COLUMBIA — Pro-family and pro-life leaders from across South Carolina joined a Faith and Family coalition Oct. 8 and will advise Gov. Nikki Haley on family issues over the course of the 2014 campaign.
Chad Connelly, Newberry County’s S.C. Citizens for Life chapter president, contrasted Haley’s commitment to strengthening South Carolina families with liberal career politician Vince Sheheen’s troubling record of pandering to pro-abortion, anti-traditional marriage interests.
“We are touched to have the support of these dedicated and influential faith and family leaders from around South Carolina who understand the importance of having a governor who is truly, in words and deeds, committed to the values we hold so dear,” said Connelly.
“The stronger our families are the stronger our state is,” said Dr. Bob Taylor, a member of Hampton Park Baptist Church where he serves on the board of deacons. “Governor Haley realizes that, and her hard work to bring jobs, protect the unborn and defend traditional marriage is making our families, and therefore our state, stronger.”
Taylor is chairman of the Greenville County Council and retired dean at Bob Jones University.
“Guided by Christian faith and grounded in the unshakable values that make our country great, Governor Haley and First Gentleman Michael Haley, a captain in South Carolina’s Army National Guard, are standing tall for South Carolina families, and South Carolina families are proud to stand with the Haleys,” said Dr. Tony Beam, vice president for Student Services and Christian Worldview at North Greenville University.
Beam hosts the radio show “Christian Worldview Today.” He is also vice chairman of the Christian Life and Public Affairs Committee of the S.C. Baptist Convention.
Other members of the Haley for Governor Faith and Family Coalition include Frank Barron of Lexington, Wayne Cockfield of Florence, Lauren Cooley of Greenville, Dr. John Duncan of Charleston, Bill Egerdahl of Lexington, Carl Falk of Georgetown, Lenna Fox Neill of Greenville, Holly Gatling of Columbia, Chad Groover of Greenville, Jimmy Jones of Columbia, Josh Kimbrell of Greenville, Trudy Laub of Rock Hill, Deb Marks of Columbia, Glenn McCall of Rock Hill, Linda McCall of Rock Hill, Drew McKissick of Columbia, Huey Mill of Lancaster, Alexia Newman of Spartanburg, Randy Page of Greenville, Stu Rodman of Beaufort, LaDonna Ryggs of Spartanburg, Hal Stevenson of Columbia, Dr. Bob Taylor of Greenville and Lisa Van Riper of Greenville.