Texas Gov. Rick Perry was baptized in a creek last month during a ceremony observed only by close friends and family — a personal action he took to “reaffirm his commitment” to the Christian faith, according to a spokesperson.
The governor was dunked under the water in the Little Rocky Creek outside Independence, Texas — the same body of water where Sam Houston, the state’s 7th governor, was also baptized in 1854.
“Gov. Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God,” said Perry spokesman Felix Browne in a statement. “Like many people of faith, the governor wished to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning.”
Little Rocky Creek has been used to perform baptisms by Independence Baptist Church, a local house of worship, for quite some time. But it was Pastor Mac Richard of Lake Hills Church in Austin, Texas, who presided over Perry’s re-dedication.
In being baptized in the creek, the governor followed in the footsteps of Houston, who was the first elected president of the Republic of Texas in 1839. He was also a U.S. senator and later became governor.
Houston was baptized in the creek at the urging of his Baptist wife, the Texas Tribune reported.
Perry’s very personal and non-public act follows years of the governor’s open proclamations about his Christian faith, including his involvement in “The Response,” a massive public prayer event in 2011.
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(H/T: Texas Tribune)