The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Chaplain John L. Vernon, Jr.

High Point Police Department
High Point, NC

Sponsor: Rep. Ted Budd, (R-NC)
Date of Prayer: 07/18/2018

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. BUDD. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the House's guest chaplain
for the day, John Vernon, who comes to us from High Point, North

John is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and currently
serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Wesleyan Christian Academy.

Beyond the Wesleyan Church, John also serves as lead chaplain for the
High Point Police Department, where he has served faithfully for 18
years. Within the last year, John has taken on the role of lead chaplain for the High Point Fire Department.

John and his wife, Kim, will celebrate 37 years of marriage together
this year. They have two sons, Travis and Kyle, and two wonderful
daughters–in–law, Stephanie and Hillary. We are glad to have Kim, Kyle, and Hillary joining us in the gallery.

Among John and Kim's greatest joys in their lives is spending time
with their three granddaughters, Sadie, Millie, and Nora.

I want to thank Chaplain Vernon for his service and for opening the
House in prayer this morning. We are honored and privileged that he and his family call High Point home.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, we stand in Your presence today, thankful for this great Nation we call home.

I pray for each of these men and women who have been chosen to serve their fellow citizens in this vital task of governing. I pray also for those who serve alongside them as members of their staff, and all their families.

I pray that today You will give these Members godly wisdom. Give them courage to do what is right in the best interest of our Nation and its
people. Give them the humility that truly exemplifies servant leadership. May they each desire to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.

I pray also for those who protect us: members of our military in various parts of the world and first responders all across our Nation. Protect them as they protect us.

All these things I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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