Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Trump’s Evangelical Adviser, Dies At 66

0
53
Bishop Harry Jackson Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., a Maryland pastor and evangelical advisor to President Donald Trump, has died at the age of 66.

Jackson was a senior pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, which issued a statement after his death.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our beloved Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. passed over to the Lord on November 9, 2020," Hope Christian Church officials said in a statement.

Jackson's cause of death is not yet known. Jackson was for life and against same-sex marriages, which put him in line with Republicans, but he was also an advocate for prison reform and believed in the good of both sides of the political spectrum.

"I believe that the entire left and right paradigm that politics has created for itself is fundamentally wrong because the Bible has what we call left and right problems," Jackson said in 2005, according to Yahoo News to the Religion News Service.

The bishop also founded and chaired the High Impact Leadership Coalition, which aims to train and empower church leaders on how to improve their communities.

Jackson made several appearances at the White House during President Trump's time in the Oval Office, including for a Good Friday prayer, which, according to MSN News, he led at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jackson also attended Trump's closing speech at the Republican National Convention and the Rose Garden event, where President Amy Coney Barrett nominated for the US Supreme Court.

Both events drew a large crowd without a mask, and the Rose Garden event directly resulted in a dozen people later testing positive for COVID-19, including Trump. However, Jackson is said to have tested negative after the event.

Hope Christian Church's Facebook page was full of kind words, stories about how it affected their lives, and the sadness that comes with losing a loved one.