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Every year, we invite speakers to inform and inspire us as we stand up for the lives of unborn children and their families. Below is a short bio for the speakers we have lined up this year:

Rev. Clenard Childress


The Rev. Clenard Howard Childress, Jr., has spoken at almost every Walk West for Life Coast since its founding. A life- long resident of Montclair, New Jersey, he joined the New Calvary Baptist Church in September of 1974 under the pastorate of Dr. Shellie Sampson. He was ordained in 1988 by the North Jersey Shiloh Association and installed as Senior Pastor of New Calvary in April of 1989. The Reverend Childress is a tireless advocate for the Right to Life for all American, with a special emphasis on eliminating the scourge of abortion from the African-American community. He is one of the most respected leaders in the pro-life movement. His accomplishments and awards are too many to list here, but include his 1999 appointment as President of the Life Education And Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N) in Northeast Region; and the founder of BlackGenocide.org. Rev. Childress was extensively profiled in PBS’s Frontline documentary “Anti-Abortion Crusaders inside the African American Abortion Battle.”

Fr. Joseph Fessio


A native of the Bay Area, Fr. Joseph Fessio is one of the world’s best known Jesuit Priests.  Founder of the legendary Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco, he is also the founder and editor of Ignatius Press, which has been called the most important publisher of Catholic books in the English language. Fr. Fessio has served as the Chaplain of the Walk for Life West Coast since 2013.