The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Phillip L. Pointer, Sr.

St. Mark Baptist Church
Little Rock, AR

Sponsor: Rep. French Hill, (R-AR)
Date of Prayer: 09/14/2016

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. HILL. Mr. Speaker, I rise to welcome today's guest chaplain and my good friend, Reverend Phillip Pointer, or "Pastor P" as he is known throughout our community.
Realizing his love for preaching the ministry as a teen, Pastor P earned his Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and his Master of Divinity with honors from The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in
Richmond, Virginia.
Having devoted much of his life to the church, Pastor Pointer found his way to Saint Mark Baptist Church in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2012, after 10 years as pastor of St. John Baptist Church
in Alexandria, Virginia.
As a loving husband and father, Pastor P understands the challenge in balancing his responsibility to the church and to his family. At Saint Mark Baptist Church, Pastor P highlights the importance of our youth,
with the church, adopting the motto "You. Grow. Here." to advance a safe, loving environment for families and children.
Within 2 years of Pastor P's time as senior pastor of the church, a new youth center was built to give Saint Mark kids a safe environment to learn and play.
Pastor P is the proud husband of his wife, Keya, and he is the loving father of their three children, Gabie, P.J., and Elijah.
I want to thank Pastor Pointer for gracing us with a wonderful opening prayer, and I wish him, his family, and Saint Mark Baptist Church continued success in the Little Rock community.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Great Eternal One, we thank You for these Representatives whom you have given the sacred trust of participating in governing this great
We ask for Your blessing as they begin this session, which will serve to improve the lives of the citizens of this country. Please give them Your wisdom, resolve, and compassion.
May Your Spirit guide every heart, mind, and word so that, by Your power, justice, peace, prosperity, and wholeness are experienced by all who are blessed to live in this land.
Help our Representatives to continue to fully embrace the enormity of this task and to carefully execute their duties with integrity.
Bless their families and loved ones who participate in the sacrifice of governing vicariously.
Encourage them and grant them Your joy during difficult and lonely times.
Let Your loving light emanate from this House today and every day for the sake of Your glory.

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