Coalition of African American Pastors


Bishop George D. McKinney, Bishop Felton Smith, Bishop David Allen Hall and Reverend William and Dr. Deborah Owens have joined together in the fight to keep marriage as ordained by God – one man and one woman, period!

We are a nonpartisan group of truthfully mostly Democrats who want to oppose gay marriage from the heart of the black church. This is a campaign to push back on President Obama and ask him and others to stand with us on marriage. Our goal is neither to hurt the President politically, nor to roll over in the face of his announcement but to speak and stand for moral truth, let all the princes and powers say and do what they will. Some ministers who stand with us include: Bishop Brandon B. Porter, Bishop Ed Stephens, Jr., Bishop David Allen Hall, DM, Bishop James Gaylord, Pastor Chuck Singleton, Rev. Leonard Dawson, Dr. Dwight Montgomery, Elder Ivory Jackson, Elder Robert Morris, Superintendent Andre Clay, Pastor Darryl Doty, Bishop Charles Rodgers, Bishop Robert Jefferson, Bishop Janice Hollis, Pastor James Eric Owens, and Pastor Robert Bowers.

Bishop George Dallas McKinneyBishop George Dallas McKinney

Bishop McKinney is the founder and pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral COGIC which he founded in 1962 along with his late wife Dr. Jean C. McKinney.

Since 1985, Bishop McKinney has served as Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. In November 2001, he was elevated to the General Board (the presidium) of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Reverend Bill and Dr. Deborah OwensReverend Bill and Dr. Deborah Owens

Rev. Owens is the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, USA and co-founder of Education for All. He holds degrees in education and theology. Rev. Owens also serves as a religious liaison for the National Organization for Marriage. One of his greatest achievements is recruiting 400 Black students for Oral Roberts University in four years. His was a vital part of the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tenn., in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens is the co-founder and president of Education for All/Mission Education (
She received her doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She was the assistant director of Give Me A Chance Ministry in Tulsa, OK. She’s worked alongside the former governor of Nevada, Kenny Guinn, as well as economist Milton Friedman, John Walton of Wal-Mart, and former senate majority leader Dr. Bill Frist.

Bishop Felton SmithBishop Felton Smith

Bishop Smith serves as the prelate of Tennessee Eastern First Jurisdiction and as the Senior Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church of God in Christ. He also serves as Episcopal Coordinator on the Board of Bishops.

He holds an associate degree in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Religion and Biblical Studies from Breadloaf Bible College, a Master’s from Oxford Graduate School where he studied Orthodoxy in Ministry and Counseling Psychology; His Doctorate of Ministry comes from the International Bible College and Seminary. His international ministry has taken him all over the world to places such as the Caribbean, Central and South America, Japan, Korea, Israel, and other parts of Europe.

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