Rev. Charlie Holt acts as a kind of messenger to the area churches.

The pastor of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lake Mary is one of many members of the Sanford Pastors Connecting group.

It's a group of pastors who wait every morning to get into the George Zimmerman trial to listen to proceedings as part of a peace-keeping movement.

"So there are four seats every day, at the morning session and afternoon session, so that pastors can sign up and sit in the trial," said Rev. Holt.

Reverend Holt has been inside the courtroom at the Seminole County Criminal Justice Center. He listened to jury selection, the strong words during opening statements, and to the Defense's knock-knock joke.

A group of pastors from the predominantly black Goldsboro neighborhood, as well as surrounding neighborhoods, were asked by the Justice Department and other law enforcement agencies, to become members of Sanford Pastors Connecting.

The group will share what they hear in court with their congregations to dispel any rumors which could lead to protests, like the kind seen before the trial.

Holt and other pastors are aware that before Geroge Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, Sanford faced racial tension. There was a time when black and white Sanford pastors did not meet in the same room.

Now, Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial has brought them together to keep the peace.

The group is also mindful not everyone will agree with the eventual verdict. 

Their task will continue after the spotlight is no longer on Sanford.

 "Long after this trial is over, the community will still be here," Rev. Holt said. "And so we have to let this community know that we're working on it. That the issues that this trial has raised are important, they're serious, they need to be addressed."