1. Franklin Graham


Franklin’s father Billy Graham was dubbed the 'pastor to the presidents' and famously prayed for leaders on both sides of the political divide. However Franklin has been more openly partisan than his father and like many evangelicals has been keen to speak favourably of Trump.

2. Paula White

Well known televangelist Paul White is Trump's personal minister and will chair the Evangelical Advisory Board in his Presidential administration. She is the pastor of New Destiny Christian Center and is a controversial figure in some parts of the Church as she's been accused of promoting the prosperity gospel. Last summer it was rumoured that White had led Trump to Christ. She told Christian Post: "For nearly fifteen years, I've had countless conversations with Donald Trump about the Bible. In fact, I met him because he watches Christian television and he was moved by one of my sermons: The Value of Vision…Like many Christians, his understanding of the Bible has grown and is growing…I can tell you with confidence that I have heard Mr. Trump verbally acknowledge his faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins through prayer, and I absolutely believe he is a Christian who is growing like the rest of us."

3. Rev Dr Samuel Rodriguez Jr

Rev Dr Samuel Rodriguez Jr is the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference – the largest Hispanic Christian organisation in the world. He has worked with President Obama on justice issues and looks set to continue that work under Trump. Denying that Trump is racist, he said that view was driven by "hyperbole from the liberal media". He wants to work with the incoming president on immigration policy but hasn’t been afraid to criticise him. In September 2016 Trump rejected a path to citizenship for those who have entered the United States illegally. Rodriguez responded by releasing a statement which read, "The NHCLC agrees with Donald Trump that the safety of the American people is a priority, but we are also very disappointed that his speech did not include practical solutions for the 11 million undocumented immigrations who call the United States their home — the people following our laws who are here to provide a better life for their families". 

4. Bishop Wayne T. Jackson

Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International in Detroit attracted criticism when he hosted Trump at his church last September. Responding to the controversy, he said at the time "It’s not about being a Judas to my people. I love my people. I feel that we should be better off than what we are. This is not an endorsement. This is engagement, for him to tell us what he wants to do." The vast majority of black people in America refused to vote for Trump, so Jackson may have to tread carefully or else be seen as endorsing a figure who his community have in large part rejected.  

5. Cardinal Timothy Dolan

The Catholic Archbishop of New York was named as one of the “100 most influential people in the world” by Time magazine in 2012. He's set to deliver a brief reading from the Book of Wisdom, in which King Solomon prays for guidance. But the Cardinal’s presence shouldn’t necessarily be read as an endorsement of Trump’s policies. In stating the following, Dolan likely speaks on behalf of the other leaders in this list: "We pastors and religious leaders are in the sacred enterprise of prayer. People ask us to pray with them and for them. That doesn’t mean we’re for them or against them. That’s our sacred responsibility."

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