Strohm quits scheduling Capitol clergy
State Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Jenks, said Friday he is resigning as chaplain coordinator for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Strohm, who has served in this role throughout the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, has acted as the point of contact for scheduling chaplains to lead the chamber in prayer at the beginning of each legislative day.
His role became controversial this session when he required that the only clergy welcome to be the “pastor of the day” would be people from their sponsoring lawmaker’s own church. Some lawmakers scoffed at the rule, which would have prevented Muslim or Jewish guests to give the daily prayer.
“It has been a tremendous honor serving as the chaplain coordinator for the Oklahoma House,” Strohm wrote in a news release. “Effective immediately, however, I will no longer be serving in this role. Having the opportunity to meet so many pastors from our great state has been a tremendous honor and has inspired me to grow in my walk with the Lord Jesus.”