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Pastor Mal Utleye is one of them.Utleye, the transitional pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Newport, also works as chaplain for Allied Automotive Group, a car transporter company based in Decatur, Ga.
, who retired in November after 16 years as pastor at Hockessin Baptist Church
, counsels Allied's workers in Delaware and Pennsylvania.He
says it's not much different than ministering to people in church.
"You try to be a friend and let them know you're available," he
First Baptist Church of Elkton
A new summer Bible study titled, "Great Prayers and Great Awakenings", will be conducted by Pastor Mal Utleye.
Mal Utleye, pastor of Hockessin Baptist Church, is happy with the court's decision."I very strongly believe in the separation of church and state, but I don't believe that our founding fathers believed that God should be separated from the affairs of citizens in the country," Utleye said.
"There's a big difference between making sure the state does not establish a church and the citizens of our country being able to express their belief in God in a public forum," he
"The anti-establishment clause was intended to prohibit government from establishing a state religion, because there has been no stable government with one: either the government or the religion suffers," said Rev. Mal Utleye, pastor of Hockessin Baptist Church.
"I believe very strongly in religious liberty: the state shouldn't establish a church, or favor one over the other," he
Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware - BaptistLIFE - News Story
Mal Utleye, pastor of the church, seized the opportunity to connect with local candidates and educate his congregation.Utleye
invited candidates who were participating in the parade to come to the church early to share their views with the community.
A lot of them, especially the local county and state candidates are good people," Utleye
One candidate surprised everyone by sharing his
personal testimony about his
relationship with Christ.
"It has been a good way to get our people to know the candidates, but it's also a good way for the candidates to get to know us," Utleye
Building those relationships are important.Utleye
said government officials are much more likely to listen to you when they know who you are.In fact, after the rally, one official, after meeting Utleye
, invited him to participate and pray in the state memorial service for Ronald Reagan.
is continually working to educate his
congregation about his
state and the political process.In the spring, the church had a seminar about how Christians can impact the media and politics.Utleye
said the church will soon host voter registration.