The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Fred S. Hollomon

Kansas Senate
Topeka, KS

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Jerry Moran, (R-KS)
Date of Prayer: 04/27/2005

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. MORAN of Kansas. Madam Speaker, I am honored today to introduce to the House of Representatives the Reverend Fred Holloman of Topeka, Kansas. Reverend Holloman is a retired Southern Baptist minister and is currently a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.

Reverend Holloman retired in 2002 after serving 50 years in the ministry. He had attended seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, after graduating from the University of Alabama. After serving in Oklahoma and Missouri, Reverend Holloman moved to Kansas in 1958. He was pastor in Baxter Springs, Manhattan, Lawrence, and Kansas City before concluding his career as a Baptist minister with a 15–year tenure in Topeka.

I am especially glad to be introducing my friend Reverend Holloman today because he served as the chaplain of the Kansas Senate during my time there. Fred was there a lot longer in the Kansas Senate than I. He has served as the senate chaplain for now 24 years, where he is known for his wit and his incisive thought when he delivers his invocation, but also known as someone who cares and has compassion for every member of our legislature and their families.

Many of Reverend Holloman's relatives have joined us today and are in attendance. He and his wife, Pat, have nine children. His children and grandchildren have come here to our Nation's Capital all the way from Texas and Kansas.

Please join me in welcoming the Reverend Holloman to the United States House of Representatives.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, there are some time–honored proverbs and maxims which have been helpful in making decisions, but some of them are not always appropriate for our situation.

For instance, there are some sleeping dogs which really should be awakened. There are some squeaking wheels which do not deserve any grease. There are some boats which not only need to be rocked but need to be sunk.

Please give us the wisdom, O God, to decide which dogs to wake up, which squeaks to ignore, which boats to sink.

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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