Pastor Cecil Clark, minister of True Vine Baptist Church in Knoxville, will be the featured speaker at an Ecumenical Candlelight Vigil at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24 (sleet or snow date Jan. 31), at Holy Trinity Church in Jefferson City.
Along with Pastor Clark, pastors associated with the Jefferson County Ministerial Association and their church members will join with Father Patrick Resen and Holy Trinity parishioners in commemorating the 43rd anniversary of the passage of Roe v Wade, legalizing abortion in the United States. The prayer intention, in unity with the March for Life Washington participants, is for an overturn of the Roe v Wade decision and an end to the practice of abortion.
Pastor Clark, a minister for 27 years, is a ferocious advocate for unborn babies and their mothers and has vowed to stand and pray in front of Planned Parenthood on Cherry Street in Knoxville until the abortion facility closes its doors. Many consider him, along with Lisa Morris and Paul Simoneau, to be the heart, voice, and “boots on the ground” of the abortion battle in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Pastor Clark has stood and prayed every Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the last five years, and he states, “It is my goal, with strength and direction from God, to remain standing in prayer and witness for as long as the evil of this Planned Parenthood exists.” ■