Rev. Jonathan Falwell Offers Opening Prayer as Guest Chaplain in U.S. House of Representatives

May 2, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Rev. Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, served as guest chaplain in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, May 2, the National Day of Prayer.

Rev. Falwell, who also serves as Executive Vice President of Spiritual Affairs at Liberty, delivered the opening prayer in the House before meeting privately with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressman Ben Cline.

Let us pray.

Our gracious Heavenly Father, thank you for this great nation we call home. We thank you for blessing us so greatly through these 243 years of American history. The Bible says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” So today, Father, we ask for forgiveness of sins that we as a people, and we as a nation, have committed which have led us away from you.

I pray that you grant wisdom and guidance to all who serve in this room. We ask you to give clear direction as they set the course for our nation and we pray that you lead them as they lead us.

We ask you to protect those who serve this nation both here and around the globe.

And we ask you to continue to bless this great nation that we call home.

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Following the opening prayer, Congressman Cline delivered remarks on the House recognizing Falwell as guest chaplain.

Thank you, Madame Speaker. I rise today to recognize our guest chaplain, the Rev. Jonathan Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. Rev. Falwell has long been a leader in his community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States. His sermons are delivered to thousands each week at Thomas Road, on television, and through the Internet. Jonathan Falwell followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Jerry Falwell, as senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church. Jerry Falwell was founder of Liberty University, one of the largest Christian universities in the United States. In addition to his role as senior pastor at Thomas Road, Rev. Jonathan Falwell also serves as Executive Vice President of Spiritual Affairs at Liberty. On this National Day of Prayer, I extend my thanks to Jonathan Falwell for his devotion to Christ, his family, and his community. Mr./Madame Speaker, I yield back.

Congressman Ben Cline became the 35th Congressman to represent the Sixth District of Virginia in 2019. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2018. Cline and his wife, Elizabeth, have two daughters.