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Emanuel AME Church Gets New Pastor

The Charleston, S.C. church where nine members lost their lives after a lone white supremacist fatally wounded them during Bible study in June will get a new pastor.

Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark was appointed the first female pastor at the historic Emanuel AME Church on Saturday. She delivered her first sermon, a message of hope on Sunday.

Rev. Clark told members of the congregation that as a family that believes in God, the church’s best days are ahead.

The church’s pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the victims who lost his life when 21-year-old Dylan Roof shot up the place of faith in June.