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Ted Cruz Wins Over 100 New Faith Leader Endorsements in Florida and Missouri

GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz announced endorsements from more than 100 Missouri and Florida pastors and faith leaders on Monday, just ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections contests.

The Cruz campaign touted the endorsements as evidence of the “grassroots army coalescing behind Cruz.” New endorsements in Florida come from “a wide range of regions throughout the Sunshine State from the Panhandle, to northeast Florida, down to central and south Florida,” the campaign stated.

Cruz will hold rallies in five Illinois cities on Monday while his wife Heidi makes three stops in North Carolina.

The campaign has targeted large segments of what many refer to as the faith community. The senator’s last stop of the day will be at the iWorship Center in Springfield. Heidi Cruz was scheduled for a stop at Tri-City Baptist Church in Conover, North Carolina.

Republican primary voters in five states will decide on Tuesday which candidate to support. That includes Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio.

In Missouri, Cruz added 25 new endorsements to add to ten previously announced Missouri pastor and faith leader endorsements. “Heidi and I are grateful for the prayers and support of these faithful men and women,” Cruz said following the endorsements.

New Florida faith leader endorsements:

Mr. Randy Highsmith, Alachua County – Treasurer, Summit Baptist Church

Mr. John Gough, Brevard County – Deacon, Lighthouse Assembly of God

Rev. Bill Hinckley, Brevard County – Chaplain, Shield of Faith Ministries International

Mr. Richard Quiroga, Broward County County – Christian Activist

Mrs. Ilissa Boisvert, Broward County County – Sunday School Teacher, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach

Mr. Rene Boisvert, Broward County County – Facilities Committee Member, First Baptist Church of Pompano Beach

Pastor Roger King, Calhoun County – Pastor, Gateway Baptist Church

Mrs. Sylvia Croft, Clay County – Pastor’s Wife, Morning Star Family Church

Pastor Tom Croft, Clay County – Pastor, Morning Star Family Church

Pastor Shawn House, Clay County – Pastor, Gadara Baptist Church

Pastor Bob Coulter, Clay County – Pastor, Middleburg First Church of God

Mr. Thomas Platt, Clay County – Elder, Hibernia Baptist Church

Mr. Greg Harper, Collier County – Former President, Inspired Learning Center

Mrs. Mary Harper, Collier County – Ministry Leader, Inspired Learning Center

Pastor Patrick Gimenez, Columbia County – Pastor, Victory Springs Independent Baptist Church

Rev. Gerald Bustin, Duval County – Pastor, Open Door Community Church

Mr. Brandon Rossi, Duval County – Youth Counselor

Pastor Steve DuBose, Duval County – Pastor, Lane Ave. Church of God

Mrs. Bonnie Kleinik, Duval County – Staff, Biblical Concepts Ministries

Dr. Gene Youngblood, Duval County – Pastor, First Conservative Baptist Church

Dr. Dorothy Youngblood, Duval County – Vice President, Conservative Theological University

Mr. Steve Hall, Duval County – President, Kingdom Fellowship

Pastor Wade Mask, Duval County – Pastor, Wayside Assembly of God

Dr. John Montgomery, Duval County – Pastor, Cedar Creek Baptist Church

Mrs. Ginger Soud, Duval County – Sunday School Teacher, First Baptist Church Jacksonville

Dr. Raymond Johnson, Duval County – President, Biblical Concepts Ministries

Mr. Brad Straley, Duval County – Founder and President, Jacksonville For Life

Rev. Scott Shifferd, Duval County – Minister, Dean Road Church of Christ

Pastor Terry Gore, Duval County – Pastor, Franklin Street Baptist Church

Rev. David Eure, Duval County – Founder and President, Lighthouse Christian School

Pastor Richard Edwards, Duval County – Pastor, First Coast Baptist Church

Pastor Glen Anderson, Escambria County – Pastor, Pensacola Baptist Temple

Pastor John Miller, Gichrist County – Pastor, Christian Fellowship Community Church

Pastor Donald Grant, Hernando County – Pastor, First Baptist Church of Webster

Mr. Keith Aeschbach, Hillsborough County – Teacher, Tampa Catholic High School

Mr. Thomas Crane, Hillsborough County – Elder, Tampa Covenant Church

Mrs. Martha Crane, Hillsborough County – Sunday School Teacher, Tampa Covenant Church

Ms. Donna Rogers, Hillsborough County – Founder, Angel of Love and Light Ministries

Miss Kara Bremer, Jackson County – Secretary, First Baptist Church Blountstown

Pastor Roger Rees, Lake County – Pastor, Kingdom Covenant Church

Mr. David Doan, Lee County – Board Member, Personhood Florida

Rev. Rick Stevens, Lee County – Senior Pastor, Diplomat Wesleyan Church

Mr. Phillip Fender, Leon County – Children’s Ministry Leader, House of Protection

Mrs. Kathy Pendergrass, Manatee County – Choir Director, St. Mary Magdalene Church

Pastor Wendy Gallegos, Marion County – Vice President, Family Care Givers/Evangelical Bible Misson

Ms. Sandra Valdes, Miami-Dade County – Program Director, St. Luke’s Addiction Recovery Center

Pastor Darrell Morgan, Orange County – Pastor, Word of Life Church

Pastor Audra Smith, Orange County – Youth Pastor, Orlando International Worship Center

