Presidential Prayer

Two weeks ago, I was in a whirl-wind tour of ministering in the Great State of Georgia. I love the South and the last time I was there instead of the trademark Georgia Peach someone after hearing me speak called me “The Georgia Preach.” In just eight days, I drove 3,004 miles (alone), preached eight times, taped two TV shows and it was exciting but exhausting. What a JOY it was to return and preach revival for my good friend, Pastor Dean Knipe at Providence Church in Columbus, GA and stayed four nights at Fort Benning Army Base. Honestly, I hadn’t felt that “safe” sleeping in a long time on the military base surrounded by a bunch of America’s finest and bravest soldiers. On the last night of the revival we had a 76 year old Vietnam Veteran walk the aisle, bend his knee and give his heart to Jesus Christ. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The following day, I raced to tape TWO television shows in Phenix City, AL and what an honor it was to look in the camera and speak LIFE into the audience. The Lord had me preach “Waiting on the Lord” and Christ’s Cross & Coming Again. The Lord showed up on that set! God’s Word never returns void. Pastor Dean hosts a show called “Straight Bible Talk” and he self-lessly invited me to not only be a guest but elected to stay home and gave me two 28 minute time slots to preach whatever God laid on my heart. Pastor Dean is the salt of the earth and you won’t find a more gracious, self-less soldier of Christ. Brother, thank you for your friendship and your reward will be HUGE in Glory!!

That evening I was blessed to catch up with my dear friend, Pastor Chris Dorrity of Grace Pointe Church in Macon, GA and they rolled out the red-carpet and his entire family and pastoral staff took me out to eat at BONEFISH GRILLE. Pastor Steven Furtick is one of his personal mentors and they are doing a great work in Georgia. You cannot beat “Southern Hospitality.” Pastor Chris had me preach twice last year and we are scheduling now to return later this summer. Lord willing, I will not be driving again but on the next flight!

After crashing at Pastor Dorrity’s beautiful home it was off to the races to connect with one of my heroes of the last Quarter Century. My pastor loaned me a video over two decades ago created by Dr. James Dobson on “Focus on the Family” of the true life story of ex convict Harold Morris. The show was called “TWICE PARDONED” and other than Billy Graham and a few other’s I had never seen the POWER of God rest on a man more than on that message Harold gave in 1988. Before or since, I don’t recall an individual connecting with a crowd or teens quite like the way God used Harold speaking that night in San Antonio, TX to over 16,000 souls. I recall watching that video praying that maybe God would use me too as an evangelist to touch others for His Glory. After years of no success obtaining his information, one of my heroes of the faith and mentors, Dr Tim Lee tracked down Harold’s home phone and I called him. Brother Harold returned my call! Today, Harold Morris is 75 years old and resides in Clayton, GA. After scheduling a lunch with him I drove 400 miles out of the way to have lunch with one of the men that God used mightily to encourage me into full-time evangelism. The hour lunch turned into FOUR and we had a time! I would have walked to fellowship with that Gospel Giant.

The next day, I was blessed to reunite with one of America’s choice pastors, Jerry Walls of Southside Baptist in Warner Robbins, GA and he bought me a steak dinner at Outback. God is using that dear man of God POWERFULLY and Brother Jerry is loved by everyone and they are in the middle of a massive building project. It would be hard to find a finer pastor across America than Pastor Jerry Walls. He is a WINNER! I was scheduled to have dinner and stay the night with my buddy, Rick Stanley (Elvis Presley’s step-brother) but our plans got changed at last second. Rick rocks! #Thank ya very much

My dear friend, Bob Lockhart is priceless to our family and ministry. We met several years ago when I was preaching in LaBelle, Florida and almost everytime I came back to preach in the Sunshine State he was there to support us. Bob sinced moved north to Georgia and we reunited on Sat, March 11 and toured Warner Robbins AFB Museum together and took a pic standing next to both the Thunderbirds Jet Plane and a smaller version of “Air Force One.” What is really crazy is in 1995, when I was employed with the United States Senate I recall the photographer of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC coming to the Capitol to take the picture of all 100 Senators at their desk. As if it were yesterday, I recall smiling proudly and was fortunate to be in the picture in the balcony that day before being promoted by the Sergeant at Arms as “floor staff” of Senate. In the Warner Robbins AFB Aviation Museum they have a room dedicated to Senator Sam Nunn and my heart skipped when I saw a massive mural of that same picture of the Senators. I knew the picture looked familiar because 1) I was there 2) I bought the smaller 8×10 as a keepsake at home 3) I AM IN THE PICTURE on the wall in the museum at age 23!! Look out Forest Gump! 🙂

