Local Leaders to Discuss Immigrants, Ministry and Advocacy

Communications Associate

October 27, 2016

CLEMSON, S.C. — Local faith, law enforcement and business leaders will engage in a panel discussion tonight on immigrants and immigration.

One main focus of the conversation will be the role of Christians in advocating for and ministering to immigrants and refugees. Participants will discuss how churches and Christians can support immigrants on a local and national level as well as economic, security and political questions related to immigration.

In addition to faith leaders, the panel will include business and law enforcement leaders for an in-depth discussion from multiple perspectives on welcoming and advocating for immigrants as members of the community.

Hosted by Clemson Baptist Campus Ministries and Friends of Internationals, the event is free and open to the public.

The following are quotes from speakers ahead of tonight’s event:

Pastor Ryan Goodroe, Utica Baptist Church, Seneca, S.C.:

“The evangelical community loves and values the immigrant population because they remind us of the fact that we are all created in the image of God, regardless of the nationality of our birth. We seek to be obedient to the biblical command to ‘show hospitality to strangers’ (Hebrews 13:2). The church’s primary mission is to make disciples of all nations, and at this point in our nation’s history, God is bringing the nations to us!”

Jon Varner, Director, Friends of Internationals:
“I believe international students, on university campuses all across the U.S., are the most strategic agents for accomplishing the Great Commission.”

Additional speakers include Jimmy Dixon, Clemson Police Chief, and Vernon Bacher, owner of the “All In” Coffee Shop & Bakery in Clemson.

WHAT:          Panel discussion with local leaders on Immigrants, Ministry and Advocacy

WHEN:         7 p.m. today, Oct. 25

WHERE:     Clemson Baptist Collegiate Ministry
183 Old Greenville Hwy
Clemson, SC 29631