By Tony R. McCray, Jr.
Last Thursday, August 23, the National Primitive Baptist Convention USA President, Elder Bernard C. Yates, endorsed President Obama’s re-election campaign against Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The Hyatt Regency Dearborn conference center, located just outside of Detroit, was packed with approving members from all over the country.
In an expressive and supportive gesture, Elder Yates, during his National President’s Annual Address, said, “I love Obama and I am going to support him for President. However, he did open a can of worms. I am sorry he opened up that can of worms, but he did, however, I am still supporting him for President!”
Members in attendance responded with a thunderous round of applause as Yates gave his endorsement.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Yates is the youngest of 10 siblings, five of whom are ministers and pastors. He assumed his first pastoral assignment at the age of 19 at the Mt. Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church of Waxahachie, Texas where he served for 9 years and 6 months. He met Vonda Elaine Allen his wife of more than 31 years while pasturing that church. It was in 1985 when Elder Yates became the pastor at Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Pensacola, and he has served as its leader ever since.
President Obama sent a letter of congratulations when Yates, the Pastor of Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Pensacola, was installed as the national congregation’s president.
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