Capitol Ministries was founded in 1996 by Ralph and Danielle Drollinger with a mission of creating 50 biblically based ministries of evangelism and discipleship in the 50 state capitols of the United States of America. They discovered that only 3 of the 50 state capitols already possessed similar ministries: Kentucky, Louisiana and Florida. A huge opportunity awaited them!
As with many good ideas, that bold and ambitious goal began with a nagging frustration.
Danielle Drollinger had become extremely frustrated as the executive director of a California state political action committee (PAC) that helped Christians become elected to state office. The PAC she headed was greatly successful, but shortly after many of the newly-elected Public Servants landed in Sacramento, it became clear that they lacked the spiritual maturity to stand up for the principles they claimed to possess.
Danielle expressed her frustration frequently to Ralph, who was experienced in the American sports ministry movement that planted ministries to athletes in high schools, colleges, and professional sports teams. One day during their discussions, it dawned on them that they could begin a new organization to place ministries not on high school and college campuses, but on government campuses to evangelize, disciple, and minister to Public Servants! So, off to Sacramento – and Capitol Ministries was created in the California Capitol!
The model proved wildly successful and Capitol Ministries began expanding and replicating Bible ministries of evangelism and discipleship in other states.
Over the years, Capitol Ministries has planted Bible study ministries in more than 40 U.S. state capitols, many of which are now independent, in Washington D.C. for Senators and Congressmen, and nearly a dozen ministries in the capitols of foreign nations. While those efforts continue, Capitol Ministries is in the process of creating a ministry to reach local Public Servants in city halls and county government offices in the 33,000 incorporated cities and counties in the United States.
We welcome your partnership as we continue on our mission to take the Gospel to Public Servants in the political arena from the neighborhoods of America to foreign capitols around the world!
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