Hayward pastor delivers House’s opening prayer

A Hayward pastor delivered the House of Representatives’ opening prayer today at the U.S. Capitol.

Bishop Jerry Macklin – leader since 1978 of Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, which has more than 1,500 members – served as guest chaplain at the invitation of Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Pleasanton.

“Bishop Macklin is a true community leader, and his good work goes well beyond the pulpit,” Swalwell said in a brief floor speech after Macklin’s prayer. “He is a pillar of support to his members and under his leadership the church provides food, affordable housing, health care, and other resources to community members in need.”

“Given the overwhelming crises confronting our nation’s leaders and our world, there could be no more appropriate time to pray and seek God’s sovereign wisdom than now,” Macklin, 61, said in Swalwell’s news release.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • DanvilleDemocrat

    Bravo, Congressman Swalwell, on inviting such an inspiring community leader to offer much needed wisdom to chamber lead by such a spineless bunch.