Religious Affairs Committee

The NAACP has always had a strong relationship with the religious community-one of its closest allies for nearly a century. As allies, the Religious Affairs Committee of the Coatesville area NAACP wish to increase our collaboration with Religious Leaders within the community. As members of the NAACP we unite and pledge “to promote equality of rights and eradicate caste or race prejudice among citizens of the United States; to advance the interest of colored citizens; to secure for them im-partial suffrage; and to increase their opportunities for securing justice in the courts, education for their children, employment according to their ability, and complete equality before the law,” We invite clergy to become members of the Religious Affairs Committee and as pastors, encourage members of your congregation to make a difference in the community for which we live by becoming active members of the NAACP.

The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the unit. It shall:
(1) Promote an educational program designed to give a moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle;
(2) Interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths;
(3) Enlist the support of such organized religious groups for membership, fund raising and the struggle for equality and full civil rights;
(4) Provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities associated with the improvement of race relations.

Rev. Garnell C. Brunson, Religious Affairs Chair

Rev. Garnell Brunson, Chairman

Reverend Garnell C. Brunson Sr., is the Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bernardtown located in South Coatesville, PA. Reverend Brunson is a committed Christian who believes that the ministry of Christ’s Church is a ministry of the entire church, clergy, laypersons and the community together. Reverend Brunson has spent his working career in Healthcare and presently employed as the Director of Imaging and Cardiology Services at the Christianacare Union Hospital in Elkton Maryland. Reverend Brunson’s educational preparation includes a Master of Divinity degree from Palmer Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. and a Master of Science degree in Health Service Administration from West Chester University. As the Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee, I am honored to be a part of and work with the great men and women of the Coatesville Branch of the NAACP serving the community.

Rev. Dr. Randall M. Harris, Freedom Fund Chair, Religious Affairs Co-Chair

Rev. Dr. Randall Harris, Co-Chairman

My name is Rev. Dr. Randall Harris.  Over the past decade I was inspired to become
a member of the NAACP. I currently serve as the assistant pastor of the Holy Dove Fellowship Church in
Coatesville and a Chaplain with the Coatesville Police Department.

For the past two years I’ve had the privilege of being the Chairperson for the Freedom Fund Banquet as well as an active member of our unit on our Religious Affairs committee.

As a pastor and leader in this community I knew and felt it was my responsibility to help and assist others in this
struggle for the homeless, the disabled and disadvantage young and old.

Because there a so many in those categories I truly felt the need to lend my voice, hands, and abilities to assist others because as the Scripture says, one can chase a thousand and 2 can put ten thousand on the run.

I’m totally committed!

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November 2, 2020

7:00 am, Video #1 – Pastor Aaron Thompkins

12:00 pm, Video #2 – Pastor James Grove

6:00 pm, Video #3 – Pastor Linwood Smith

November 1, 2020

7:00 am, Video #1 – Pastor Steven Deveaux

12:00 pm, Video #2 – Minister Delores Williams

6:00 pm, Video #3 – Reverend Steve Crutchfield

October 31, 2020

7:00 am, Video #1 – Pastor Matt Eggleston, III

12:00 pm, Video #2 – Pastor Josh Crans

6:00 pm, Video #3 – Apostle Bobby Duncan

October 30, 2020

7:00 am, Video #1 – Rev. Dr. James Simmons

12:00 pm, Video #2 – Minister Renee Carey

6:00 pm, Video #3 – Rev. Dr. Randall Harris