Pastor Ruth Noboa, Orange County – Pastor, Iglesia Siloe

Mr. Joseph Nadeau, Orange County – Founder, Ramoth Ministries

Mrs. Kathleen Albert, Orange County – Ministry Leader, Women Impacting the Nation

Pastor Milagro Lugo, Orange County – Pastor, 23rd Psalm Church Ministry

Mr. Norman Sergant, Orange County – Evangelist, Body of Messiah

Pastor Robert Young, Orange County – Pastor, Tabernacle of Glory Apostolic Church

Dr. Samuel Torres, Orange County – Pastor, Iglesia de Cristo Misionera Nueva Vida

Pastor James Book, Osceola County – Senior Minister, First Christian Church at Kissimmee

Pastor Israel Sotolongo, Pasco County – Associate Pastor, Tabernacle of God Church

Ms. Roberta Vincent, Pasco County – Children’s Church Director, Christian and Missionary Alliance Church

Pastor Anthony McDaniel, Pinellas County – Lead Pastor, Abundant Life Ministries

Ms. Nancy Davis, Pinellas County – Deacon, Faith Community Church

Mr. Glenn Pav, Pinellas County – Spiritual Director, The Palms of Largo

Mr. Aaron Brown, Pinellas County – Small Group Leader, Calvary Baptist Church

Dr. John Long, Polk County – Pastor, The Chapel at Polo Park

Pastor Larry Branham, Polk County – Pastor, Cleveland Height Baptist Church

Rev. Leonard Ward, Polk County – Pastor, River of Life Church

Pastor Glenn Capple, Polk County – Pastor, New Hope Gospel Ministries

Pastor Roscoe William, Polk County – Pastor, The Family Church

Rev. Tanya Zettek, Polk County – Missionary, Alive 2 Love Ministries/Grace & Glory

Mrs. Patty Burke, Santa Rosa County – Counselor, Alpha Center

Pastor Alicia Andrew, Santa Rosa County – Pastor, Emerald Coast Christian Family Fellowship

Mr. David Jeffers, Santa Rosa County – Christian Author, Ministry Leader

Pastor Kenneth Dawson, St. Lucie County – Pastor, Midway Road Church of Christ

Pastor Jeff Ledbetter, Sumter County – Pastor, Landmark Baptist Church of Bushnell

Mrs. Sarah Smith, Volusia County – Pastor’s Wife, South Haven Christian Church

Pastor Paul Bryan, Volusia County – President, Lighthouse Ministries International

Ms. Myrleen Pace, Volusia County – Christian Activist

Pastor Mark Mueller, Volusia County – Worship Pastor, The Lighthouse Church

Pastor Michael Smith, Volusia County – Pastor, South Haven Christian Church

New Missouri faith leader endorsements:

Pastor Keith Adamson, Cedar Gap Church

Pastor Brian Andrews, Amazing Grace Baptist Church

Pastor Chad Blansit, Bethany Church

Caleb Brown, Chairman of Deacons, Ramsey Creek Baptist Church

Pastor Aaron Brummitt, Lighthouse Anabaptist Church

Pastor Robert Burnett, Central Baptist Church

Mr. Jeremiah Cote, Youth Ministry Pastor & Missouri Millennials for Cruz State Director

Coby Cullins, President, National Safety Compliance, Inc.

Pastor Jerid Davis, Associate Pastor, Lighthouse Ministries

Pastor George Davis, Senior Pastor, Lighthouse Ministries

Mrs. Michelle Elliott, Evangelist, Kingdom Warriors for Christ

Pastor Herbert Hensley, Nebo Freewill Baptist Church

Don Hinkle, Public Policy Director, Missouri Baptist Convention

Pastor Dan Hite, Director, Pillar Foundation & Pastor, Christian Family Fellowship

Pastor Larry Ingracia, Associate Pastor at Transforming Life Church

Pastor Don Johnson, Hope Church

Mrs. Sherry Kuttenkuler, Central Missouri Director, Concerned Women for America

Pastor Brad Luckey, Senior Pastor, Bible Missionary Church

Mrs. Jill Noble, Kansas City Area Director, Concerned Women for America

Mrs. Debra Rodriguez, Evangelist, Kingdom Warriors for Christ

Mr. David Schminkey, Bible Professor, Ozark Bible Institute

Mrs. Dawn Schminkey, Alumni Secretary, Ozark Bible Institute

Pastor Mike Shelton, Academic Dean, Ozark Bible Institute

Pastor Carl Kingsley Walker, Life Gate International

Pastor Herb Ward, Senior Pastor, Harley Church of God

Previously announced Missouri faith leader endorsements:

Mr. Rich Bott, President of Bott Radio Network

Mr. Dick Bott, Founder of Bott Radio Network

Former State Senator Delbert Scott, President, Kansas Christian College

Mrs. Bev Ehlen, Missouri State Director, Concerned Women for America

Ben Baker, Dean of Students at Ozark Bible Institute

Pastor Chris Lybarger, Senior Pastor at Fellowship First Baptist Church

Pastor John McCaherty, Pastor & State Representative

Mr. Calvin Morrow, Director at Christians Uniting for Political Action

Dr. Chuck Hoskins, Executive Director & Director of Missions, Jefferson Baptist Association

Dr. Karladine Graves, Christian Citizens United

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