There appears to a be revival of sorts happening weekly in the White House.
Once a week, about a dozen or so Cabinet members and other prominent officials in President Donald Trump’s administration attend a group Bible study led by Ralph Drollinger, founder of Capitol Ministries, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Among those who regularly attend are Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions also attend, according to the report, whenever their busy schedules allow.
Pence, along with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, sponsors the group.
“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life,” Drollinger said. “They are so teachable. They’re so noble. They’re so learned.”
Drollinger, who starred at UCLA under legendary college basketball coach John Wooden before becoming a minister, founded his organization in 1996 with the goal of spreading the Christian faith to lawmakers nationwide. The ministry currently leads Bible study groups in dozens of state capitols, in addition to weekly studies for members of Congress.
Speaking with CBN, Drollinger gave specific praise to Pence, who he compared to Joseph, one of the most faithful characters in the Bible whose story is found in the last third of the book of Genesis.
“Mike Pence has respect for the office. He dresses right — like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before the Pharaoh,” Drollinger said. “Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”
Drollinger also singled out Sessions: “[Sessions will] go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town.'”
Trump doesn’t attend the studies, though Drollinger said the president has an open invitation. However, Drollinger does send Trump a copy of the study each week.
The meetings are significant, Drollinger told CBN, because it is likely the first Bible study among a group of Cabinet members in at least a century.