The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Pastor Craig Pridgen

True Bethel Baptist Church
Niagara Falls, NY

Sponsor: Rep. Brian Higgins, (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 05/18/2023

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:


The SPEAKER. Without objection, the gentleman from New York (Mr. Higgins) is recognized for 1 minute.
There was no objection.
Mr. HIGGINS of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize today's guest chaplain, my friend, Pastor Craig Pridgen.
Pastor Pridgen serves as the senior servant at True Bethel Baptist Church in Niagara Falls.
Through his ministry and community service, he is an energetic and effective advocate for those who have none, who have been doubted, underappreciated, and forgotten.
Buffalo born and raised, Pastor Pridgen has led efforts to promote opportunity through a church–led workforce program, as well as understanding and equality through his position on the board of the National Federation of Just Communities.
He has also supported community–building and wellness initiatives as president of the Niagara Falls Ministerial Council and a senior adviser for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo.
We are grateful to have Pastor Craig Pridgen in the House Chamber for today's opening prayer, and so very fortunate to have him leading by example in all of western New York.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

How can I say thanks for the things that You have done? The voices of 1 million angels could not express our gratitude. All that we are and ever would hope to be, we owe it all to Thee. To God be the glory for the things You have done.
It is in the stillness of a room steeped in tradition that we pause to invite Your presence. I pray Your continued guidance for those whom You have perfectly placed in these hallowed seats. As the psalmist declared, how wonderful and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity. Despite the differences of political affiliation, demographic, gender, or ethnicity, we stand together in this House of the people in unity. One Nation under God.
In the name of the one who is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above
all we can ask or think.  Amen.

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