First Patriot Pastors’ Day of the 132nd General Assembly
We appreciate the pastors who traveled to Columbus and participated in the first Patriot Pastors’ Day of the 132nd General Assembly. We assembled in a beautiful conference room in the Huntington Building at 8:45 a.m. and received instructions for the day. From 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. we were privileged to hear from Representative Candice Keller (R-Middletown), Representative Tim Ginter (R-Salem) and Representative Nino Vitale (R-Urbana). Following the meeting, each pastor went to the Statehouse and the Vern Riffe Building for their various appointments with their legislators.
For the past eleven years Representative Candice Keller has been the Executive Director of the Community Pregnancy Center in Middletown, the largest non-profit pregnancy center in Ohio. She decided to run for office when she noticed that the candidates registering to contest for a term-limited seat were only tepidly pro-life, at best.
Representative Ginter has been an ordained pastor for thirty-six years. He is in his second-term and is the chair for the Family and Community Advancement Committee. He encouraged us to remain vigilant in our participation in the legislative process.
The sponsor of the Ohio Pastor Protection Act, Representative Vitale, was very passionate in addressing us and implored pastors to be active in their support for the PPA. He relayed that state officials and other legislators will be watching to see how much support there is in the state for this bill.