Charles Chandler

Rev. Robert Chesnut 

Rev. Esther Choi

Rev. Larry Chottiner

Rev. Helen Clayton-Brown

Rev. Mike Clingenpeel

Rev. Mandy Cole

Rev. Don Coleman

Rev. Mary Kay Collins

Rev. David Cooper

Rev. Dwain Cosby

Rev. Kimberly Crowley

Imad Damaj

Rev. Ginna Minasian Dalton

Rev. Todd Davidson

Rev. Jim Davis

Rev. Isador Davis, Jr.

Rev. Judy Webb Davis 

Rev. Patrick Dennis

Rev. Caitlin Thomas Deyerle

Rev. Kathy Doby

Rev. Barbara Duncan

Rev. Lindon Eaves

Rev. Susan Eaves

Rev. Leonard Edloe

Rev. April Edwards

Rev. Kerra Becker English

Rev. Alex Evans

Rev. Charlotte Evans

Rev. Melissa Fallen

Rev. Jean Flannagan

Rev. Johnnie Fleming, Jr.

Rev. Ricky Flowers

Rev. Patricia Fordham 

Rev. Elaine Bowen Fowler

Rev. Susan Fox

Rev. E.G. Francis

Rev. Anna Marie Franklin

Rev. Robert Friend

Rev. Preston Gainer

Rev. Frances Taylor Gench

Rev. Kevin Germer

Rev. Carmen Germino

Daniel Glaze

Rev. Jeunee Godsey

Bishop Susan Goff

Rev. Mario Gonzalez

Rev. Katie B. Gooch

Rev. Patricia Gould-Champ

Rev. Shirley Smith Graham 

Rev. Libby Grammer 

Rev. Jonathan Greenhill

Rev. John Hamlett

Rev. Richard Haney

Rev. Duane Hardy

Rev. Queen Harris

Rev. Tony Harris

Rev. Jay Hartman

Rev. Tracy Hartman

Rev. Mike Harton

Rev. Audrey Hawkins

Rev. Josh Hayden

Rev. Morris Henderson

Rev. Matthew Hensley

Rev. Bob Hetherington

Rev. Stephen Hewlett

Rev. Linda Higgins

Rev. Rock Higgins

Rev. Keith Hill

Rev. Leonard Douglas Hill

Rev. Donna Holder

Rev. Melissa Hollerith

Rev. Randy Hollerith

Rev. Bobby Holmes

Rev. Aaron Houghton

Rev. Bobby Hulme-Lippert

Rev. Vernon Hurte

Bishop Darryl Husband, Sr.

Rev. Laura Inscoe

Rev. Ray Inscoe

Rev. Marlon Jackson

Rev. Micah Jackson

Rev. Janet James 

Rev. MJ Jefferson

Rev. Darcey Johnson

Rev. Drew Johnson

Rev. Pernell Johnson

Rev. Robert Johnson

Rev. Sheryl Johnson

Rev. Sheary Johnson

Elder Sundra Johnson

Rev. Teresa Johnson

Rev. Keith Johnston

Rev. Gary Jones

Rev. Robbie Jones

Rev. Wilda Carr Jones 

Rev. Michael Kellett

Rev. Andrea Kelly

Rev. Joe Kendrick

Rev. John Kerr

Rev. Brint Pratt Keyes

Rev. Carla Pratt Keyes

Rev. John Kinney

Rabbi Michael Knopf

Rev. Robert Knox

Rev. Deborah Koontz

Rev. Gene LeCouteur

Rev. Bob Lee

Rev. Larry Lenow

Rev. Warren Lesane, Jr.

Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon

Rev. Marvin Lindsay 

Rev. Beverly Lindsey

Rev. Debora Logan

Rev. Sherman Logan, Jr.

Rev. Carroll Londoner 

Rev. J. Fletcher Lowe

Rev. Tom Lynch

Rev. Gina Maio

Rev. Mary Richerson Mann

Rev. Gordon Mapes

Rev. Donald Marsden

Rev. Sarah Marsh

Rev. Marcus Martin

Rev. Louise Mason

Rev. Weston Mathews

Rev. Johnnye Massenburg-Johnson

Rev. Lovelle Maxwell, Jr.

