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All the president’s clergymen: The key players

President Trump meets with faith leaders inside the Oval Office on May 3, 2017. Photo by Pastor Mark Burns

WASHINGTON (RNS) — They’re invited to meetings at the White House. They exchange calls, texts and emails with administration staffers. And they occasionally pray with the president.

Here’s a list of some of the key evangelical leaders — mostly men but also one woman  — who were on President Trump’s campaign evangelical executive advisory board and/or have served in an advisory role since his inauguration.


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Pastor Mark Burns speaks at a Trump Rally. Photo by Gene Ho Photography

Gary Bauer — president, American Values; former president of Family Research Council; former chief domestic policy adviser in the Reagan administration

Mark Burns — co-founder and CEO of The NOW Television Network in Easley, S.C.; spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention

Tim Clinton — president, American Association of Christian Counselors

James Dobson — author, psychologist and host, “Family Talk”

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016. Photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

Jordan Easley — pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn.; chairs Southern Baptists’ Young Leaders Advisory Council

Jerry Falwell Jr. — president, Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Ronnie Floyd — author and senior pastor, Cross Church in northwest Arkansas; former Southern Baptist Convention president

Jack Graham — author and pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas; former Southern Baptist Convention president

Rodney Howard-Browne — co-founder of The River at Tampa Bay Church and Revival Ministries International in Florida

President Trump, left, is greeted by Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas at the Celebrate Freedom Rally on July 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Harry Jackson — senior pastor, Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Md.; co-founder of The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide

Robert Jeffress — senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Dallas; hosted Fourth of July event at Kennedy Center featuring President Trump as a speaker

Richard Land — president, Southern Evangelical Seminary in Matthews, N.C.; former president, Southern Baptist Convention Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

President Obama listens to author Eric Metaxas deliver the keynote message at the 60th annual National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton hotel on Feb. 2, 2012. Photo by Larry Downing/Reuters

Greg Laurie — author and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif.

Eric Metaxas — author and host, “The Eric Metaxas Show”; speaker, 2012 National Prayer Breakfast

Johnnie Moore — author, religious freedom advocate and public relations executive; serves as unofficial spokesman for group of evangelicals advising Trump administration

Frank Page — president and CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee; former Southern Baptist Convention president; former member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Tony Perkins — president, Family Research Council

Pastor Paula White prays during the inauguration of President Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C. RNS photo by Jerome Socolovsky

Ralph Reed — founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition; former executive director, Christian Coalition

Tony Suarez — executive vice president, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

Paula White — senior pastor, New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla.; first clergywoman to give an invocation at an inauguration

About the author

Adelle M. Banks

Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.

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