Rapid City man serves as Senate's guest chaplain

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WASHINGTON - It's a unique honor for a Rapid City man, being selected to serve as the U.S. Senate’s Guest Chaplain.

Pastor Bill Ewing was born and raised in South Dakota and started Christian Life Ministries in the early 1980s in Rapid City.

U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said the ministry has impacted him personally, along with thousands of people from across the country. Ewing was honored to be nominated by Thune.

“We have benefited enormously from Pastor Ewing's spiritual mentorship, his always wise and godly counsel, and his example of faithfulness,” Thune said to the Senate on Thursday.

Ewing started the session in prayer.

“As we bow our knees before you Father, grant us thankful hearts, let our eyes see the many blessings that we've been given living in this great land,” Ewing recited.

The Senate’s Guest Chaplain Program invites spiritual representatives from all of the world’s major religious faiths.

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