Ky. pastors hear ‘message of hope and progress’ from Bevin

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) -- Several dozen Kentucky pastors met at the Governor’s Mansion with Gov. Matt Bevin on Monday in an event organized by Rick Curry Ministries of Pensacola, Florida.

While reporters were not permitted inside for the event, the R.S.V.P. form for the event, a copy of which was obtained by Kentucky Today, read, “Governor Bevin seeks to inspire the Pastors of Kentucky to awaken and motivate a sleeping church. The time with Governor Bevin will be a very spiritual time.”

The registration form also contained the caution: “Do not record any aspect of the gathering. There should be an opportunity to take a picture with the Governor for your social media.”

While many of those in attendance declined to speak with reporters after the event, one who did was Dr. Richard Sams, pastor of the Calhoun Baptist Church in McLean County, a member of the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

He said both Gov. Bevin and his running mate, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, spoke with the pastors. “They shared about their faith, their background a little bit, let us know a little bit more about who they are as individuals.”

Thomas Hall, pastor of the Church of the Living God in Winchester, said the governor delivered a positive message.

“I thought it was a great message of hope and progress,” he said. “It was not tearing down anything, but it was building up what was good and what was going on well. I thought he did a phenomenal job, and it was uplifting to be a part of, so we were grateful for that.”

Hall said a pro-life message was part of the remarks. “We were just talking that if somebody went into the womb of a dog and took those puppies, it would be a crime and that person would go to jail. How could we stand for that and not stand for the unborn?”

The Mansion meeting lasted about an hour, which most described as a religious rather than a political event.

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