Pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant is an African-American pastor as of February 2008 of the Empowerment Temple AME church in Baltimore, Maryland. He was appointed in December 2018 as the Senior Pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in US.
30 people were reported to have gone to the altar on Sunday January 6 seeking aid, pastor Jamal Bryant said he felt he and his congregation had a responsibility. Bryan said “When I originally brought them down, I was just going to pray for them”. But he said God spoke to him to do more, he asked his members to dig into their purses and give out to those who were not getting paid as the result of the government shut down and each of the affected members were able to get nearly $300 each.
“I was absolutely blown away, I’ve only been in here for a month, I had no idea that compassion was this high in Atlanta”, Bryant said. He believes that when the government shuts down is when the church should be open and it’s important not wait for anyone to help before you do.
Bryant went on to say that there are more people who are still in need based on the comments he got from those who missed service but he and his team is working on ways to help members on an ongoing basis until the shutdown ends.