Shaping the Capitol Culture

Civility, Integrity, and Servant Leadership

Elected members of the Oklahoma legislature face unique challenges and extraordinary pressures. During the tensest moments, Joel’s work plays a vital role in providing a public voice for civility and prayer for Oklahoma’s elected leaders, teachers, and public services.

“Dr. Harder brings a peaceful and encouraging presence to the state capitol. I’ve witnessed the difference his work makes in how elected leaders are being prayed for and supported.”
Rep. Josh Cockroft

Civility and Integrity

Each Thursday morning, Joel delivers a devotional message on the floor of the House of Representatives. The messages in 2019 focus on essential virtues and the characteristics that mark a person of integrity.

“The presence of Dr. Joel Harder and the Capitol Commission ministry at the Oklahoma Capitol enables legislators who are pressured from many different sides to gain from God’s Word the spiritual grounding they need to be salt and light during their time of public service. I am extremely grateful for this ministry.”
Rep. Travis Dunlap

  • Watch Joel’s introduction to the 2019 devotion series entitled The Leaders We Need below. Click here to view the full series.

“Dr. Harder is well respected by members of both political parties as he continues to serve the Oklahoma House of Representatives as chaplain.”
Speaker Charles McCall

Last of Human Freedoms | OK House of Reps | Feb 7 2019 from Capitol Commission Oklahoma on Vimeo.

Leadership Matters

When our leaders are better we are all better. As an agent of grace and civility, sharing wisdom and promoting integrity and servant leadership in the State Capitol, Dr. Harder helps shaps the culture at the state capitol for leaders serving communities across the state of Oklahoma. (2 Cor. 5:11-21)

Inaugural Prayer Service for Gov. Kevin Stitt | Dr. Joel Harder from Capitol Commission Oklahoma on Vimeo.

“Having Dr. Harder in the hallways is an emotional and encouraging boost each day. He has the knack of taking interest in individuals in a respectful yet engaging manner. He may be the only person in the Capitol that approaches a legislator and wants nothing. And that is most uplifting.”
Senator Dave Rader


I am honored to work with policy-makers in shaping a culture of civility, integrity, and servant leadership at the State Capitol. -Joel Harder

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