The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Wayne Jenkins

First Baptist Church
Alexandria, VA

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Brad Carson, (D-OK)
Date of Prayer: 02/12/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. CARSON of Oklahoma. Mr. Speaker, it is a great pleasure today to welcome Pastor Wayne Jenkins from First Baptist Church of Alexandria, Virginia, as our guest chaplain.

Pastor Jenkins has served as the Pastor for Education and Married Adults for 8 years. His wife of 34 years, Carolyn Jenkins , is the Minister of Education at Downtown Baptist Church in Alexandria, and they have two adult children, Rand Jenkins who works with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and lives in Fort Worth with his wife, Denise, and Clare Jenkins , who serves on my staff as a legislative assistant.

A man of strong faith, members of his church and community recognize Pastor Jenkins as a wise spiritual leader and encourager. As Pastor of Education and Married Adults, Pastor Jenkins enjoys a wide range of ministry at First Baptist and impacts lives through counseling, teaching and preaching. Pastor Jenkins leads a growing ministry for developing Christians, starting 40 new Bible study classes in 5 years and baptizing 82 into the faith last year. Throughout his career of over 30 years, Pastor Jenkins has demonstrated consistent church leadership and a passion for God's service.

Admired by his parishioners and loved by his family, it is my pleasure to introduce Pastor Jenkins today, and I thank him for giving us a wonderful word to start our business this morning.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Dear Father,
I lift up to you the members of the House of Representatives, their staff members, their spouses and their children. Draw them into personal relationship with you. Reveal yourself to them. Fill them with your Holy Spirit. By the authority of Jesus Christ, cast out all dark and evil spirits. Allow no influence to come near to them except that which is first filtered through the light of your Son, Jesus Christ. Cover them with the blood of Christ. Seal them with the cross of Christ. Redeem them by your grace. Transform them by your power. Teach them by your wisdom. Unite them by your love. Lead them by your purpose. Focus them on your vision. Remind them of their total dependence upon you. Sustain them by your Word. Sanctify them for your Holy Service. Encourage them by your counsel. Father, I entrust them to you and I pray this through your Son, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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