The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Clint Decker

Clay Center Wesleyan Church
Clay Center, KS

Sponsor: Rep. Jerry Moran, (R-KS)
Date of Prayer: 06/04/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. MORAN of Kansas. Mr. Speaker, it is my great honor today to welcome to the House of Representatives the Reverend Clint Decker . Through radio interviews and his involvement in his community of Clay Center, Kansas, I have worked with Clint for many years, and I am pleased to have him here today to offer our opening prayer.

I am also happy to welcome his wife, Kathe Decker , a State Representative from the 64th district in Kansas. She has served our State very well in the State capital. Also joining them today is their granddaughter Jessica, who is visiting Washington, D.C., for the very first time.

Clint is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. He has served in the positions of Assistant Pastor and Youth Pastor in Clay Center Wesleyan Church since 1997.

Over the last 3 years, Clint has served as the Assistant News Director for KCLY and KFRM radio. In these positions he has earned State awards for his work and has also helped the station earn Station of the Year honors.

Clint has been involved in the Detour Youth Center, a local community youth ministry, since 2000. He has served on the board and been the ministry's director and has been a regular speaker in working with youth.

In 1990, Clint's life was transformed and he later left a promising career in business to pursue service in the full–time ministry. Clint attended the Mid–America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, and completed his requirements for ordination in Indiana.

Clint was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, and has also lived in Ohio, Colorado, and Missouri. He is the youngest of one brother and two sisters. His father is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. His mother and father have been in the pastorate for over 25 years.

Mr. Speaker, I welcome Clint and his family to the Nation's Capital.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

My Father, who rules the universe from Your throne in heaven, holy is Your Name. Your kingdom now lives in the hearts of Your children and one day will rule this earth. May Your will be done in and through these Representatives today, as it is done in heaven. May Your wisdom be sought and Scriptures obeyed. Thank You for our daily bread. You have given us the food we eat and this free country we live in. Father, forgive us our sins. Forgive our pride, selfishness, and stubborn hearts. Also, forgive those who’ve sinned against us; those who’ve mistreated us. Protect us from the Evil One today. Guard marriages in this Chamber he will try to defeat. Guard souls he will try to tempt. May Your presence be acknowledged many times today. To You, God, belongs all glory, honor and power. In the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

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