U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) welcomed Rev. Dr. John B. (Mike) Loudon of First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland to the U.S. House of Representatives to give the opening prayer today.
Rep. Ross's remarks:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
"I rise today in gratitude that my good friend, Pastor Mike Loudon from my home church in Lakeland, Florida could give the opening prayer in the United States House of Representatives.
"Pastor Mike, as he is known back home, and his wife Joyce, have lived a life of dedication to their faith and their family. Pastor Mike's ministry serves as an inspiration to everyone. Truly, he is a great man with a legacy of what counts in life and the life hereafter.
"Pastor Mike is a pillar in the Lakeland and Polk County communities. He is active in Rotary Club, and is a strong leader, a man of God, and has a fantastic sense of humor.
"Pastor Mike has served churches across the country prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland in 1999. His messages are uplifting, encouraging, and always resonate with me. I am honored to have him as my pastor and as my friend.
"I join countless others in expressing a deep thankfulness for his willing spirit to serve and the privilege of having him give the opening prayer today.
"With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back."