Donald Trump inauguration: Florida pastor on list to participate in swearing-in

The inauguration committee coordinating the swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Wednesday announced a list of faith leaders who will participate in the ceremony. Among the names on the list: Pastor Paula White of the Orlando-area church New Destiny Christian Center.

She has served as Trump’s spiritual adviser for years, with Politico referring to her as his “God whisperer.”

Paula White. (Getty Images)

Paula White. (Getty Images)

White joins five others who will offer readings and participate in the invocation and benediction at the ceremony. Also on the list: the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of 98-year-old Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

“Since the first inaugural ceremony, our leaders have paid tribute to the blessings of liberty that have been bestowed upon our country and its people,” Presidential Inaugural Committee Chairman Tom Barrack said in a news release. “I am pleased to announce that a diverse set of faith leaders will offer readings and prayers at the swearing-in of President-elect Trump and honor the vital role religious faith plays in our multicultural, vibrant nation.”

According to the New Destiny Christian Church website, White has been senior pastor at the Apopka church since 2012. “By sharing her story of overcoming tragedy and finding restoration through the power of Christ, she has impacted people from every walk of life around the world,” the website states.

White has had her on TV show — on which Trump has appeared. Just before the Republican National Convention earlier this year, White spoke with The Christian Post about Trump’s faith. She spoke about her interactions with him, how they met — he saw one of her sermons on TV and contacted her — and why she supported him in the presidential race.

“I know Donald Trump. I know the strong leader he is,” she said. “I know how capable of a businessman he is. I know how compassionate he is. I know how smart he is. I know how he defends our values and the people whom he loves. I know how much he loves this country. I know how much he loves his children and how they admire and respect him.”

The Christian Post also asked White at the time if she might be called on to take part in the inauguration. “I don’t know and, frankly, I don’t care,” she said at the time. “The prayers I’m more interested in are prayers that are private, not public.”

Here are the other four faith leaders set to take part in the ceremony:

• Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York
• The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
• Rabbi Marvin Hier, Simon Wiesenthal Center
• Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Great Faith Ministries International

Read Paula White’s interview with The Christian Post.

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