PASTOR CHRIST OUR REDEEMER AME CHURCH
WHY: Heads the largest African Methodist Episcopal church in OC, with more than 3,000 members at Irvine Spectrum-area church. Took over from Rev. Mark Whitlock, who served as senior pastor in area for some 20 years.
NOTABLE: A June 13 Unity March and Rally starting at the church drew over 2,000 people. Said the event’s goals were “to stand in solidarity against racism, injustice, and division,” while also emphasizing voter registration and participation.
QUOTABLE: “The goal is not to stop at voter registration, but we must educate voters on the candidates that support the policies that matter to our community such as changes to our criminal justice system, policing standards and more.”