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Gov. Bentley to visit UA to discuss his Christianity

Taylor Holland

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Gov. Robert Bentley will give his testimony for students, faculty and staff tonight in the north end of The Zone inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of The Huddle, an organization of Alabama students who gather together once a semester to hear a speaker talk about their walk with Jesus Christ and the importance of clinging to His word in college. Kappa Alpha Psi and Alpha Gamma Delta are also sponsoring the event.

Lissa Handley Tyson, co-founder of The Huddle, said she reached out to Bentley in hopes of getting him to come to the University to share his testimony.

“[We picked Bentley] because he is a Christian leader in the state of Alabama,” Tyson said. “He’ll be sharing how he found religion through Jesus Christ and how it’s played a part in his life as governor of our state.”

Prior to being elected as governor in November 2010, Bentley served two terms in the state House of Representatives, representing Tuscaloosa, founded a number of small businesses and managed a dermatology clinic.

During his first year in office, Bentley’s administration participated in 128 jobs announcements across the state, bringing a total of 10,960 future jobs for Alabamians, according to his website.

Locally, Bentley is still a member of First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa, where he has served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and member of the Youth for Christ Advisory and Family Counseling Advisory Boards, according to his UA Board of Trustees biography.

Tyson said all members of the UA community are invited to the event, and Bentley said he hoped the members of the entire student body were well represented.

“No matter where you’re from, what your occupation is or what your capacity is, you can serve the Lord while doing it,” Tyson said, referencing what she hopes students will learn from Bentley.

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