The next day, Bob and I drove together to Plains, GA and I wanted to honor him for all he has done for me and I invited him to be my guest at Maranatha Baptist Church. Yes, you guessed it the home church of President Jimmy Carter. Our 39th President was born in Plains, GA and after leaving The White House he elected to return to Plains and waived his right to buried with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery and going to be buried in Plains, GA. It was my privilege to meet President Carter twice before. The first was in 1997 in Philadelphia, PA and he was leaving a restaurant with his wife and President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara along with General Colin Powell and his wife, Alma and Governor Tom Ridge (R-PA). They were all in town for President Clinton’s “Volunteer Summit” and I recall thinking that was a pretty influential “Party of Eight.” He was walking to the awaiting armored black Suburban and I just outside of the security barrier said: “Mr President” and he stopped on a dime and to his credit came straight over and shook my hand only to head right back to the car. In the words of Forrest “I met the President, again

The second time was at Maranatha Baptist in June 2000. Ironically, two weeks before I was with President William Jefferson Clinton on the flight line of Andrews Air Force Base and got pics with him, Senator John Glenn (D-OH) and Secretary of Defense William S Cohen (R-ME) moments before POTUS boarded “Air Force One” and flew out to give a speech. During my 17 years on Capitol Hill it was a joy to work in both Presidential Correspondence Office for Clinton and George W Bush, respectively.

Bob and I got to the church early on May 13, 2013 and President Jimmy Carter has taught Sunday School every year (twice per month) since leaving The White House in 1981. After going through the United States Secret Service I was placed on the “front row” and the President spoke from Hebrews and did a fine job talking on leadership. You are probably a Washington “insider” when you actually know some of the names of Special Agents of Secret Service (past and present). President Carter in his lesson said: “Jesus Christ is the greatest leader of all time.” The President asked if any preachers’ were in the audience and my friend, Bob from Florida (now Georgia) hit me in the shoulder and our former Commander in Chief began to ask me questions. President Carter asked me if I would open in prayer for his Sunday School. I have always said: “The Greats are Gracious.” You can see the video below and I didn’t realize that they were filming it but was honored then and humbled to receive it on film.

At the conclusion of the service, I was bombarded with folks whom visited from all over the Country to learn more about our ministry. It was humbling to say the least and en route to the car it was a JOY to re-unite with President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn one last time for a picture. Today, he is 88 years young and he thanked me for my ministry and extended greetings that God would continue to use me. Greater than a MasterCard commerical it was PRICELESS. That afternoon, I drove 15 hours straight alone (except for the Holy Spirit) and arrived back home at 4:45AM only to preach three times in two days at a Men’s Conference in West River, MD for the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship and raced to fly Saturday evening to Music City USA – Nashville, TN to speak on Sunday-Tuesday at Michael W Smith’s legendary ROCKETOWN studios. What a privilege it was to minister and pour into hundreds of Christian artists from around the globe.

In closing, after racking up another 3,000 miles in over a week I could have driven across the Country (literally) and I had Ray Charles “GEORGIA ON MY MIND” while criss-crossing the state. One has a lot of time to think and pray while driving (especially alone) and I am reminded regardless, if homeless or Hollywood, paupers to Presidents everyone needs Jesus and the ground is level at the foot of the cross. What a privilege it was to petition the “King of Kings” in the presence of our 39th President. PRAISE THE LORD and in the words of the late White House reporter, Helen Thomas whom I met in 1999 “Thank you, Mr President.” To God Be The Glory Great Things HE Hath Done.”

WATCH President Carter call on Evangelist Frank Shelton to open in prayer


About the Author:

Part author, comedian & visionary but FULL communicator of Biblical Truth, Frank Shelton travels the globe pointing people to a personal relationship with Jesus. He shares HUMOR, celebrity impressions and powerful life stories that Exalt the Savior, Encourage the Saints and Evangelizes the Sinner desiring to build God's Kingdom not his. Frank has a God given gift to "dial in" to those disconnected from God and hung up in life. He is an evangelist and encourager and ideal for students, singles and Sunday services speaking over 200 dates per year at various venues.


  1. Lisa Thompson May 29, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    You are FORREST GUMP!! Frank, I love to hear how God takes you from glory to glory. You’re a pawn on Christ’s chess board and thank you for your obedience to Father God. i love how you always point back to Christ and His cross. Thank you for your boldness and faithfulness to the gospel.

