On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Church of God North Georgia State Offices executive staff, led by administrative bishop Michael Baker, hosted a luncheon at the Georgia State Capitol for representatives of the Georgia legislature connected to the Church of God.
By special invitation, Steven Darnell, administrative bishop of the Church of God in South Georgia, was present and greeted the legislatures. Attendees were state senators, state representatives, lobbyists, leadership from various departments including Natural Resources, Association for Career and Technical Education, State School Superintendent, Board of Governors of the Georgia World Congress Center, and various other staff members. In addition, Church of God pastors for each of the legislatures, members of the North Georgia State Council, Steve M. Dorman, President of Georgia College, Dennis Watkins, legal counsel for the Church of God, and other special guests were present as well.
The purpose of the luncheon was to affirm, recognize, and connect with these individuals for their distinguished public service. In addition, several leaders were honored by the Georgia Legislature and Governor’s Office for their personal ministry engagement during the recent disaster relief efforts in Adairsville, Ga.
“These public servants were affirmed for their engagement in many and varied governmental boards and committees, their focus upon preservation of American values and their commitment to a vision for the future,” Baker stated. “Currently, the Church of God in North Georgia is endeavoring to find ways and means of involvement in supporting chaplaincy, disaster relief actions, community public service and other opportunities of ministry.”
This was the second opportunity to convene the “Connection Luncheon” and as a result of the event, plans are in operation for future opportunities of connectivity, affirmation and dialogue.
“The luncheon proved to be extremely beneficial for future engagement of the Church of God and significant Georgia government leadership,” Baker concluded.