Republican Donald Trump, whose unconventional campaign has mostly avoided naming leadership teams to focus on various issues or slices of the electorate, is expected to announce a religious advisory board this week.
Such a board would represent his campaign’s efforts to shore up support from people of faith. Mr. Trump spoke to hundreds of religious conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
The new group of 20 to 30 people will be among hundreds of religious leaders gathering Tuesday in New York City to meet privately with Mr. Trump. Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump’s former rivals for the GOP nomination, is helping to organize the meeting.
Some members of the new group have shown support for Mr. Trump in the past, while others backed former opponents or remained neutral during the GOP primary.
Among the people likely to be named to Mr. Trump’s religious advisory board: Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist and president of Liberty University; Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition; Paula White, senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla.; Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Robert Jeffress, host of a national radio and television ministry and the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas; Jay Strack, president of Student Leadership University in Orlando, Fla.; and Jack Graham, pastor at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.
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SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal