The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Vaughn Baker

Christ United Methodist Church
Fort Worth, TX

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Kay Granger, (R-TX)
Date of Prayer: 10/07/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Ms. GRANGER. Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Vaughn Baker , his wife, Jacqueline, and his daughter, Amanda, to the House of Representatives this morning to lead us in prayer. Dr. Baker is the senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and has various churches around Texas and the Republic of Ireland.

Dr. Baker earned his undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and worked on his postgraduate degrees at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Baker is also finishing his doctorate of theology dissertation from the University of South Africa in the field of missiology, the area of practical theology that investigates the mandate, message, and work of the Christian missionary.

Dr. Baker's family has also made service a core part of their lives. Dr. Baker's wife, Jacqueline, is a special education teacher in Weatherford, Texas, and his daughter, Amanda, is currently finishing two degrees at the University of Texas in Austin. Amanda has been involved in overseas education programs and has also been involved with mission work in Turkey. Dr. Baker and his wife currently live in Weatherford, Texas.

We thank Dr. Baker very much for leading us in prayer this morning.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Gracious God and Loving Lord, we your people call to mind the scriptures which remind us, saying, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." You are our God and we are your people, the sheep of your pasture. Lead us this day, gentle Shepherd, in the paths of righteousness for your name's sake.

Send upon us this day the gifts that can only come from you. Grant us understanding, grant us wisdom, and grant us courage for the facing of these days. Give us as well the gift of unity, as we are reminded that a house divided cannot stand. May we strive to be of one heart and mind as we seek to accomplish your divine purpose, here on earth as it is in heaven.

We ask all of this in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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