Bishop George D. McKinney, Bishop Felton Smith,  and Reverend William and Dr. Deborah Owens remain committed to the fight to protect marriage, faith, and family!

Though some may have given up after the Supreme Court decision that forced same-sex marriage on the country, there remains a committed group who understand what is at stake in the fight for the soul of our nation.  We are a nonpartisan group who continue to promote marriage and protect religious freedom. This is not a political movement or an effort to champion or attack any political figure. Rather, we are standing strong in defense of marriage, sending a clear message that marriage is still important to our community and worth fighting for.

Bishop George Dallas McKinney

Bishop McKinney is the founder and pastor of St. Stephen’s Cathedral COGIC which he founded in 1962 along with his late wife Dr. Jean C. McKinney.

Since 1985, Bishop McKinney has served as Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. In November 2001, he was elevated to the General Board (the presidium) of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Reverend Bill and Dr. Deborah Owens

Rev. Owens is the founder and president of the Coalition of African American Pastors, USA and co-founder of Education for All. He holds degrees in education and theology. Rev. Owens also serves as a religious liaison for the National Organization for Marriage. One of his greatest achievements is recruiting 400 Black students for Oral Roberts University in four years. His was a vital part of the civil rights movement in Nashville, Tenn., in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

Dr. Deborah De Sousa Owens is the co-founder and president of Education for All/Mission Education (
She received her doctorate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She was the assistant director of Give Me A Chance Ministry in Tulsa, OK. She’s worked alongside the former governor of Nevada, Kenny Guinn, as well as economist Milton Friedman, John Walton of Wal-Mart, and former senate majority leader Dr. Bill Frist.

Bishop Felton Smith

Bishop Smith serves as the prelate of Tennessee Eastern First Jurisdiction and as the Senior Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church of God in Christ. He also serves as Episcopal Coordinator on the Board of Bishops.

He holds an associate degree in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Religion and Biblical Studies from Breadloaf Bible College, a Master’s from Oxford Graduate School where he studied Orthodoxy in Ministry and Counseling Psychology; His Doctorate of Ministry comes from the International Bible College and Seminary. His international ministry has taken him all over the world to places such as the Caribbean, Central and South America, Japan, Korea, Israel, and other parts of Europe.