America’s Black Robe Regiment (ABRR) was established in September 2012 as an association of clergy who seek to follow the example of the bold and courageous 18th Century clergy who inspired and often fought, led troops, and paid the ultimate sacrifice in the American Revolution. Our vision is growing companies of two or more pastors in every political jurisdiction in America, asserting their own and the vital leadership and influence of their flocks in local (civil) government, in order to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
The epic contribution of the 18th Century minister to the “monumental act of Independence” has been largely ignored in the teaching of American History in public schools. Nevertheless, the political worldview expressed in the Founding Charters had been proclaimed for decades by the time the American Revolution began at Lexington on April 19, 1775. Aptly portrayed by author and historian John Wingate Thornton, these clergy “were Timothies in their houses, Chrysostomes in their pulpits, and Augustines in their disputations.” These patriot pastors preached on battlefields, served as chaplains, accompanied the men of their flocks into battle, prayed for and comforted the wounded, and some like Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, event traded his pulpit for the sword.
The name “Black Regiment” was coined by the British as a derisive reference to the American clergy and their black Cambridge gowns which they wore in the pulpit. The term was also acknowledged their preaching and leadership in the War for Independence. Were it not for these bold and courageous ministers, we might not have religious freedom in America today.
“Black (Robe) Regiment” was coined by the British as a derisive reference to the black Geneva gown worn by New England clergy when they preached. Use of the term was sardonic acknowledgement of their seminal role in the War for Independence. Were it not for these bold and courageous ministers, we would not be enjoying religious freedom in America today.
The “Black Regiment’ had preached the political ideology in the Founding Charters ere Jefferson put quill to parchment in the Great Declaration or first blood was drawn at Lexington April 19, 1775. They preached on battlefields, served as chaplains, accompanied the men of their flocks in battle, prayed for and comforted the wounded, and some like Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, even traded the crozier for the sword.
Lt. Gen Jerry Boykin
Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret), a clergyman and Executive Vice President at the Family Research Council, and Bishop E.W. Jackson, Founder and President of STAND (Staying True to America’s National Destiny), commissioned the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia on September 19, 2012 at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.
Other speakers included Don Blake, Chairman & President of the Virginia Christian Alliance, Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Rev. Bill Cook, Founder & CEO of the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia, Michael P. Farris, founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association, Patrick Henry College, and President, CEO and General Counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Chris Freund, Vice President of Policy & Communications for The Family Foundation, John Guandolo, Founder & President of Guandolo Associates and Understanding the Threat, Bishop E.W. Jackson, President of, Dean Welty, Director of the Valley Family Forum, and Rev. Travis Witt reenacted the January 21, 1776 sermon of Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, in which he announced that he was leaving the pulpit for the battlefield to take a commission as a Colonel in the Continental Army.
Bishop E.W. Jackson
Pastors at the event were deeply moved by General Boykin’s message and when Bishop E.W. Jackson gave the call for ministers join the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia, every minister present stood to his feet and came forward, committing himself to the cause. Thus, the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia was born.