Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He's the House's Spiritual Sail; A Graduate Student at Emory, This 20-Something Is in Charge of Ministering to the Legislative Body

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

He's the House's Spiritual Sail; A Graduate Student at Emory, This 20-Something Is in Charge of Ministering to the Legislative Body

Article excerpt

Byline: TOM MARINE

House Chaplain Ben Flowers is a busy man with several responsibilities, including the moral and spiritual guidance of the body's 180 members.

Not bad for a graduate student in his late 20s.

Flowers, who is currently working toward his master of divinity degree at Emory University, attained the position after offering his services to House Speaker Glenn Richardson at the beginning of the legislative session. Until then, the House only entertained a "pastor of the day" for the morning devotion.

"One day, Ben Flowers came to the Capitol and said he noticed that [the House] did not have a chaplain and that he would like to help as part of his program as a seminary student," Richardson said during Flowers' introduction last month. "Instantly, I knew I was supposed to hire him."

Although he didn't even expect to land the job, Flowers said he has worked with lawmakers and their staff members on various issues by simply listening to their problems. He said he tries to avoid the harsh political aspects as do the legislators.

"My main responsibility is to not pay attention to the politics," said Flowers, who is originally from Charleston, S.C. "I'm here for everybody, no matter who they are or what they do. It's not really counseling; it's getting to know them on a personal level."

Flowers also meets each morning with the visiting pastors before escorting them into the House to speak.

The Rev. Patrick D. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.