Sanford pastors will attend Zimmerman trial

Sanford pastors will attend Zimmerman trial

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Rev. H.D. Rucker, pastor of the First Shiloh Church in Sanford. Rev. H.D. Rucker, pastor of the First Shiloh Church in Sanford.
Rev. Jeff Krall is pastor of the Family Worship Center in Sanford. Rev. Jeff Krall is pastor of the Family Worship Center in Sanford.
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SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

When the George Zimmerman trial begins at the Seminole County Courthouse, several prominent pastors will be inside the courtroom, taking notes and taking messages back to their congregations.

One dozen Sanford pastors will join journalists and family members at the trial of George Zimmerman.   They will take turns filling four seats in the courtroom.

"The truth must be told," says Reverend H.D. Rucker, Pastor of the First Shiloh Church in Sanford.  He is one of the pastors who will report directly to their congregations.  "We're going to be in a position to inform them so that no rumors would surface and get people all stirred up."

Pastor Rucker says his colleagues must provide a calming presence in Sanford throughout the trial.  "We represent God, and we are supposed to be peacemakers at all costs."

Jeff Krall is Pastor of the Family Worship Center in Sanford.  He says having spiritual leaders in court will build faith in the justice system.  "To be able to say I was in the courtroom.  I talked to the sheriff,  I talked to the attorneys.  I saw the evidence.  I saw it first hand, so what I am relaying to you if factual and it's truthful."

Pastor Krall says the tragedy of Trayvon's death has led to honest conversations among Sanford's pastors from all backgrounds. They are focused on working together for the future.   "I am so proud of the area pastors and how they have risen to the occasion."

Pastor Rucker urges everyone to have respect for our legal system and the jury's decision.
He says, "We've got to abide by the decision of the jurors."

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