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Do you know of members running for statewide and federal offices? (Updated)

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, poses outside the Capitol during a 2007 interview with The Christian Chronicle. (Photo by Bobby Ross Jr.)

(WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Guthrie easily won re-election, as did Poe.)
It’s Election Day!
The Christian Chronicle is interested in knowing about Church of Christ members running for statewide and federal offices.
We know that Rep. Brett Guthrie, a member of the Lehman Avenue Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Ky., is up for re-election in Kentucky’s 2nd District. See video below of Guthrie. The Chronicle reported on the Republican’s 2008 victory in a highly contested race:

Lehman Avenue minister Michael Greene said he has no doubt Guthrie’s faith will play a positive role in how he represents his constituents.
“He and his whole family take their faith very seriously,” Greene told The Christian Chronicle.

In Texas’ 2nd District, Rep. Ted Poe, a member of the Bammel Church of Christ in Houston, seeks his fourth two-year term. I interviewed Poe at the Capitol in 2007 and wrote a profile of the Republican for the Chronicle:

“He is a conservative guy in his religion and in his politics,” said Jim Brooks, a friend and longtime member at the Bammel church. “He is a student of the Bible, and he loves the Old Testament.”
Before winning election to Congress in 2004, Poe taught an adult Bible class surveying the Old Testament, said Bill Poplin, a retired elder at Bammel.
“It started out being a 13-week study and ended up lasting about five years,” said Poplin, praising Poe’s preparation and thoroughness.

In 2009, Poe was honored as Abilene Christian University’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the head of Senate Republicans’ campaign efforts, is a member of the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin. Cornyn was re-elected to a six-year term in 2008.
Do you know of other Church of Christ members on the ballot for statewide and federal offices? If so, please leave a comment. Please review our comment policy and stick to the subject of this post.

  • Feedback
    I think Sheila Butt is running for office and is a member of the Anderson Bend Church of Christ in Middle Tennessee.
    Her website is http://sheilabuttforstaterep.netboots.net/
    Robbie Mackenzie
    November, 2 2010

    You forgot State Representative Ken Miller, who was just elected as the State Treasurer for the State of Oklahoma, a four year term of office.
    Stephen Maple
    November, 4 2010

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Burton says:
    “American members of the Churches of Christ”.
    I found him with the following Google search:
    site:wikipedia.org “Member of the U.S. House of Representatives” “American members of the Churches of Christ”
    Bradley Brock
    November, 4 2010

    Dan Burton appears to be a member of the Christian Church.
    Clark Coleman
    November, 4 2010

    My wife Angela Woodhall was elected as a state senator [ equivalent] in South Africa in April 2009. She is the only white woman in the Eastern Cape Legislature [ equivalent of a state senate ] and is the spokesperson for the official opposition on Education. She is a member of the Gonubie Church of Christ in South Africa where I, her husband, serve as preacher. She studied at ACU in 1974. Our spiritual home in the USA is the Bering Drive Church of Christ in Houston. Angela continues to teach regular Bible studies including prison Bible studies and to do WBS follow up. So Churches of Christ have members who have been elected as public representatives both within and outside the USA.
    Dr Chester Woodhall
    November, 5 2010

    Russell Holmes, a member of the Church of Christ in Roxbury (Massachusetts), was elected to a two year term as State Representative in the Massachusetts 6th Suffolk District on November 2, 2010. Russell serves the Roxbury congregation as a Bible class teacher for the “Timothy Class,” which focuses on training young men to serve in the body, and is active in a number of other ministries within the congregation as well. His website is http://voteRussellHolmes.com
    Gloria Gallington
    November, 5 2010

    Ted Poe was attending the Sun Valley Church of Christ in the 70″s and taught a class the young boys encourgaging them to be able to speak before an audiance.Our sons benefited from his efforts. Ted is very special servant!
    Don Burke
    November, 5 2010

    Ken Johnson from Moulton, AL was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives 7th District. Ken and his family are members of the Moulton Church of Christ. He was formerly an elder and preacher for the FairField Church of Christ located about five meals east of Moulton. This is Ken’s first foray into politics. We in the 7th District pray God’s blessings upon him as he begins his new work.
    Harold Letson
    November, 5 2010

    Brethren, Please carry your Bibles there as you have done the other times and any other time you or anothre brother would want to. Serve the people well. Remember there is a reward for every work done under heaven.
    Jacob Akerigba,
    (Preacher, Church of Christ, Taraku, Benue State, Nigeria, West Africa).
    Jacob Akerigba
    November, 6 2010

    I 2nd that from a comment above, by Sam Smith, son of Ray and Carolyn Smith. Ted Poe was attending the Sun Valley Church of Christ in the 70’s and taught a class for young men encourgaging them to be able to speak before an audiance. I, Sam Smith Personally benefited and am Very Grateful for Ted Poe’s efforts and taking the time to Encourage all of us and by making a Big difference in our lives :). Ted is a very special God Gifted servant and friend of our family still today!
    Sam Smith
    November, 13 2010

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