Pastor Christopher who has served as President of the Tacoma NAACP and leader on progressive causes like raising the minimum wage and paid sick leave to run for City Council Pos. 6
TACOMA – Pastor Gregory Christopher, the head of the Shiloh Baptist Church in the Hill Top neighborhood has announced that he will be running for Tacoma City Council, Pos. 6 (Citywide). Pastor Christopher, who recently made headlines for protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in Washington D.C., has been a leader in the Tacoma African American Community for the past 20 years and more recently a vocal leader on workers rights and police oversight in Tacoma.
“For over two decades I have been involved in advocating for the people of Tacoma and the good of all of God’s people,” said Pastor Christopher. “I recently marched D.C. against the repeal the Affordable Care Act and have been a community leader fighting for the rights of workers as well as low and middle class families – I am passionate about equality and our Democracy and have decided its time to take the step of fighting for ALL in our community as a member of the City Council.”
Pastor Christopher became pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in 2000. Born in Chicago, grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology in Seattle with a Doctorate of Ministry and a Master of Theology. He has also attended Central Community College in Centralia and Pierce College in Tacoma.
A board member of Associated Ministries, Pastor Christopher previously served as a Youth Director of Youth for Christ at the YMCA and is the President of the NAACP of Tacoma. He is a board member in the Tacoma Urban League and a member of the Tacoma-Pierce County Black Collective.
“Pastor Christopher has been an incredible advocate for our communities and I am excited to see him try and take his wealth of community based experience and civic activism to the Tacoma City Council,” said Tacoma women’s health advocate Jacquelyn Ostrom. “His passion for serving others and big heart will bring an important perspective to our City Government – I’m proud to be supporting his candidacy.”
“We will face incredible challenges over the next four years and we need progressive voices like Pastor Christopher pushing back against the intolerance and backward thinking of the other Washington,” said Diane Sosne, A Resident Nurse and President of SEIU 1199NW. “Pastor Christopher has been a leader in fighting for health care access and will work to bring people together, instead of building walls.”
Through his work with the Tacoma Ministerial Alliance, Pastor Christopher has advocated in support of sick and safe leave for local workers, raising the minimum wage, voting rights and has worked to improve police oversight and community relations throughout Tacoma.
Pastor Christopher comes from a unique background, and has demonstrated his capacity for personal growth and resilience through hardship. After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a young man he unfortunately became involved with illicit substances. This led to a series of events that ultimately resulted in his arrest for felony drug possession. While serving his time at Shelton Correctional Facility he reached sobriety, attended Centralia Community College and began working with inmates through the ministries before ultimately finding his calling of becoming a full time Pastor.
“I must admit that throughout my journey I have learned much and have fostered a great passion for our communities,” said Pastor Christopher. “I personally have evolved with the help of friends and neighbors and I have fought to pay that forward by helping our elected leaders and the church be more open and accepting. I personally have very deep convictions in support of immigrants rights, protecting our LGBTQ community, reducing the use of fossil fuels, increasing health care access, fighting homelessness, and supporting workers as well as local small business. These are big issues but it all starts locally – and I look forward to being a progressive voice for change on the Council.”
Pastor Christopher joins three other announced candidates for the citywide Position 6. The deadline to file for office is May 19.