My Remarks at the 2013 Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast

This morning, nearly 250 West Virginians gathered at the West Virginia Capitol to kick of the 2013 National Day of Prayer.  Though an, “unavoidable conflict” kept Governor Tomblin from joining us, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Coach Don Nehlen, and Jeff Jenkins were on hand to lead the celebration.  At the end of the event, I had the opportunity to share some parting thoughts.  Below are my remarks, along with some pictures from the day’s event.

My thanks to those in attendance, as well as to our sponsors for making this event possible.

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President and General Counsel, Jeremiah Dys, provides closing remarks.

President and General Counsel, Jeremiah Dys, provides closing remarks.

Five and a half years ago, my wife and I moved from Morgantown to Charleston.  Our oldest son was 2 and our second son was making my wife very uncomfortable in her latter stages of pregnancy.  We knew no one in Charleston.  I had just started a job with a group known as the West Virginia Values Coalition, what would later become the Family Policy Council of West Virginia.

At our first board meeting, we realized that there were hundreds of issues that we needed or wanted to address, but insufficient funds to pay me through the end of the year.

Our board looked at a lot of models for how to conduct business.  We consulted with fundraising consultants who told us their best ideas for how to raise money.  There were plenty of charts and graphs by which we – the leaders – were trying to chart a functional course by which we could operate a viable and influential business.

We must have spent hours thinking through various approaches we could take to make this organization move forward. Nothing seemed to come together easily. We were simultaneously frustrated and motivated.  But, we felt stymied.  Almost at the same time, I recall the members of the board looking at one another, looking at me, and realizing that we needed to start again, this time beginning our meeting in prayer.

Our Founding Fathers came to a very similar conclusion, albeit on a much more grand scale.  At the constitutional convention of 1787, after weeks of wrangling over how to phrase the founding documents of our country and how to chart it’s future course, it was Ben Franklin who took to the floor of a convention hall that was filled with equal parts frustration and motivation, but entirely at a stalemate.

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Have Breakfast with Legendary WVU Coach Don Nehlen!

nehlen AnnouncementIf you are a West Virginia football fan you don’t want to miss the opportunity to have breakfast with the Mountaineers legendary coach Don Nehlen and hear him share his testimony. Coach Nehlen will be our keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast being held at the Capitol Building on Thursday, May 2nd from 7-9 am.

May 2nd marks the 61st national day of prayer and we are delighted that Gov. Tomblin will issue this year’s state proclamation at our event. This is a day to take some time and pray for our national leaders, and our state leaders. As a nation founded upon biblical beliefs, including prayer, it is fitting that we spend some time praying for those we have elected to serve us in public office. FPCWV president and general counsel Jeremy Dys said:

“Our nation has always valued praying for their leaders. Praying for our leaders reminds all of us that government is limited and receives its authority, not simply by the consent of the governed, but by the rights given to us by our Creator.”

The 2nd Annual Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast will be held in the main hall of the West Virginia State Capitol.  Doors open 7:00 a.m., and the main program begins at 7:45 a.m.  Tickets for the breakfast will go on sale March 1, 2013 at www.FamilyPolicyWV.com.  Sponsorships and group packages are available.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear Coach Don Nehlen share his testimony as we spend time praying for our leaders. Get your tickets today.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

And the Speaker for the 2013 Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast Is . . .

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Gov. Tomblin Signs Historic Bill at First Ever Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast

by Nathan A. Cherry, 05/04/2012

Gov Tomblin signing bill

Gov. Tomblin signs the Premarital Education Act.

The National Day of Prayer got started with plenty of food and coffee at the Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The Family Policy Counsel of West Virginia (FPCWV) hosted its first ever Gubernatorial Prayer Breakfast with a packed house and balcony for the purpose of spending time intentionally praying for our local and federal leaders.

FPCWV president Jeremy Dys welcomed the crowd and introduced our special guest, the Appalachian Children’s Choir. We were blessed by the singing of “God Bless America.” After their beautiful rendition of this timeless classic song of faith we welcomed our guest of honor, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

Gov. Tomblin read the proclamation for this year’s National Day of Prayer invoking the blessings of God and calling for us to seek guidance from God in directing our state and our nation. We are thankful for the Governor’s time and for his emphasis on faith and prayer as we gather for this specific purpose.

Gov. Tomblin also came to sign the Premarital Education Act, a bill the FPCWV helped author and pass through the legislature during this year’s session. Members of the WV Legislature, Jeremy Dys and others looked on as the Governor signed the historic bill designed to lower the divorce rate in West Virginia, while saving the state more than $5 million dollars a year.

After signing the bill Tomblin closed by saying “God bless America, and God bless the state of West Virginia.” Thank-you Gov. Tomblin, we appreciate your faith, your passion for West Virginia, and your help in getting this bill passed.

We then welcomed WVU play by play man Tony Caridi as our key note speaker for the morning’s events. Anyone that has followed WVU sports for any amount of time can easily identify the voice of Tony Caridi considering the many years he has spent calling plays for Mountaineers sports.

But Mr. Caridi did not come to talk about sports, the Mountaineers, or his career as an announcer. He came today to talk about something much bigger in his life, his faith in Jesus Christ. [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

FPCWV Files Brief Supporting National Day of Prayer

FPCWV Helps Defend the National Day of Prayer (Image courtesy www.nationaldayofprayer.org)

Joins with alliance of top state and national policy leaders demanding reversal of revisionist opinion.

CHARLESTON, W.Va., – Today, the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) signed onto an amicus brief by the Liberty Institute in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in supprt of the National Day of Prayer in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Obama.  Those represented in the brief alongside the FPCWV include Dr. James Dobson, the Family Research Council (FRC), Focus on the Family Action (Citizenlink), the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU), Let Freedom Ring, and Liberty Counsel, along with 27 other family policy councils located in states nationwide.

“Our nation’s tradition of praying for Divine guidance and blessing has always been lawful,” said Jeremy Dys, president and general counsel of the FPCWV.  “The First Amendment allows all citizens – Presidents, Senators, Governors, Delegates, and other lawmakers included – to acknowledge our nation’s religious heritage.  It’s amazing that, in a country founded on religious liberty, the centuries-old practice of seeking divine guidance for our leaders and our country is now coming under attack.”

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About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.

Dispelling the National Day of Prayer Rumor

Anyone on Facebook knows by now of the rumor that President Obama has cancelled the National Day of Prayer.  That is untrue.  Nonetheless, it is very true that a Federal court has invalidated this long-standing tradition in an unusual way.  We trust and pray that President Obama will continue to uphold this important practice for Americans.

However, for Christians in West Virginia and across the country, our duty to pray (I Timothy 2:1-4)  for President Obama, VP Biden, Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid, Gov. Manchin, Sen. Tomblin, Speaker Thompson, and everyone else who has been divinely appointed (Romans 13:1-7) as our leader, remains unaffected by what courts or presidents may or may not do.

As you listen to the excellent instruction of Alan Sears and heed his call to act, may you do so even as you pray – by name – for the leader God places on your mind.

About Jeremy Dys

Jeremy Dys is the FPCWV's President and General Counsel. In addition to his duties of providing strategic vision and leadership to the FPCWV, Dys is the chief lobbyist and spokesman. Dys is regularly featured in local, state, and national print, radio, and television outlets. He lives close to Charleston with his wife and growing family.