The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Dr. Arnold B. Lovell

Second Presbyterian Church
Knoxville, TN

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. John Duncan, (R-TN)
Date of Prayer: 07/13/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. DUNCAN. Mr. Speaker, our guest chaplain today is my friend, Dr. Arnold Lovell , pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.

The Second Presbyterian is one of Knoxville's leading churches with approximately 1,000 members. Arnold has led that church as a senior pastor since 1997. Prior to that, he served for 10 years on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA, as a professor of evangelism. He still teaches there in summer programs.

Before that he was pastor of the first Presbyterian Church in South Charleston, WV. Dr. Lovell has two doctorates and is a leader in denominational activities of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

Before going into the ministry, he was a coach of football and other sports at West Davidson High School in North Carolina. He is a chaplain for the Knoxville Quarterback Club and an avid fan of NASCAR and U.T. football.

He and his wife Emily have two daughters, Carolyn and Catherine, and the Lovell women are here today in the gallery.

Arnold Lovell is a patriotic American, a leader in both Tennessee and the Nation, and I am fortunate to have him as a friend and as guest chaplain in the United States House of Representatives today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Eternal Father, strong to save; throughout the centuries you have guided the hands, hearts, and lives of the founders, leaders, and citizens of this nation. We invoke your presence and power today for those upon whom the mantle of leadership has fallen. As the Members of Congress gather this day, give them courage, clarity of vision, and compassionate hearts, that in their frailty as human beings they might carry out the enormous task of service to which they have been called.

May the decisions made in the deliberations of this day be governed by the common good, virtue, and the principles of participation, affirming the equality that all men and women have before you, O God. Give our representatives strength and honesty to avoid the politics of personal agendas, power, and partisanship, that they might serve the public good. And may all glory be given unto you, Almighty God.


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