Brown County resident Rick Phelps will serve as Pastor of the Day and give the opening prayer at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Thursday morning.

Phelps was asked by State Rep. Mike Lang to do the honors, as it was Lang’s turn to select a Pastor of the Day. Phelps currently serves as the outreach pastor at Victory Life Church, the news director at KOXE, a Bangs city councilman, vice-chair for the Salvation Army and a chaplain for Early PD, Bangs PD and the sheriff’s department.

Phelps said he got to know Lang well in 2016 while moderating candidate forums. Lang replaced longtime State Rep. Jim Keffer in Texas House District 60. “During that time, I had gotten to know him,” Phelps said. “We started discussing our faith, and he knew how important my faith in the Lord is to me. That’s kind of how it came about.”

Phelps called the opportunity “an honor” — even if he can only pray for two minutes after the two-hour trip. “It’s worth it,” he said.

He said he appreciates Lang’s service as a brother in Christ. “His decisions are based on what he thinks is pleasing to the Lord,” Phelps said. “I just have a lot of respect for that because today, there’s a lot of people who either deny their faith or don’t allow their faith to lead them in the decisions they make, and that’s not Mike. Mike is the exact opposite. He’s just a great guy with a really good heart.”

Phelps will pray at 10 a.m. The prayer can be live-streamed at www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio.