On his first public appearance before a group at the Capitol during his inaugural weekend, Georgia’s 82nd Governor Nathan Deal spoke to the 1st Eugene C. Tillman, Sr. Memorial Prayer Convocation.
During his remarks the governor made reference to the prophet Micah and his obligation as governor.
The Rev. Thurmond N. Tillman, son of the late Rep. Eugene C. Tillman, and pastor of Savannah’s Historic First African Baptist Church, delivered the keynote address. Other program participants included G.A.N.G of Riceboro, Georgia, the Alma Male Choir, and members of the General Assembly.
Rep. Al Williams (DMidway) named the convocation in memory of his mentor former Rep. Eugene C. Tillman of Brunswick, Georgia.
Rev. E. C. Tillman, Sr. was one of the founders of the original Georgia Legislative Prayer Caucus. The Prayer Caucus was initiated in 1993 by Dr. Ronald A. Crews (R), who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1991- 1999 and Rev. Eugene C. Tillman, Sr. (D), who served from 1993-2003.
The Prayer Caucus was a non-partisan, ecumenical organization, open to all legislators and Capitol employees who joined together in the spirit of unity and love to participate in the weekly prayer meetings.
Through the years the opening prayer convocation, held the Sunday before the first day of the annual legislative session, featured the Governor, Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Secretary of State, legislators, members of the clergy, and talented vocalists, instrumentalists and choirs from throughout the state of Georgia.