The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Scott Custead

Zion Lutheran Church
Hollidaysburg, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Bill Shuster, (R-PA)
Date of Prayer: 06/18/2002

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. SHUSTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise to welcome our guest chaplain, Pastor Scott Custead , from Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. Pastor Custead is a graduate of California State University and received his Master's in Divinity from Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, California. He has been an ordained minister since 1981. He has also served at various churches throughout the State of Pennsylvania and has served this country from 1986 to 1992 as an Army Reserve chaplain. From 1984 through 1985, Pastor Custead served as campus minister at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

In 1986, Pastor Custead came to my home parish in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, where I have had the privilege to come to know him and his family. As a parishioner of Pastor Custead's , I have seen firsthand his deep involvement within the community. Not only is Pastor Custead committed to the religious development of his church, he is also active in many civic organizations including the Hollidaysburg Children and Youth Service Board and is a member of various school and borough committees.

Pastor Custead resides in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Carol, also a minister at our church; and they are the proud parents of two children, Linnea, who is heading off to college this fall at the University of Pittsburgh, and Ryan, who will begin his first year of high school at Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School.

Mr. Speaker, Pastor Custead , or as he is known to Zion members, Pastor Scott , and his family have been a valuable part of our community for many years. It is an honor for me today to welcome him to the House of Representatives, and I thank him for his continued dedication to his church, his community and his country.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, creator of the universe. All life is a gift from your hands. All just pursuits serve your purposes.

You have instituted government to be an instrument of your will. You have given those who govern the responsibility to insure the peace and good order needed for the proper functioning of society.

We, therefore, pray for those who have been called and set aside to serve our nation in this body. May their actions serve your purposes. May their deliberations be based in wisdom. May their goals be just. May they be supported in their work by the prayers of a grateful nation.

In all that this body accomplishes, and in all that we do as a nation, may we be true to our calling to serve all people and to build a better tomorrow. Amen.

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