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September 8, 2018

As we face increasing challenges in fulfilling our part of the God’s mission in the Missouri Capitol and, more specifically, with our government leaders, Christ-following legislators are on the front lines of spiritual battles over the moral issues of our day. Let us remember, legislation and political agendas are rooted in the Scripture. Some reject God, biblical truth, and the teachings of Jesus; others embrace a biblical worldview that places Christ in the center of faith, family, and freedom.

Missouri residents have elected their primary candidates. Attention now turns to the county, state, and nation-wide elections. The stakes are high with this year’s election. Those elected are decided in large part by you. Your vote is your voice. Your voice is your values. I pray you to vote and voice your biblical worldview as you consider candidates of your choice. Religious freedom is being challenged in our state and nation. We must stand firm upon the Scripture and remember our hope is in Christ.

I am so excited to announce our 9th Annual Capitol Commission SWMO Dinner Evening on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2017, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. Event location is James River Church 6100 N. 19th Ozark (Hwy 65 and Route CC– 15 minutes south of Springfield from Interstate 44). Dinner is in the Clark Chapel. Enter through the South East Doors, parking lot signs will direct you.

Our speaker, Dr. Michael Sprague (see bio below), has a powerful message to share with insights and field-level understanding of the spiritual and political climate of our day. His engagement with government leaders at various levels throughout Louisiana, Washington and beyond bring clarity to what is happening in our nation. Various legislators from our region will participant in attendance and sharing of their faith.

Most importantly, please pray for our government leaders, me and my family for God’s ongoing provision and protection as we fight the good fight of faith. 

Register today at you can email or call 573.355.4161

More than any other year we need you at our legislator’s dinner. We need your:

  • Prayers
  • Presence
  • Partnership 

With a grateful heart and sincere appreciation for each of you, may God richly bless you, smile upon you, and give you His peace. 

Kindest Regards, 
John Battaglia Signature
John A. Battaglia, D. Min.
Capitol Commission
Missouri State Minister


PS: This event is worth the drive. We are working hard to make this a great night for you. Please plan on coming! We WANT you to join us for this evening and bring your friends. 

Dr. Sprague’s Biography

Dr. Michael Sprague is the Louisiana State Chaplain with the Capitol Commission and President of Grace Adventures ( Michael is engaged in relational outreach and discipleship, teaching, coaching, writing and speaking. He serves as a “non-political” friend to people in the halls of leadership. He loves to help people get to know the Jesus of the Scriptures. Michael has been featured on such programs as Fox and Friends, Fox Business Risk and Reward, Moody Radio and Christianity Today. Michael holds a Business degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Divinity degree from Capital Bible Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served as Senior Pastor of Trinity Church in Covington, Louisiana for 11 years, and formerly served for 15 years at Forcey Bible Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he helped launch the Touch Global Crisis Response Ministry for the E.F.C.A. that is now multiplying compassion ministry around the world. Michael does life with his wonderful wife Donna and resides in Mandeville, Louisiana. They have one son, Jonathan who is married to Patricia and a beloved grandchild.