At the invitation of Congressman Alabama 1st District U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, Tuesday morning Pastor Chris Bell from 3Circle Church in Fairhope delivered the opening prayer before the U.S. House of Representatives.
Members of Congress have the opportunity to invite local faith leaders to deliver the opening prayer each day the House is in session.
During his visit to D.C., Pastor Bell, along with his wife Nan, shared breakfast with Byrne, took a tour of the U.S. Capitol, and met House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Following the prayer, Byrne spoke about Pastor Bell and the important work his ministry does in Southwest Alabama.
Read Byrne’s full remarks below:
Mr. Speaker, it is written in Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
As this body debates important issues, it is critical we begin with prayer, and I am honored my constituent, Pastor Chris Bell, was able to lead today’s prayer.
Mr. Speaker, Pastor Bell studied theology and communications at the University of Mobile and Luther Rice Seminary, and he has over 20 years of ministry experience.
Pastor Bell is currently the lead pastor at 3Circle Church in Southwest Alabama. 3Circle Church has five campuses with weekly attendance reaching over 2,000 people.
In addition to their regular services, Pastor Bell and 3Circle Church have a focus on mission and serving others locally, regionally, and all around the world. These missions make a real difference.
So, on behalf of Alabama’s First Congressional District, it is an honor to welcome Chris and his wife, Nan, to the People’s House.