Alexander Welcomes Tennessee Pastor Steve Berger as Guest Chaplain to U.S. Senate

Posted on June 9, 2016

Says the tradition of opening the Senate with a prayer is “an essential part of the American character”

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 9, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today welcomed Tennessee pastor Steve Berger as Guest Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. Pastor Berger, invited by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to serve as Guest Chaplain, opened today’s Senate proceedings with a prayer, which by tradition is given every day the Senate is in session by the Senate Chaplain.

“Steve is indeed one of our most distinguished Tennesseans,” Alexander said. “The Senate chaplain, Barry Black, has reminded us that this tradition of opening the Senate with a prayer has been with us since the Senate began, and the Senate has had a chaplain since before the First Amendment to our Constitution was adopted. This tradition is an essential part of the American character and having Steve Berger here to help us celebrate that essential part of the American character is a special moment for me as well as for Senator Corker.”

Steve Berger is the founding pastor of Grace Chapel in Leipers Fork, Tennessee.

For video of Sen. Alexander’s floor remarks, click here.

Click here to view a video of Pastor Berger’s prayer on the Senate floor.

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