    Bless you and yours

  2. Loretta Wood May 29, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply


  3. Pastor Scott May 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    So great to see that soldier’s face after he gave his life to Christ. The JOY of JESUS is all over him. Super job Frank. Statistics show that most people come to faith in Christ earlier in life. God really uses you in a powerful way. He may have served in the Army but you are on God’s Special Ops! We got to get you up north sometime soon

  4. E Miller May 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    No wonder your mom, Ruth Salmeron Shelton, your friends, and Jesus are proud of you!

  5. Tuck Smith May 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    He was a good President

  6. Stevie Prather May 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    WOW! Now, you hang out with presidents!!! I guess that means you’ve gone PRESIDENTIAL!!!!

  7. Cindy D May 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    What a honor. You have been given a wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Angie S May 29, 2013 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    That’s absolutely wonderful Frank! !

  9. Dave Glenn May 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Frank – If I could choose 5 minutes to be spend with a former president, President Carter would be my choice. I find his humility and devotion inspiring. What an opportunity.

  10. Maricella May 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    So blessed…Keep shining for Jesus! When are you coming back to TX?

  11. Steve Fitzhugh May 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Goooood Stufffff man!!!! Miss you brother. God used a virgin womb and a virgin tomb! That will preach!! Love you. Agape

  12. Jonathan Brown May 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    You nailed it Frank!! Powerful prayer with President Carter. Blessings from NC

  13. Jim Wood May 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    Wow Frank….you never cease to amaze me Great prayer

  14. Kay Brickwell May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    President Carter sent us a 50th anniversary letter… so, even though i don’t agree with him politically… i still think it was nice for him to send us the congratulatory letter… and glad you met him!!!

  15. Sharon C May 30, 2013 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Frank, you ROCKED THE HOUSE at Regency Stadium with your sermon on Saturday for the Charles County Revival in Waldorf, MD. I was so proud of you

  16. Pastor Daniels May 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Like the President said, “No doubt that he is an evangelist!” I got to bring you out to Las Vegas sometime soon to preach to our people

  17. Virginia Benedict May 30, 2013 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Frank, your prayer was a great inspiration to us all including Pres. Carter!!!

  18. Aileen R May 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Frank, everyday I grow prouder and prouder of you! Thank you for being my friend and for being such a wonderful inspiration to me and many others. Thank you for listening to Jesus calling you so many years ago…I am truly a life that was changed because of your service to Christ! God bless you Frank!

  19. Eric May 30, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    That is a great video. What an honor! Very cool.

  20. Kenny Miller May 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    That video is AMAZING!! Is God’s Hand on your life or WHAT??!!!


    Your prayer was among one of the best I’ve ever heard too. How in the WORLD did you pull that off the cuff at the feet of the President (the King if we were in Biblical days) without a trace of nervousness?

    You are definitely my hero!!

  21. Pastor Brad May 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Frank, thank you so much for your donation for our trip to Los Angeles to serve at The Dream Center with Pastor Matthew Barnett. You should be receiving a thank you card from us real soon.

    You are a class act adn full of class all at the same time. In the words of Rodney Dangerfield – “call me sometime when you have NO CLASS”

    God bless you brother

  22. J.A. Perez May 30, 2013 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16 KJV)

    It’s an honor to have a friend who is friend of Presidents!

    Blessings my Brother,


  23. Nikita Koloff May 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    Frank, I am so proud of you. I know you told me about your meeting on the phone but I really appreciated it more seeing the video. The Spirit was on you totally and you were definitely flowing under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. So proud of you and great seeing you again recently for dinner in Nashville, TN

    Call me in a couple days and I love you. God bless you

  24. Jesse B May 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Very sweet! You are a good Ambassador Frank. May God continue to give you strength, a quick mind, boldness and opportunities.



  25. Pastor Warren Rice May 30, 2013 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Dear Brother Frank,

    Just read your newsletter. WOW, how the Lord is blessing you! Andy Fink, his son Ed and I were extremely blessed by your ministry at the Full Gospel Advance in West River, MD. Will be praying for you and your ministry. Excited to have you preach in August to our Men’s Meeting in Thurmont, MD next door to CAMP DAVID Presidential Retreat.


    Pastor Warren Rice

  26. John Grimes June 4, 2013 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Man Frank, I so appreciate all you do, all you stand for, and how you inspire me!

  27. Rosie G June 6, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Pastor Frank, its Rosie Gonzales from London, England…are you going to be in the areas of Rancho Cucamonga, CA (east of Hollywood) in August? We would love to invite you to bring the Word at my church The Rivers Edge. We are a small church in a warehouse. I was hoping you could come. Is that possible??? Please let me know…..God bless you

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