A White House official released the following statement regarding the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, “On Friday, June 26th, the President and Vice President will travel to Charleston, South Carolina to attend the funeral services of Rev. Clementa Pinckney where President Obama will deliver the eulogy. Further details about the President’s travel to South Carolina will be made available in the coming days.”The pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church, Reverend and Senator Clementa C. Pinckney is one of the nine people shot and killed after a gunman opened fire during Bible study at the church on the night of Wednesday, June 17.
A well known and respected pastor and South Carolina State Senator, Pinckney was born July 30, 1973. He’s from Ridgeland, South Carolina, and was educated in the public schools of Jasper county. Pinckney was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Allen University with a degree in Business Administration. He answered the call to preach at the age of thirteen and received his first appointment to pastor at the age of eighteen.
Rev. Leonard Griffin, pastor of Morris Street Baptist Church was a close friend of Rev. Pinckney. He says, ” It’s really heart wrenching to think that this father and husband and pastor and senator… is now leaving a void in our community. Our hearts are hurting. Many folks are disillusioned, but we know that God is still able. It’s really heart wrenching to think that this father and husband and pastor and senator… is now leaving a void in our community. I have to go back to my last conversation with him. We spoke, I was asking him to give permission for one of his associates to come over to share with us the word of God, and after giving permission for that person to come over his conversation shifted to how we as colleagues and ministry here in the city can work more closely together.”
Rev. Pinckney was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1996. In 2000, he was elected to the state senate. Now the man who many called a peace maker is gone. Griffin says, “I have to look back at history and realize and remember God has brought us through some very tragic situations before, and just as God has done that before, we trust and believe he will do that same thing for us even right now.”
Rev. Clementa Pinckney was 41-years-old. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, and two children, Eliana and Malana.