Donald Trump has recruited the biggest, most diverse lineup of clergy to pray him into office since Ronald Reagan.
The upcoming inauguration ceremony, Jan. 20, 2017, will feature both religious leaders who are friends and supporters of Trump as well as some religious leaders who have been less enthusiastic, even critical of the president-elect.
Here’s the line-up to date:
Franklin Graham – Graham is a well-known evangelical leader and President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has been a frequent defender of Trump and appeared alongside him during his recent “Thank You Tour”. Graham prayed at George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001 and his father, Billy Graham prayed at the inaugurations of Richard Nixon in 1969, George H. W. Bush in 1989, and Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1997. While Franklin Graham did not endorse Trump, he worked on his behalf during the campaign and held prayer rallies in all 50 states prior to the election.
Paula White – White is a Florida televangelist, longtime friend, and spiritual advisor to president-elect Trump.
Samuel Rodriguez — Rodriguez is president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). He has been a critic of many of Trump’s proposals during the campaign, but has worked with Trump and his transition team to address issues such as immigration and the status of children of undocumented aliens.
Bishop Wayne T. Jackson – Jackson is a prosperity preacher from Detroit, pastor of Great Faith Ministries International, and president of The Impact Network.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan — Dolan will be the first Catholic to be a part of a presidential inauguration since President Jimmy Carter’s 40 years ago.
Rabbi Marvin Hier – Hier will be the first Jewish clergy to appear as part of a presidential inauguration since Ronald Reagan’s in 1985.
Rodriguez and White are slated to offer a reading and invocation. Graham and Jackson are expected to offer a reading and benediction. White will be the only pastor scheduled to speak. The Mormon Tabernacle choir is slated to perform.
To date, the most popular Bible verse chosen by presidents taking their oath is 2 Chronicles 7:14 — If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.