The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Pastor Greg Shipe

First Baptist Church
Bellefonte, PA

Sponsor: Rep. Glenn Thompson, (R-PA)
Date of Prayer: 04/28/2023

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize my pastor, Pastor Greg Shipe, of the First Baptist Church in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, who offered today's opening prayer in the United States House of Representatives.

Pastor Shipe was ordained into ministry in 2009 and has served the congregation of First Baptist Church since 2011. I am fortunate to be a member of the First Baptist Church congregation.

When he is not behind the pulpit, Pastor Shipe serves as the chaplain to the Logan Fire Company and coaches recreational youth soccer and baseball.

Pastor Shipe and his wife, Connie, are also busy raising six children. They are active foster parents as well. They use their experience to mentor other foster parents in Centre County and beyond.

 As a foster mentor, Pastor Shipe also serves on the board of Keystone Family Alliance, a bridge ministry helping to connect churches to foster agencies, to equip them in caring for children, and to provide resources to local agencies and foster families.

Mr. Speaker, Pastor Shipe and his family continue to inspire those in our congregation, as well as the entire community, and I am thankful for my pastor and this mighty man of God.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the Earth.

We confess that Your word is proven and You are a shield to all those who trust in You.

We thank You for the freedoms, the blessings, and the responsibilities You have bestowed on this land.

Father, we humbly bow before You, asking You to guide this House as they debate, vote, and interact with one another and their constituents, and that they would do so in a manner pleasing to You. We pray that You would grant them wisdom, a wisdom not derived from fallible man, but rather from You and Your infallible word.

We pray for families in our Nation and the needs of vulnerable children. We believe, Father, that righteousness exalts a nation, and so we pray for justice and truth to prevail that You might be glorified in this Nation.

We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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