Three mature Christian pastors who are committed to evangelism and discipleship have joined Capitol Ministries’ growing group of ministry leaders and will be teaching the Bible to government public servants every week in their states and in one African nation.
The men recently completed Capitol Ministries required training that was held in August in Ohio and led by Brian Hanson, director of international ministries and Brian Solomon who co-leads the Ohio legislative Bible study with Pastor Hanson every week.
Ralph Drollinger, who was unable to lead the training due to travel, joined the gathering in an online teleconference to teach the purpose of CapMin’s mission and its biblical mandate. Recently completing CapMin training are:
Pastor Joseph Green, who has begun a legislative study in Pennsylvania. Pastor Green is also the senior pastor of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg, the capital of Pennsylvania.
Pastor Michael Johnson, who will be leading a study to legislators and constitutional officers in Montana. He is also the lead teaching pastor at Big Sky Fellowship Church in Helena.
Pastor Peter Chibinjana, who is from Africa and is completing work for a doctorate degree in ministry from Virginia Union University in the United States. He most recently served as president of the United Baptist Church of Zimbabwe denomination. He will be returning to his home country of Zimbabwe in September where he will launch a ministry to national leaders.
Capitol Ministries places a high priority on recruiting strong Bible teachers who have hearts for evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral care. These three pastors join a growing number of already-established ministry leaders who share those same qualities and who are already leading weekly Bible studies to public servants.
“These men are theologically deep and biblically strong and are committed to evangelizing as well as teaching the whole Word of God to public servants,” Pastor Hanson said.
As is true for many who go through the CapMin training, these men were enlightened when they realized the priority God’s Word places on reaching political leaders with the gospel.
“It was a lightbulb moment for them just as it was for me when Ralph explained 1 Timothy 2:1-4 in this context and that “first of all” meant first in priority,” Pastor Hanson said.
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
Usually CapMin’s training sessions are very well attended but being small and intimate, this training provided an environment where men were able to get to know each other and ask questions that were very specific to their ministries.
That extra time also provided Pastor Chibinjana a close up look at one of America’s farms. On the ride from the airport on the way to the training, Pastor Chibinjana continually marveled at the many farms they passed and noted that they probably had some very big machines.
Pastor Hanson asked if he had ever seen a big tractor and Pastor Chibinjana said he had. Thinking that he probably meant the smaller Ford tractors that are commonly found in Africa, Pastor Hanson telephoned a friend who owned a nearby farm and asked if the men could stop by.
When he gazed upon the giant John Deere, Pastor Chibinjana was astonished. He’s a tall man, but standing next to it, Pastor Chibinjana didn’t come up to the top of its tire.
Now fully trained, the men are preparing to begin their ministries. Pastor Green has already started in Pennsylvania, Pastor Johnson is preparing to begin in Montana and when COVID-19 restrictions ease, and Pastor Chibinjana will begin when he returns home to Zimbabwe after his studies are complete.
If you wish to support their ministries, click to learn more: Pastor Green, Pastor Johnson, Pastor Chibinjana. You may also support the existing ministries of Pastor Hanson and Pastor Solomon in Ohio.