Reverend Britt Pledger of Jesus the Christ Church says Rochester's religious community needs to take the message to the streets, "ultimately we need to get outside the church," said Reverend Pledger, "we're not taking a stand we're not saying this is my community I live in, I no longer want to see the drug dealer on the block I don't want to see them in front of the store."
He has been taking a stand for quite some time. Reverend Pledger organizes vigils for families of murder victims. He also has a group, "Stop Kill'n, Start Chill'n," which promotes peace. Reverend Pledger says he does it because silence is dangerous, "if we don't say nothing, we're saying it's okay."
He says churches and community groups need to join together more often to save lives. It could mean unconventional methods like the gun buy back held last month, organized by Orleans County Prisoners and the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church.
Reverend Pledger and his congregation are promising to do their part to take back the streets, "we come inside to worship, we leave to serve," said Reverend Pledger, "we're going to be servants for the Lord and our job is to go out here and minister to the people of God, and yes we are small in numbers, I must say that, we are small in numbers, but we are great in the heart."