Today, December 20, I submitted my petition of declaration to run for the office of state representative for our Ohio District 80 (Miami and Southern Darke County). I asked the elders of our church for their blessing and they gladly gave it. Now I want to tell you why I am doing this and ask you to pray for me.
First, why would a pastor run for office? Let me be very clear, my highest aim in doing this is for the glory of God and for the spread of His goodness and truth. Specifically, my heart was deeply stirred over the passing of Issue 1 enshrining abortion rights in the Ohio Constitution. The righteousness of God demands that Christians find ways to do more to protect the lives of unborn children and work to end abortion. The passing of Issue 1 does not mean those who hold to prolife values have now given up. It means we must work harder and pray more. Putting my name on the ballot is one way I have found to urge our district and all Ohioans that we must do that.
Second, why would I run in the same race in which Jena Powell is running? Jena currently holds this office and is running to complete her fourth and final term. Do I oppose her, and am I campaigning against her? No. I affirm the work Jena has done in office and the strong conservative positions she has taken. Rather I am seeking a platform where I can add my voice speaking up for the protection of the unborn. My reason for running is this: the passing of Issue 1 does not mean the prolife movement has ended and there is nothing we can do about abortion. Rather it means we must find more, better, and wiser ways to protect babies and the rights of parents. It is clear that more voices are needed in this effort. So I’m adding my voice and speaking up.
Is the pro-life issue the only one that matters? No. We are facing many issues that threaten the rights of parents and the wellbeing of our children and families. I want the voice of common-sense goodness and family values to be heard and more of it put into action especially in our schools. Regardless of a person’s religious beliefs or to which denomination they belong, at the end of the day each person’s own conscience tells them that children are to be protected and parents have every right to pass their values on to their children without interference by their school or anyone else. Progressive ideologies are harming our children and I am stepping up to say it must stop.
Putting my name on the ballot means I will be in the Republican primary which runs through the primary election on March 19, 2024. During that time, I will look for opportunities to speak at events in Miami and Darke County. And if elected I will count it an honor to represent my community in the legislature.
Does this mean that I will stop being the pastor of our church? No. The office of state representative is a part-time role, and I will continue serving as pastor at Koinos Church. Other pastors have done this such as my friend, Gary Click, who is the state representative in District 88 as well as the pastor of Fremont Baptist Temple in Fremont, OH. My family could not imagine belonging to a more loving, encouraging church family. We love Koinos Church and I am thankful for the support and affirmation we have received from church members about running for office.
I and our elders want to reassure you that our church’s commitment to the teaching of God’s word and making disciples will not change. Our church is not to become a political campaign organization. Rather, we believe that the proclamation of the gospel has the power to do what no politician or government policy can do. The gospel transforms human hearts so that they desire to honor God and obey His commands. Bible-believing churches have the answers to the problems we now face. The Koinos elders are absolutely committed to keeping the Lord’s Day devoted to worship and the encouragement of God’s people. This is what informs how we live and influence our culture in every way for righteousness. So let’s continue doing that for the glory of God.
I want you to have the opportunity to ask any question you may have. Following Christmas there will be invitations for you to join me for coffee and dessert and hear more. So please join me!
See you on Sunday for Christmas Eve service!