Rev. Rachel May

Rev. Lynn McClintock

Rev. Tarvaris McCoy

Rev. Elizabeth McGuire

Rev. Meredith McNabb 

Rev. Lorenza Ricardo Meekins

Rev. Anna Miller

Rev. Bo Millner

Rev. Kenneth Mitchell, Sr.

Rev. Chris Mooney

Rev. Joel Morgan

Rev. Diane Mosby

Rev. Bernard Moritz

Rev. Melanie Mullen

Rev. Judith Myers

Rev. Penny Nash

Rev. Sarah Nave

Rev. Tyrone Nelson

Rev. David Nieymeyer

Rev. Welford Orrock

Rev. Nelson Ould

Rev. Michelle Freeman Owens

Rev. Nelson Parker

Rev. Doug Paul

Rev. Jim Peak

Rev. Edson Pederson

Rev. Alvin Pierce

Rev. Steven Plymale

Rev. Kathryn Pocalyko

Rev. Jack Podsiadlo

Rev. Herbert Ponder 

Rev. Stephen Poore

Rev. Melody Porter

Rev. Dexter Price 

Rev. Waltena Pride

Rev. Canon Alonzo Pruitt

Rev. Jeanne Pupke

Rev. Lauren Ramseur

Rev. Alwin Reiners, Jr.

Rev. Kimberly Reinholz

Rev. Michael Renninger

Rev. Mairi Renwick

Rev. Nelson Reveley 

Rev. Braunda Ridley 

Rev. Alex Riffee

Rev. Phoebe Roaf

Rev. Raymond Roberts

Rev. Zach Roberts

Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr.

Rev. Michael Robinson

Rev. Errol Rohr

Rabbi Ben Romer

Rev. Dorryce Ann Rudd 

Rev. Amy Russell

Rev. William Sachs

Rev. Dolores Seay

Rev. Robert Seiler

Rev. Pattie Sewell

Rev. Charles L. Shannon III

Rev. Wilson Shannon

Rev. Sue Sinnamon

Rev. Alexa Slonin

Rev. Hilary Smith

Rev. Sabrina Smith

Rev. Sylvester Smith

Rev. Jim Somerville

Rev. Ben Sparks

Rev. Qasarah Spencer

Rev. Stephen Starzer

Rev. Rose Mary Stewart

Rev. Catherine Stivers

Rev. Tom Stocks

Rev. Hilary Streever

Rev. Mary Sulerud

Rev. Charles Summers

Rev. Judith Sutherland

Rev. Charles Swadley

Rev. Kevin Sykes

Rev. John Tadlock

Rev. Vanessa Taylor-Franklin

Rev. Robin Teasley

Rev. Andrew Terry

Rev. Marian Thomas

Rev. Daryl Thompson

Rev. Robert Thompson 

Rev. Katherine Todd

Rev. Newton Todd

Rev. Carmen Thornton

Rev. William Tuck

Rev. Yvonne Tunstall

Rev. Lynn Turner

Rev. Sylvester Turner

Rev. Darren Utley

Rev. John Vest

Rev. Horace Wade, Jr. 

Rev. Brenda Walker

Rev. Janie Walker

Rev. Rodney Waller

Rev. Rebecca Weaver

Rev. William Wells

Rev. Tony Whittingham, Jr.

Rev. Corey Widmer

Rev. Freda Wilkins

Rev. Adam Williams

Rev. Charles Williams

Rev. Louis Williams

Bishop Robert E. Williams, Sr.

Rev. Tiont Williams

Rev. Drew Wilson

Rev. Canon Patrick Wingo

Rev. Sara-Scott Wingo

Rev. Janet Winslow

Rev. Mary Jane Winter

Rev. Gwendolyn Young

Rev. Karen-Marie Yust