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The Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark has been named pastor of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, where nine black worshipers were gunned down on June 17 by an avowed white racist. She is also the church’s first female pastor.

The Awendaw, SC native preached her first sermon Sunday morning with the focus of the message on hope, and based on Jeremiah 29:11 in which God tells the faithful he “plans to give you hope and a future.” (via:

ALSO SEE: Beyond Charleston: Other Black Churches That Have Been Victimized By White Terror & Gunman Who Scares North Carolina Church Returns to Apologize (VIDEO)


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