The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Tracy A. Carroll

Community Christian Church
Camdenton, MO

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Ike Skelton, (D-MO)
Date of Prayer: 01/29/2003

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. SKELTON. Mr. Speaker, it is my privilege today to introduce to my House colleagues our guest chaplain, Reverend Tracy A . Carroll, minister of the Community Christian Church in Camdenton, Missouri.

Reverend Carroll was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, and still has many relatives in northern Missouri. After graduating from high school in Des Moines, Iowa, he attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon, and later earned a Master's of Divinity from Texas Christian University.

Reverend Carroll is joined today by his wife, Colleen, who is also an ordained minister, working alongside her husband as an associate minister at the Community Christian Church. They have two children, Nathaniel, who is a senior at Camdenton, High School, and Tabitha, who is in the 7th grade at Camdenton Junior High School.

Reverend Carroll has devoted his life to the ministry for over 20 years and has served the Community Christian Church in Camdenton since 1992. In the time that they have lived in Camdenton, the Carrolls have become beloved members of the Lake of the Ozarks community. Both church members and members of the community at large talk about Reverend Carroll's compassion and his caring for others.

Reverend Carroll has been very active in community affairs, playing a major role in the Lake Area Ministerial Alliance and with the LAMB House, which provides food and clothing to those in need. He has been on the board of the Citizens Against Domestic Violence, worked with Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, and many other community and youth organizations.

I would like to thank Chaplain Coughlin for his kind invitation to Reverend Carroll to offer the opening prayer, and I would like to thank both Reverend Carrolls for traveling to our Nation's capital to be with us today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

God of all nations and the United States of America, bless the House of Representatives, as together they converse, contemplate and carve paths of peace, purpose and prosperity for all people. Remind each statesman and stateswoman of sacred trust. Grant assurance of the goodness of people across this great land, as we face various concerns in this generation. In gratitude for institutions of democracy, grant courage to stand and to build consensus. Guard from partisanship and political pressure. Help each to listen to You and the voices of all people, until unity and harmony are discovered anew for the least and the greatest, immigrant and long time citizen, orphan and secure child, widow and married, poor and rich, farmer and developer, mentally ill and capable teacher, investor and consumer, employed and unemployed, physically challenged and strong athlete, soldier and protestor, young and the aged, sorrowing ones and ones who rejoice. Bless the personal lives of our leaders, granting them moments of renewal in the midst of demanding days. Bless the people of the United States and all people in Your world. Amen.

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