I am a Christian first, a Conservative second, and a Republican third.–Senator Dan Patrick
Dan grew up in a Christian home, and like many children attended Sunday School classes and church. He attended church on and off throughout his life but had not committed his life or actions to Christ and kingdom building until in his mid-forties. Since that day he has dedicated his business, his finances, and beginning in 2006 with his election to the Texas Senate, his political work to serve Christ.
Since that day he has written a best seller entitled. The Second Most Important Book You Will Ever Read…a personal challenge to read the Bible. He produced a best selling Christian CD, has painted a water color of the face of Christ on the Statue of Liberty entitled “His Nation,” and produced an awarding winning Christian film based on a true Texas story of tragedy and the power of forgiveness called The Heart of Texas.
The film project led to a full time ministry in Texas prisons and in 2011 the film led to the first ever fully accredited seminary being built in a Texas prison. It is only the second such seminary in the nation. “If we can change the character and hearts of prisoners through the word of Christ we can make our prisons and our communities safer upon their release,” said Senator Patrick. A similar program at Angola prison in Louisiana transformed the most violent prison in America to one of the least violent in the nation. Dan is most proud that this seminary was funded with all private funds and that he teamed up with Democrat Senator John Whitmire to make this project a reality. “Senator Whitmire has overseen our prisons for over a decade. His willingness to embrace this project and lead on it with me shows that two parties can work together when God’s work is to be done,” stated Dan. “As John likes to say, and so did President Reagan, it’s amazing what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit,” added Dan.
Dan is a member of Second Baptist Church where Dr. Ed Young has been a major factor in his life. His wife Jan is a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church. “We’ve had a mixed marriage of sorts for 36 years, and it works great. She joins me and I join her for worship. We also both love to attend Cowboy Church whenever we are on the road and can find one. We especially enjoy Montgomery Cowboy Church and Pastor Randy Weaver.
Dan also worked for Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church running his television station some years ago. “Whether they are pastors or strangers who are fellow believers, everywhere I go God puts great men and women in my path to provide me the words and council I need at just the right time,” said Dan.
Dan has told many of how in the middle of a heated debate on the Senate floor he will literally pray for God to give him the right words in response to the question or comments that are being thrown his way. “It can pretty nasty at times on the floor. I let them talk for a bit and, while I’m listening, I ask God for the words that will help me win the debate and do so in a Christian manner,” said Dan.
His first legislative victory as a brand new freshman was to pass an act placing “In God We Trust” in the Senate chamber for the first time in history and later that session passed the Senate bill placing “Under God” in the Texas pledge.
“In this crucial hour for our nation we desperately need men of strong faith and conviction in positions of elected leadership at all levels. I have had the privilege to work with some of the top conservative and Christian leaders in the country and I place Dan Patrick among the top tier of those leaders. His voice for the Christian faith, protection of life, family and property and for responsible government has made an impact for many years. It is time now to take his passion and conviction to the Texas State Senate where he will have an even greater impact in defense of those values.” – Dave Welch, Executive Director of Houston Area Pastors Council
Dan Patrick is also not afraid to share his faith with his listeners on his radio program. KSEV has been described by many as the most Christian secular station in the country. Although KSEV does not have a Christian format, Dan uses biblical principles whenever possible to draw attention to the meaning of a news event or to put a news event in perspective.
Dan believes that God has given him a great platform to share biblical principles to many who may never step inside a church. Dan once said, “People are interested in religion. I try to present God’s Word in a non-preaching manner to my audience. If you look at the size of my audience I have the biggest church in Houston when we are talking about the Bible.” For the last decade, Dan has stated on his bio that his main goal in life is to expand God’s kingdom on earth.
Dan and his family support a number of Christian ministries, several area churches, international missions, two homes for the mentally disabled, The Heart of Texas prison ministry, Redeemed Ministry fighting human sex trafficking, and has served on the board of Be An Angel, a non-profit helping mentally and physically disabled children for 23 years. He has raised over $10 million for Be An Angel.
“I have been blessed to be given the resources, time, and platform, to help so many great organizations that are helping others,” said Dan “I’m just a small player in all of this trying to listen for God’s word on who, where, and how I can help the many groups of wonderful people who give of their time and treasure around the state for so many worthwhile causes,” added Dan.
In addition to giving his testimony in many churches, the assignments he has enjoyed most is giving the sermon twice to over 8000 at Second Baptist Church at the request of Dr. Young and also at the Foundry Church in Jersey Village and Cowboy Church in Montgomery. Although he enjoys it he says it makes nervous each time he takes to the pulpit.
Dan had the great honor of speaking with Sarah Palin and Pastor Greg Mott at First Baptist of Houston on pro-life and pro-family issues to the congregation.
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Senator Dan Patrick