Students attend leadership conference in Washington, DC
February 02, 2009

E-mail this to a friend   Post this page to Facebook  

Sophomore Bethany Diamond interviews Congressman Zach WampThe National Association of Evangelicals held its 53rd annual Christian Student Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, January 12-16.  College students from all over the U.S. gathered in the Nation’s capital, met national leaders, and experienced the federal government in action.  Here are trip highlights for the Bryan students who attended the conference as part of Dr. William Ketchersid’s Federal Seminar course:

  • Toured Central Union Mission, met some of the clients, and listened to speeches about poverty from CUM staff
  • Heard a speech from Retired Senator Dan Coats in the Cannon House Office Building on how evangelicals can affect national policy
  • Met and asked questions of President Obama’s Director of Religious Affairs
  • Heard presentations on the threat of nuclear terrorism
  • Visited the Hart Senate Office Building where they heard Senator Sam Brownback speak about the need for keeping religious views in politics. Also heard from Senate Chaplain Rev. Barry Black who stressed the importance of diligence and prayer in public service, describing how numerous senators meet weekly for bipartisan Bible study and prayer
  • Dr. Ketchersid with the students who participated in the Washington, DC,  leadership conferenceToured the Pentagon where they experienced a memorable and emotional visit to the September 11, 2001, memorial that honors the 184 victims who died there
  • Toured the Federal Reserve, where economist Patrick McCabe talked about the government bailout of banks
  • Heard from Dan Busby, Acting President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA

The students who participated in this trip were Hannah Dettling, Kyla Hill, Carrie Cook, Amelia George, Shannon McCowan, Bethany Diamond, Jandi Haegan, and Daniel Grayton.