On June 15, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed the Freedom to Worship Act into law. Texas House Rep. Scott Sanford authored this legislation to protect places of worship from government-mandated closures.

Sanford, who also serves as an executive pastor at Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas, saw his church close due to COVID-19 pandemic mandates. In addition, Sanford witnessed the toll it took on congregations barred from gathering to worship during the aftermath of this shutdown. 

As he wrote the Freedom to Worship Act, Sanford knew he was creating a document essential in protecting First Amendment religious freedoms. "As a Pastor and Christian, I was honored to author this important legislation," Sanford stated. 

With this law in place, local churches can remain confident that no government official will prevent them from gathering together to worship. “Local churches need to have peace of mind during emergencies that government officials are not going to close their worship spaces,” said Sanford.

Scott Sanford has served as a staff member at Cottonwood Creek Church for 24 years and has served as a Texas State Representative since 2013. In addition, he serves on several Texas House committees: Ways & Means, Public Education and House Administration.

About Cottonwood Creek Church

At Cottonwood Creek Church, we believe in doing whatever it takes to reach people in our community. We are here to bring Jesus to the person sitting next to us or someone on the other side of the world. When you walk through the door, no matter if you’re a child or an adult, married or single, know that we’re willing to do whatever it takes to make sure you know that Jesus loves you. For more information and worship times visit cottonwoodcreek.org or call 972.359.7777