Center: Bryan Parker and Bishop Bob Jackson.

OAKLAND | MAYOR | Not many people know Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker was once on the path to the priesthood.

Parker attended the seminary as a teenager and although he maintained his faith, he later became disillusioned by the Catholic Church, and reversed course.

Therefore, it’s no surprise Parker was one of three candidates who received the backing Tuesday from 200 of Oakland’s most influential pastors.  Although, the group did not suggest a 1-2-3 order for voters in the ranked-choice voting election this fall, Joe Tuman received the most votes, followed by Parker and Dan Siegel.

However, the selection also came with some guidance from above.

When it came to Parker’s endorsement, well-know Bishop Bob Jackson of Oakland’s Acts Full Gospel Church said, “We prayed on it, evaluated performance, and in the end, were guided by Proverbs 29:2, which says, ‘When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people mourn.'”

However, it begs to question: is Bishop Bob saying Mayor Jean Quan is backed by the Devil?

UPDATE: A correction was made to reflect Joe Tuman received the most votes from the group of Oakland pastor.