Washington, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) welcomed Pastor Anthony L. Bennett, D. Min, of the Mount Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Washington today. Serving as the Guest Chaplain, the pastor provided this morning’s invocation for the United States House of Representatives.

Click here to view a video of the prayer and Congressman Himes’ introduction of the pastor. Audio files and photographs will be available soon by request.

“I’m honored to have a local leader of Pastor Bennett’s stature represent Connecticut on the national stage,” said Congressman Himes. “His prayer reminded us of the fundamental values that all of us, regardless of party, must serve.”

Pastor Bennett is the Senior Pastor of the Mount Aery Baptist Church. In addition to his work with the church, he is an Adjunct Professor at Hartford Seminary and Guest Lecturer at Fairfield University and Yale Divinity School. Pastor Bennett is also active in the greater Bridgeport community and has led the church to create an extensive network of personalized ministries to meet the growing needs of the congregation and community of Bridgeport. In addition to his work with various religious organizations throughout Southwest Connecticut, Pastor Bennett has served on the boards of local organizations such as the Music & Arts Center for Humanity, the United Way of Eastern Fairfield County, and the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition.

“I hope the words I shared today will help lead the Members of Congress to make wise and thoughtful decisions,” said Pastor Bennett. “The initiatives they consider will have a significant impact on families, communities, and even countries.”

Pastor Bennett is a graduate of Morehouse College. He earned his Master of Divinity at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, New York and completed doctorate studies at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He lives in Bridgeport with his wife Donna and their children Brittany and Ahmad.