Nacogdoches Pastor leads prayer over Texas House of Representatives

AUSTIN, TX (News Release) -  Monday, Pastor Allen Reed from the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches was honored on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives by Representative Wayne Christian. Before the members meet for session, Dr. Reed lead the opening prayer over the 150 House Members and the Speaker of the House.

Dr. Reed was born on October 13, 1943 in Pittsburg, Texas. He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1962. Allen became a Christian at the age of nine and was baptized at First Baptist Church, Pittsburg. The Lord called Allen into the ministry when he was 17 years old and a Junior in High School. He was licensed by the First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, May 21, 1961 and was ordained by First Baptist Church, Pittsburg, July 5, 1965.

Dr. Reed received his B.A. from East Texas Baptist then furthered his education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received both his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. He became the pastor at First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches in 1981 and is still the Pastor today.  Allen's passion is the privilege of preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Reed and his wife, Linda Vanderburg Reed of Conroe, Texas, were married June 18, 1965. They have three children named David, Micah and Carrie and six grandchildren. David Reed is the Minister of Youth at First Baptist, Nacogdoches. Linda is the organist of the First Baptist Church of Nacogdoches.

Christianity has been a top priority in Rep. Christians life. His decisions are based upon his faith and strong moral values. Not only does Rep. Christian consistently attend Church every Sunday, but he also participates in weekly Bible studies with other members of the Texas House. Dr. Reed has played a fundamental role in Representative Christian's life both as a friend and a mentor. "I am fortunate Dr. Reed has taken the time to give his blessing before the house meets today. I look up to Dr. Reed, he is a strong man of faith and has strengthened my walk with God in countless ways," stated Rep. Christian.

Dr. Reed's remarks:

"Almighty God,

According to your Holy Word, the Bible, a nation of people whose God is the Lord, is a nation that is blessed (Psalm 22:12).  Furthermore, the Bible encourages us to pray for all who are in authority over us "that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity" (1 Timothy 2:1-3).  Therefore, it is with grateful hearts that we express our gratitude for our blessings and to pray for the leaders of our country and our state.

We humbly pray for President Barack Obama, for Vice-President Joe Biden, and for our Senators and Representatives who lead our country.  We pray for their protection.  We pray that You will give them wisdom and direction as they lead our country.

As one of fifty state in these United States of America, Texas is truly a state that has been and is blessed by You.  As we bow before You this day, we do so to express our gratitude for all of our blessings - physically and spiritually.

We thank You for all of our elected officials.  We pray for Governor Rick Perry, for Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and for all our State Representatives.  This chamber is filled with representatives from every area of our great state."

Dr. Reed went on to pray for wisdom, courage, conviction, morality, privilege, integrity and patience, righteousness, daring, obedience, humility and most of all " for lawmakers and that "may they follow the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ "who went about doing good" (Acts 10:38)."  He also prayed for our armed forces and for law enforcement officers across the state.