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Special Photo. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, and State Sen. John Douglas, R- Social Circle, welcomed the Rev. John Donaldson, senior pastor of Newborn United Methodist Church, center, to serve as Chaplain of the Day on Jan. 28 in the State Senate in Atlanta.

"It was an honor to welcome Rev. Donaldson to the Senate today," Cagle said. "The tradition of the Senate to begin each day with a devotional and prayer allows us to set our mind and heart in the right direction as we make important policy decisions. As we face daunting challenges this session, I'm confident that the Senate will answer the call to serve. Today, Pastor Donaldson's message encouraged Senators and inspired each of us to lead our state in the right direction."

"I am delighted Rev. Donaldson was able to serve as our Senate Chaplain on Jan. 28," Douglas said. "His service to the community both as a pastor and member of the city council of Newborn are indicators of his value to all of us. We appreciated his message and wise counsel."

Donaldson has been at Newborn United Methodist Church since 2005. Prior to that, Donaldson preached in Reidsville, Savannah and North Dakota. Born in Atlanta, Donaldson attended Asbury College and Seminary Theological School in Wilmore, Ky., and spent four years in the Marine Corps. He has been married for 25 years and has two sons.

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Newborn UMC pastor serves as Senate chaplain

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, and State Sen. John Douglas, R- Social Circle, welcomed the Rev. John Donaldson, senior pastor of Newborn United Methodist Church, center, to serve as Chaplain of the Day on Jan. 28 in the State Senate in Atlanta.

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