Non-denominational Christian church services were actually held in the old House of Representatives chamber, what is now called Statuary Hall, from 1807 to 1857. They were also held in the Capitol for a few years after the Civil War until 1869.
Now, after a hiatus of 145 years, weekly prayer services have returned to the Capitol, held exclusively for members of Congress and their staff.
The services were launched under the direction of Dr. Jim Garlow, lead pastor of Skyline Church in San Diego and Rev. Dan Cummins, an associate pastor of that congregation. They are hosted by several members of Congress including Representatives Trent Franks, R-Ariz., Doug Lamalfa, R-Calif., Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Louie Gohmert, R-Texas.
Garlow is the oversight pastor and Cummins is the convening pastor of The Jefferson Gathering held for members of Congress and staffers every Wednesday evening in a modestly appointed but comfortable room in the Capitol’s lower level.
Cummins made the official announcement of the services to WND, waiting until they had been underway for seven weeks.
The pastor explained the services are held mid-week because, unlike in the days of Jefferson, most lawmakers travel back to their home districts on the weekends.
See the interview below with Pastor David Hoffman and Pastor Jim Garlow. If you would like to help raise funds to help what Pastor Jim Garlow is doing in our nations capital, you can help with any donation from the link below.