The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Darrell Armstrong

Shiloh Baptist Church
Trenton, NJ

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Rush Holt, (D-NJ)
Date of Prayer: 10/21/2009

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. HOLT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to welcome and introduce to my colleagues the Reverend Darrell L. Armstrong , pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, in Trenton, New Jersey.

Rev. Armstrong , a native of Los Angeles, California, moved to New Jersey in 1995 to pursue ministerial training at the Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2000, he was elected by near unanimous vote to serve as pastor of the acclaimed Shiloh Baptist Church, which was founded in 1893. As only the third pastor to lead this church over the past 100 years, Rev. Armstrong has helped to double its membership to over 1,800 congregants, and he has solidified Shiloh Baptist's reputation as a thriving and respected church in central New Jersey.

He is the proud husband of Melanie Pinkey and the father of two children, Amaris Kayla and Daniel LaRue.

Rev. Armstrong is one of more than 70 central New Jersey religious leaders here today for meetings with Members of Congress, administration officials, and outside groups. I know that his inspiring prayer this morning will help to guide not only today's session of the House, but also our meetings throughout the day.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob
God of Miriam, Deborah, and Esther
Thou art my creator, redeemer, and sustainer
Thou who art from everlasting to everlasting

Anoint, bless and guide today's session of the United States House of Representatives!

Grant thy special grace upon these ordinary women and men who gather in these hallowed walls with extraordinary positions of influence and power.

Give them wisdom, knowledge, discernment and understanding to make decisions which positively impact the lives American and world citizens alike.

And as Micah charged, help us to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly before You God!

Bless our international community of nation states, bless our beloved United States of America and do God, bless our President.

Out of loving respect to my brothers and sisters of other faiths (Jewish, Islamic, Bhuddist, Hindu, etc), I pray in the Name of the one I call Jesus the Christ. Amen.

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