Welcome to Members of Congress


WASHINGTON, D.C. — As members of the 114th U.S. Congress convened here this week to begin the new term, representatives of the United Methodist General Board of Church & Society (GBCS) ventured out in freezing rain and snow to welcome them.

Susan Henry-Crowe

Mark Harrison

The Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, GBCS’s chief executive, and Mark Harrison, director of the agency’s Peace with Justice work area, walked from the United Methodist Building to attend several receptions for new members at the Capitol and then called on senators in the three Senate office buildings: Dirksen, Hart and Russell.

The duo introduced themselves to senators and/or their staff members, welcomed them to the nation’s capital, and gave an invitation to come to the United Methodist Building, which is also on Capitol Hill, to learn more about the agency’s ministries.

Those visited include the following:

  • Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas (newly elected)
  • David Perdue, R-Georgia (newly elected)
  • Gary Peters, D-Michigan (newly elected)
  • Al Franken, D-Minnesota
  • Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
  • Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina (newly elected)
  • Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island
  • Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina
  • Tim Scott, R-South Carolina
  • Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin

Cotton and Perdue are United Methodists. They are among the 43 United Methodists in Congress who will receive a formal welcome and an invitation to visit the United Methodist Building.

Personal visits and invitations to members of the House of Representatives are planned as well.

Editor's note: The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church. Prime responsibility of the board is to seek implementation of the Social Principles and other policy statements on Christian social concerns of the General Conference, the denomination’s highest policy-making body. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education & Leadership Formation, United Nations & International Affairs, and resourcing these areas for the denomination. It has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.