Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) attended the first ever Raleigh County Pastor’s Appreciation prayer breakfast at Blue Ridge Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

“Keep doing the great work you’re doing,” Gov. Justice told a group of approximately 55 pastors from the Beckley area. “I could not thank you enough.”

The governor encouraged the pastors, telling them that in the struggles facing West Virginia, clergy members are on the front lines.

“You are our fabric,” Gov. Justice said.

Chris Besoiu, general manager at Blue Ridge, said he and his wife Heather hope to hold the breakfast twice a year going forward. He said the event was a way back to give back to the faith leaders in the area, and he praised the governor’s message.

“It was a wonderful experience to have him open up to us,” Besoiu said.

 Gov. Justice took questions from the audience, addressing a wide range of current topics – including the opioid crisis.

“We’ve got to have hope back,” Gov.  Justice said. “And in all honesty, having the ability to have a job brings back a whole lot of hope.”

The governor also spoke about moving West Virginia forward, and how good things are happening in the state.

“We are so much better than 50th, and we are so good in so many ways, and we need to be winning and thriving and going to­­ the forefront in every way,” Gov. Justice said.