The faith community in Richland County, Ohio is asking America’s favorite fast-food restaurant to choose their town as its next franchise destination. 101 local pastors from various denominations bonded over their common love for Chick-fil-A and signed a petition in anticipation of the establishment’s arrival to their town.
In a joint statement, Richland County’s Community Prayer Network lauded the exceptional reputation of the fast-food chain “as a business and as a community stakeholder.” With “glorifying God” as one of the goals of the company, this gives the pastors perspective that Chick-fil-A provides its customers with regal treatment.
Thus, the clergymen “wholeheartedly support the prospects of Chick-fil-A” choosing Richland County as its next franchise destination.
“We are eagerly ‘setting the table’ in anticipation for the arrival of Chick-fil-A, and firmly believe that our families will taste and see that the LORD is good,” reads the statement.
The petition comes with praises for the esteemed establishment from some of the signers. Rev. Hank Webb admires the company’s decision to close its doors on Sundays to honor God, which not all businesses do for fear of losing revenue. He says that it’s one of the outstanding Christian values the restaurant holds and follows.
Meanwhile, Pastor Rick Wiseman vouches for the company’s dedication and compassion to reach out to local communities and those needing help. His support comes from his personal experience. He tells Frontlines Ohio that Chick-fil-A paid for his son’s cochlear implant surgery when he lost his hearing in one ear. The company spent more than $40,000 to restore his son’s hearing.
The pastors’ petition comes after Chick-fil-A brought a food truck to Mansfield, Ohio as part of a market study on July 6. It made several stops to see if there was enough profit to build a fast-food chain in the city. Everyone who got a taste of Chick-fil-A goodness loved it so much that they want more and want it to stay.