JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Mike Pence, visited Jacksonville's First Baptist Church Sunday morning. His goal was to reach and connect with Christian voters.
Hundreds of people filled the auditorium for Sunday Service. As part of an on-stage interview with Senior Pastor Dr. Mac Brunson, Pence shared his thoughts on the New York City explosion and Minnesota mall attack.
"Whether it was inspired by terrorists abroad, as you experienced here in Florida not long ago, or whether it was home grown violence, we urge prayer and vigilance," said Pence.
Pence told the congregation about his struggle with faith.
"I went off to college and had largely walked away from the faith that I was raised to believe in, but when I got to college, I met a group of folks in a non-denominational Christian fellow group," he said.
He also shared about Trump's faith as well.
"On the campaign trail, Donald waved [my wife] Karen and me over and he said, 'Hey can we have a prayer before you leave?' This is a man who is raised in a family of faith," said Pence.
Churchgoers say hearing Pence's message makes him more relatable, and that his visit solidified their vote.
"I haven't heard him share that personal story, and I thought it was really cool," said Josh Berdet of Jacksonville. "It just helps us with the voting process seeing who he is as a person," he said.