Black Advocates Hosts Pastors Empowerment Brunch

Alliance members, from left, Paul Carter, Knights of Peter Claver; Tomarra Chavis, volunteer; Kelley Chapman, director of the Diocese of Lafayette Office of Marriage and Family Life; Shermane Reed, director of Determined to Rise Ministries; Trista Littell, director of Diocese Office of Pro-Life Apostolate ; Dustin Bertrand, director of God Made Self Driven Ministries; Dr. Kathy Allen, state director Louisiana Black Advocates for Life; and Stephanie Bernard, director of Diocese Office of Black Catholic Ministries.

By Dr. Kathy Allen, State Director
Louisiana Black Advocates for Life

Black Advocates for Life, along with collaborative partners under the banner of “Alliance for Life,” held the the first Pastors Empowerment Brunch in Lafayette Nov. 12.  The goal of the event was to unite church leaders across denominational lines to encourage greater pro-life advocacy in the Black community on social justice issues at all stages and conditions of life.

Pastors and church leaders enjoyed a meal of chicken, waffles, shrimp and grits, eggs and sausage while listening to powerful personal testimonies and receiving practical information about community-based resources and effective strategies for creating a greater pro-life culture in churches and the surrounding community.

Event Speaker Pastor Jonathan Burton, associate director of Louisiana Black Advocates for Life.

The Alliance for Life will continue to minister in the Acadiana community to expand the range of the pro-life message and to more greatly unite and empower local church communities with connections to resources, practical and technical assistance, workshops and presentations.

The Alliance for Life can be reached at, or