By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League
September 23, 2021
After more than three weeks, the Christian Action League of North Carolina has reopened its office in Raleigh. It was closed because its executive director, Rev. Mark Creech, contracted COVID.
Creech was recently released by his doctor to return to work, but is still recovering from the illness. He says he works only partial days.
“COVID busted me up pretty good,” said Creech, “I’ve never been so sick in my whole life.” Creech now walks with a cane because he says he lists to the right. His doctor says the problem should correct itself as healing progresses.
“I’ve taken a little ribbing from some of my friends who say, ‘Well, at least you are listing to the right. No one would know what to think if you moved toward the left,’” Creech humorously said.
Creech adds that he is full of zeal for the causes the League has represented for years, but says, “my stamina falls exceedingly short of matching that zeal at this point.”
Having met all quarantine requirements, all staff of the Christian Action League have returned to the office.
Beth Eden, Rev. Creech’s administrative assistant, said she could maintain most of the League’s business online from home during the quarantine. “But I’m thrilled to be back in the office again because the best part of my job is working with the staff here,” she said.
Hundreds of people from across the state have inquired about Rev. Creech’s health status – some on social media and some by other means. Colleagues, fellow lobbyists, and state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have relayed their concerns to the office of the Christian Action League.
Expressing well-wishes, even a former lawmaker reached out and said to Rev. Creech on Facebook, “I miss seeing you and learning from you.”
The president of the Christian Action League, Jack Marshburn, said the official reopening of the office was an answer to the prayers of many.
“I wish everyone could see just how strategic the ministry of the Christian Action League is in our state’s halls of power,” said Marshburn.
“It’s a ministry of profound godly influence. Everyone can see the negative vacuum created by Rev. Creech’s absence and the work of the League’s staff. It’s a ministry worthy of both good and even better support. I’m happy the ministry is working its way back to being fully engaged in the political process.”