The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Doctor Paul Dixon

Cedarville University
Cedarville, OH

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. David Hobson, (R-OH)
Date of Prayer: 04/25/2002

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. HOBSON. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of Senator DeWine and myself, I rise today to recognize this morning's honored guest chaplain, Dr. Paul Dixon , who serves as the president of Cedarville University, which is located in Greene County, Ohio, in my district, and in Cedarville, which is also the home of Senator DeWine.

Dr. Dixon has served in this capacity for 24 years, which is about twice as long as I have been a Member of Congress. Prior to assuming the role as president, Dr. Dixon ministered as an evangelist. He continues his ministry today, traveling to hundreds of churches, youth camps, and adult fellowships throughout the year.

Dr. Dixon is also a popular speaker for professional sports chapel programs, including those of the Cincinnati Reds, the Bengals, the former Houston Oilers, and many National League ball teams.

Dr. Dixon's tenure at Cedarville has been marked by many accomplishments, not the least of which is the institution's physical growth. Under Dr. Dixon's exceptional leadership, enrollment has increased 140 percent, and Cedarville has enjoyed record enrollments for 23 of the 24 years he has been president.
In addition, the campus has grown from less than 100 acres to more than 400 acres. He has built probably $100 million worth of new buildings on this wonderful campus.

He is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University, and holds a doctorate in education from the University of Cincinnati. In May of 2000, he will be transitioning to the role of chancellor for Cedarville University.

As Ohio's Seventh District Representative to the Congress of the United States, I take this opportunity to publicly recognize Dr. Dixon for his achievements on behalf of Cedarville University, and his many contributions to the spiritual growth of Ohio are noteworthy.

I thank him for his service to all those he serves.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Our Father, we praise You today as the Sovereign God of the universe. We bow before You, the Creator God: the God who demonstrated Your great love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Your Son died for us.

Though a young nation, You have smiled upon America. The only way to explain our great country is You. Truly, God, You have blessed America.

Thank You for Your sustaining grace since September 11. Our enemies meant it for evil, but You have used it for good and for Your glory. We cast ourselves on You for those who lost loved one and continue to mourn.

I especially thank You for those dedicated men and women who gather today to do our nation’s business. They serve us, the people, and are Your servants. Please continue to grant strength and wisdom to President Bush and to these women and men in the House.

Today we exalt You and long for Your approval. In the name of our Lord. Amen.

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