Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s Former Church Reacts to Dylann Roof Guilty Verdict

Clementa Pinckney
Clementa Pinckney

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) – Friends and family of the Emanuel 9 are relieved and grateful after the jurors delivered a guilty verdict for church shooter, Dylann Roof.

For dozens of people in the Lowcountry, the announcement hit close to home.

During this ordeal, we learned a lot about the victims including their background and for Rev. Clementa Pinckney. His background begins here in the Lowcountry.

Pinckney is a native of the area. He was born in Beaufort and grew up in Jasper County. He served as pastor of the St. John AME congregation in Ridgeland, which is cited as his home church. He also preached at Campbell Chapel AME in Bluffton, where he made an impact on the community both spiritually and politically, serving as the representative for Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties.

We spoke to a member of Campbell Chapel on Friday afternoon, who actually used to drive Pinckney to conferences when he was a small boy.

“He was a protocol type of example of a young man growing up with ambition, and with desire, and with empathy for the world…that was Reverend Clementa Pinckney,” said Jake Martin, Campbell Chapel AME. “It was a sense of justice; the way it should be carried out. We can’t do anything that happened at the church that particular night, but we have to have confidence in our system, and so far, we know it works and has worked in this case. I think to the satisfaction of everyone that was concerned.”

Martin says Pinckney was appointed by the bishop to Campbell Chapel. He was with the congregation for about two years before making the move to Charleston and Mother Emanuel.

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SOURCE: Georgiaree Godfrey