Marble Collegiate Church declares Donald Trump not an active member
The historic Marble Collegiate Church on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York, where the leading 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he was a member, said Friday that the mogul of the billionaire real estate was not an active member.
“I am a Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church,” Trump reportedly told reporters Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina. according to CNN.
The Marble Collegiate Church, however, is not a Presbyterian denomination, but is part of the Reformed Church in America.
In a statement posted to this network, the church, which dates back to 1628, acknowledged a close connection to Trump’s family, but said he was not an active devotee.
Donald Trump has a long history with Marble Collegiate Church, where his parents have been active members for years and one of his children has been baptized. However, as he points out, he is Presbyterian and is not not an active member of Marble “. the statement said.
Marble collegiate church according to its website is the oldest place of worship of the Collegiate Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in New York City and the oldest Protestant organization in North America with continuous service. It was organized in 1628 under the leadership of the Dutch West India Company.
“We are a community of people on a shared journey of life and faith. We are committed to inclusion, to being a place of welcome, security, love and respect for all people, regardless of their location. ‘age, status, economy, color, sexual orientation, or any of the categories the world constructs to separate or alienate people from people, âthe church said in a message from welcome to the website. “In this place we celebrate the fact that we are all children of the same God and therefore all brothers and sisters to one another.”
According to CNN, Trump expressed his admiration for Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the self-help book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” who also served as a pastor at Marble Collegiate Church for 52 years from 1932 to 1984. Peale died in December, 1993.
âDr. Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking Was My Pastor,â Trump said Tuesday. âTo this day one of the great speakers I’ve seen. You hated leaving the church. You hated when the sermon was over. That’s how great he was at Marble Collegiate Church.â
Trump, who is a favorite among white evangelical voters, also said Thursday that “at some point I will meet with ministers and pastors.”
Next month, according to the Wall Street Journal, televangelist Paula White, with whom the real estate mogul has a long-standing relationship, will hold a meeting with Trump and other Christian leaders in New York.
The meeting, scheduled for September 28 at Trump Tower, is expected to be “a small group meeting, maximum 30 people.”
“Mr. Trump’s goal is simple, to hear the hearts of America’s Christian leaders and learn what they believe are the most critical issues facing our nation today,” wrote Sheila Withum, public relations manager in Tampa, Florida.