“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. William G. Boykin (ret), a clergyman and Executive VP at the Family Research Council, and Bishop E.W. Jackson, Founder and President of STAND, 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.
Pastors at the event were so moved by General Boykin’s message that when Bishop E.W. Jackson gave the call for ministers present to join the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia, every minister in attendance stood to his feet and came forward, committing himself to the cause. Thus, the Black Robe Regiment of Virginia was born.