With a burden placed on his heart to be more involved in teaching the Word of God, Brian Solomon will be leaving a mostly administrative post at an Ohio church to create a Capitol Ministries’ discipleship Bible study to members of the Colorado legislature.
If all goes well, in 2020 Pastor Solomon, his wife Naomi, and their daughters Ali Grace, 13; Claire Hope, 11; Mia Faith, 10; and Lydia Joy, 8, will be moving from Springfield, Ohio where he has been pastor of family ministries at Southgate Baptist Church for 13 years, and moving to Denver to begin the ministry.
After wrestling with a burden that God had put on his heart to do more teaching and preaching, Pastor Solomon was offered an opportunity to do just that by an old friend, Brian Hanson, Capitol Ministries International Director who also leads a Bible study to Ohio legislators.
Pastor Hanson invited Pastor Solomon and his wife to the spring 2019 Capitol Ministries Leadership and Training Conference in Seattle, Washington to learn more about the ministry. The couple immediately connected with CapMin’s mission to teach the Word of God to political leaders.
“Naomi and I came home from the conference and we began to pray,” Pastor Solomon said. “It’s scary for us because we will have to raise financial support for the first time in our married life, and exciting at the same time because this is a fantastic opportunity to provide dedicated Bible teaching, pastoral care, and shepherding to legislators who desperately need this, but don’t often get it.”
Capitol Ministries (CapMin) leaders are self-supporting missionaries and so the couple has been working to raise financial support from churches and individual donors so they may move to Colorado after Naomi’s contract as a public school teacher expires in May 2020. Pastor Solomon holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible theology from Baptist Bible College and is working on a master’s degree.
In the meantime, Pastor Solomon has been working with Pastor Hanson in the Ohio legislative ministry and serving as Bible study leader when Pastor Hanson is away on CapMin ministry trips.
Pastor Hanson said he found a wonderful ministry partner in Pastor Solomon.
“Brian is an excellent communicator, he handles the Word of God with precision, and he is respected among legislators and their staff,” Pastor Hanson said. “He is doing a great job, and I can’t wait for him to start doing in Colorado what he is doing here in Ohio with the opportunities that have been given to him.”
In Ohio, the pastors are teaching a Bible study series, Portraits and Pitfalls of Leaders from the book of 2 Timothy in which Paul gives examples of leaders who have done well and of others who have stumbled.
The experience of teaching in Ohio has helped Pastor Solomon solidify his mission for his own ministry.
“I just want to start well, work well, finish well, and I want God’s hand in all of this,” he said. “My prayer is that the Lord would use our efforts in the Colorado state capitol to see lost people come to Christ; to embolden Christian political leaders to more faithfully follow Him in their work; and to have a gospel impact on the trajectory of our state and country.
“When people talk about politics now, it evokes feelings of frustration, anger, and helplessness. The average follower of Jesus feels helpless as they see the erosion of that Judeo-Christian ethic in the political arena.
“Political ideologies and political opinions are on the forefront of what everyone is talking about and thinking about right now, but are they really talking and thinking about those issues from a biblical viewpoint? I don’t believe that is the case.
“The Bible has a lot to say about immigration and taxes, and personal property rights and all of those things we are wrestling with as a society today.
“God’s Word has the answers for the problems of life and somebody needs to point people to where those answers lie. And so, I think that reaching political leaders for the cause of Jesus Christ is the most important mission field of our day.”
If you wish to contact Pastor Solomon or support his ministry to the Colorado state legislature, visit his page at capmin.org/colorado.