SANTA FE (BNM) - Seventy-one people, including 14 New Mexico state legislators, gathered at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s inaugural Capitol Prayer Dinner, Wednesday, Jan. 22.

State Senators William Sharer, Gregg Fulfer, Craig Brandt, Pat Woods, Gay Kernan, and State Representatives Jim Townsend, Phelps Anderson, James Strickler, Rod Montoya, Gregg Schmedes, Cathrynn Brown, Randall Crowder, Tim Lewis, and Rebecca Dow attended the dinner.

The BCNM’s Christian Life Committee organized the dinner. The CLC designed the event to “focus specifically upon prayer for civic leaders and the state,” according to promotional material.

The evening began with a meal served by First Baptist and introductory remarks by BCNM Executive Director Joseph Bunce and First Baptist’s pastor, Reed Redus. Christian Life Committee member Walter Bradley then formally recognized guests. Bradley served as New Mexico Lieutenant Governor under Gary Johnson from 1995-2003.

Kevin Parker, editor of the Baptist New Mexican and team leader for the BCNM’s Information Services Team, led attendees through a time of guided prayer for each state representative and senator. Following the guided prayer, Parker, his wife, Susan, CLC member John Pugh, and Jay McCollum, First Baptist Church, Gallup, led those in attendance through an interactive reading of Psalm 107. Bunce concluded the evening with an interactive reading of the Lord’s Prayer. 

The Capitol Prayer Dinner is a ministry of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico through generous gifts of its member churches to the Cooperative Program.

Daniel Porter is a staff writer with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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