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.