Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) welcomed Reverend Phil Waldrep of Phil Waldrep Ministries based in Decatur as guest chaplain to the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Mr. Speaker, it’s a great privilege to welcome Reverend Phil Waldrep to the House of Representatives to serve as today’s guest chaplain,” Brooks said. “Reverend Waldrep was born in Morgan County, Alabama near Decatur and began preaching when he was 14 years old. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama and completed Seminary at Luther Rice Theological Seminary in Georgia.”
“Through his ministries, Reverend Waldrep connects with audiences of all ages and sizes with his sense of humor, powerful illustrations, and scriptural insight,” Brooks continued. “He is a frequent speaker at some of America’s largest churches and conferences and has been a vocational evangelist since 1975. Reverend Waldrep is also an author, having published Beyond Betrayal, Reaching Your Prodigal: What Did I Do Wrong? What Do I Do Now?, and The Grandparent Factor: Five Ways to make a Difference in the Life of your Grandchild. Phil and his wife, Debbie, live in Decatur Alabama and have two daughters who, with their husbands, actively serve in the ministry.”
Reverend Waldrep offered the opening prayer for Thursday’s legislative session and Congressman Brooks welcomed Reverend Waldrep in House Floor remarks immediately following the prayer.
“Our Eternal God, Today we pause to thank you for your blessings; and to ask that you remind us that with these blessings come responsibilities,” Waldrep prayed to God. “So, we ask that you will quieten our hearts that we might find time to listen to the dreams of a child or the memories of an older adult.”
“Help us to find time to thank a teacher, or a veteran, or someone who puts their life at risk every day that we might be free,” Waldrep asked God. “Help us to find time to assist the families of military personnel and time to pray for the safety of their loved one. Help us to find time to see the needs, and the gifts, and the worth of others.”
“O Lord, help us to find time to be your hands and your feet in a world that desperately needs love,” Waldrep concluded. “In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Congressman Mo Brooks is serving in his fifth term representing Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.