Congresswoman Barbara Lee Welcomes Oakland Pastor Brondon Reems as Guest Chaplain

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed Pastor Brondon Reems from the Center of Hope Community Church  in Oakland as the Guest Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am proud to welcome Pastor Reems to the US Capitol. In Oakland, Pastor Reems has been a pillar of community and a champion for youth and the most vulnerable,” said Congresswoman Lee. “I am so glad Congress had the chance to hear his message of peace and service today. His commitment to the East Bay community and his passion for serving others is an inspiration.”

Pastor Brondon Reems is the senior Pastor at the Center of Hope Community Church in Oakland, which was founded by his mother, Bishop Ernestine Reems. In addition to his role at the church, Pastor Reems is the co-founder of Oakland’s Potters House for Young Men, a 24-hour residential care facility for young teens.  

“God’s timing is always right. It is a privilege and a blessing for me to be selected to represent God in the political field with prayer,” said Pastor Brondon Reems. “I would like to thank Congresswoman Lee for this tremendous opportunity.”


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.