WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), a former member at First Lutheran Church in Lorain, released a statement following this morning’s fire at the church.

“First Lutheran has served Lorain County families for 90 years. Pastor Woody and Pastor Jimmy have provided personal support to hundreds of families, including mine, emboldening our faith and enriching our lives. My family’s 10 years at First Lutheran revealed to us a church committed to helping the community around it, and nurturing the community within.

“On a personal note, First Lutheran and its kind congregation provided a place of solace and comfort for me – and for my daughters, Emily and Elizabeth – during my many years as a single father. This morning, even as the church continued to smolder, congregants gathered near the grounds to discuss how to continue feeding those in need and when they can begin the hard work of restoring their beloved church. That is the spirit of First Lutheran.”