Faith Leaders for Fairness

Faith leaders across the Mountain State agree: It’s time to pass the Fairness Act to protect LGBT West Virginians from discrimination.

As faith leaders, we believe we must do everything in our power to make sure that West Virginia is a safe place to live, work, and raise a family for all people, including members of the LGBT community. That’s why we are calling on our elected leaders to pass the Fairness Act, a common sense and bipartisan bill that will update our state’s existing laws to protect LGBT West Virginians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces.

LGBT people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. We are all God’s children and we all deserve to go about our daily lives without the fear of discrimination. We recognize the harm caused to our community when our state lacks the vital protections to ensure that no one is fired from a job, denied housing or refused service simply because of who they are or who they love.

Despite our diversity of faith traditions and backgrounds, we share the fundamental belief that we are all called to treat others with the respect we desire for ourselves. We encourage our fellow clergy, our elected officials, and indeed all people of faith to join us in this public commitment to equality, respect and justice for all by supporting the Fairness Act.


Current Signers

Rev. Kay Albright | Bridges of Grace United Church of Christ | Charleston
Rev. Chris Bailey | Marshall UKIRK | Huntington
Ibtesam Sue Barazi | Islamic Association of West Virginia | Charleston
Rev. Kerry Bart | Barboursville First UMC | Barboursville
Seby Bell | New River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship | Beckley
Pastor Wes Bergen | Morgantown Church of the Brethren | Morgantown
Rabbi Joe Blair | Temple Israel/B’nai Israel | Charleston
Rev. Bonnie Boyce | Spring Valley Presbyterian Church | Huntington
Rev. Cindy Briggs-Biondi | United Methodist Church | Charleston
Rev. Claire Butler | Presbyterian Church | Charleston
Rev. Caitlin Coillberg | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston | Charleston
Rev. Jacque Compton | Central Christian Church | Huntington
Timothy Dixon | Grace Christian Fellowship | Huntington
Rev. G. Dee-Ann Dixon | New Street UMC | Shepherdsville
Bishop (ret) Ralph W. Dunkin | Trinity Lutheran | Wheeling
Rev. Rose Edington | Unitarian Universalist Congregation | Charleston
Rev. Sharon Gearing | First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston | South Charleston
Rev. Valerie Gittings | First Baptist Church of Fairmont | Fairmont
Dr. Mavis Grant | First Presbyterian | Morgantown
Rabbi Joseph Hample | Tree of Life Congregation | Morgantown
M.Div. Amanda Kathryn Hill | WVU Medical Center | Morgantown
Director of Spiritual Formation & Campus Ministry Ethel Hornbeck | Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church | Shepherdstown
Rev. Marquita L Hutchens | St. John’s Episcopal Church | Charleston
Rev. Shauna Hyde | United Methodist | Parkersburg
Rev. Diane Jarvis-santelli | UCC chaplain | Huntington
Rev. Matthew Johnson | Suncrest UMC | Morgantown
Rev. David Johnston | Concord United Methodist Church | Athens
Pastor Jeffrey Kanode | Alderson UM Charge | Alderson
Rev. Noha Khoury-Bailey | St. Mary’s Medical Center | Huntington
Rev. Dr. Daniel Kimble | Bridgeport UMC | Bridgeport
Rev. Angela Gay Kinkead | Pea Ridge United Methodist | Huntington
Bishop W. Michie Klusmeyer | Episcopal Diocese | Charleston
Dr. Roy Knight | Retired, United Methodist
Ms. Vivian Kost | St. John’s Episcopal Church | Huntington
Jared Lallone | Community of Christ | Wellsburg
Rev. David Long-Higgins | Heartland Conference | Charleston
Rev. Patterson Lyles | Kananwha United Presbyterian Church | Charleston
Rev. Emily Misfeldt | Ruby Memorial Hospital | Morgantown
Monte Mitchell | Beckley Presbyterian | Beckley
Chris Morehouse | Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church | Presbyterian
James Morley | Presbyterian chaplain, United Hospital Center | Bridgeport
Rev. Zachary Morton | Presbyterian Church | Morgantown
M.Div. Chris Mullett | Formerly of the Clarksburg Mission | Mannington
Gusti Newquist | Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church | Shepherdstown
Rev. Kayla Parker | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston (fmr.) | Huntington
Rev. Stephen Peck | Catholic Universalist Church | Parkersburg
Priest in Charge Charles Pope | St. Mark’s Episcopal | Saint Albans
Mary Pope | St. Mark’s Episcopal | Saint Albans
Robin Ray | Bridgeport Presbyterian Church | Bridgeport
Moira Reilly | WVU Medicine Children’s | Morgantown
Rev. Krysta Rexrode Wolfe | United Methodist Church | Charleston
Rev. Randolf Richardson | Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church | Charleston
Pastor Bob Roberts | First Christian Church | Morgantown
Rev. Maggie Rust | First Presbyterian | Bluefield
Rev. Christopher Scott | United Methodist | Winfield
Rev. Gregory Sears | First United Methodist Church | Huntington
Rev. Anna Pinckney Straight | Presbyterian Church | Lewisburg
Rev. Clare Sulgit | United Methodist | Saint Mary’s
Pastor Dana Sutton | Highlawn Presbyterian | Huntington
Rev. Jeff Taylor | United Methodist Church | Huntington
Rabbi Victor Urecki | Charleston
Canon Donald Vinson | St. John’s Episcopal | Charleston
Rev. Elizabeth Walker | Greenbrier Episcopal Ministries | White Sulphur Springs
Rev. Shawn Weaver | Cheat Lake United Methodist Church | Morgantown
Rev. James Wicker | Cross of Grace Lutheran Church | Hurricane
Rev. Alan Williams | United Methodist | Huntington
Georgiana Williams | First Congregational Church | Huntington
Rev. Jennifer C. Williams | United Methodist Church | Morgantown
Rev. Cheryl Winter | St. Timothy’s In-The-Valley Episcopal Church | Hurricane