National

Pastor Was an Influential Figure From the Start

In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)
In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)

(New York Times) – The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator who was reportedly killed during an attack at a historic black church Wednesday night, was a pioneering pastor who began preaching at 13 and was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives at 23, becoming the youngest African-American to be elected to the State Legislature.

Mr. Pinckney, 41, was born in Beaufort, S.C., and found his calling at an early age. After gaining notice for his charisma and his commitment to the church as a young teenager, he became a pastor at 18.

Mr. Pinckney became the pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in 2010, at age 26, and also led Bible studies and prayer sessions there.

A member of the Democratic Party, Mr. Pinckney showed an early passion for public service. After his election to the South Carolina House of Representatives, he was elected to the State Senate at 27. He served on numerous committees, including on finance, banking and insurance, transportation, medical affairs, and corrections and penology.

READ MORE

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Back to top button

My News Matters to me - Washington Informer Donations

Be a Part of The Washington Informer Legacy

A donation of your choice empowers our journalists to continue the work to better inform, educate and empower you through technology and resources that you use.

Click Here Today to Support Black Press and be a part of the Legacy!

Subscribe today for free and be the first to have news and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Select list(s) to subscribe to


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Washington Informer Newspaper, 3117 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Washington, DC, 20032, http://www.washingtoninformer.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker