UPDATE: Vice President Mike Pence spoke at this morning’s service at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs.
Pence, who on Saturday visited Jacksonville to discuss jobs with Gov. Rick Scott and then Palm Beach for a speech at The Breakers, held an informal conversation onstage for about 20 minutes during the church’s service with the Rev. David Hughes.
Pence then joined other parishioners in the pews as Hughes delivered his sermon.
“Blessed to have the opportunity to worship with the friendly faces at @cbglades. Thank you for the warm welcome,” Pence tweeted after the service.
EARLIER STORY: Vice President Mike Pence will visit a South Florida church this morning, where he will attend the service and be interviewed by the church’s pastor about his faith, according to a post Saturday on the Church by the Glades’ Facebook page.
The church, which sits on the northeast corner of the intersection of the Sawgrass Expressway and West Atlantic Boulevard in Coral Springs, is cautioning guests to arrive more than an hour early for the 10 a.m. service.
“Our intent is for this NOT to be a political or partisan event, but rather an opportunity to hear how a sitting Vice President integrates his personal faith with his very public calling,” the church said in the post.
In a later post, the church’s pastor, the Rev. David Hughes, defended the decision to host Pence and have him speak at the service. That post — which is accompanied by a photo of Hughes standing on a stage with a donkey and an elephant while Hughes holds a sign that says “GOD is NOT a REPUBLICAN or DEMOCRAT” — begins with Hughes saying the church is open to all people, including “donkey people” and “elephant people,” and the church’s Sunday morning service “is NOT about political agendas but HONOR.”
“When the office of the sitting Vice President of the United States ASKED US if he would be welcome to worship with us, of course the honoring response is ‘yes,’ ” Hughes wrote.
He said he would have done the same for Vice President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama or first lady Michelle Obama.
“And, VP Pence’s office communicated his willingness to share his testimony…my thought was, if the 2nd most powerful man if the free world, regardless of party, wants to come and share with my church how he fell in love with Jesus, I’m in,” Hughes continued. “Of course I respect your right to disagree with a choice I prayerfully made. Just do so with respect.”
After the service, Pence is scheduled to fly out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for his return trip to Washington, D.C., aboard Air Force Two.
On Saturday night, Pence spoke at a Club for Growth gathering at The Breakers in Palm Beach. After his speech, he made his first visit to President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club since the pair took office in January. Trump invited Pence to come by for dessert after the president ate dinner with first lady Melania Trump, Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, Laura Perlmutter and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.