Prayer Breakfast Registration | Judson University Christian College

Judson Community Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 7:30 A.M. to 9 A.M.

Lindner Fitness Center, Judson University

Ray WilsonThe public is invited to join us for Judson University's Community Prayer Breakfast to be held Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. in the Lindner Fitness Center at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. This networking and community event will attracts hundreds of community, service and business leaders and will offer you the opportunity to be seen as a community leader and supporter of higher education and volunteerism. The breakfast will include music, prayer, a keynote address by Former CEO of World Vision International, Dean R. Hirsch, and presentation of the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award - presented annually to the candidate who has contributed to the greater good within the greater Elgin community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. Tickets for the event are $18 for individuals and $350 for table sponsorships.

The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award

The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award is presented annually during the prayer breakfast to the candidate who has contributed to the greater good within the greater Elgin community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. Seeing a need for a prayer breakfast in the Fox Valley area, D. Ray Wilson (1926 – 2003) established one at Judson University in 1989. Since Wilson was well known in the community for his tireless hours of volunteering, the D. Ray Wilson Service Award was begun in his honor after his death in 2003. Learn more about D. Ray Wilson and the nomination process for award on the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award page.

Keynote by Dean R. Hirsch.

Former CEO of World Vision International

Dean Hirsch 2014Judson University has announced former CEO of World Vision International Dean R. Hirsch as its keynote speaker for the annual Community Prayer Breakfast, which will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 in the Lindner Fitness Center (1151 N. State St., Elgin).

Hirsch served as World Vision president from 1996 through 2009, and then as Global Ambassador for the organization until 2010. During his presidency, Hirsch refocused World Vision’s development and advocacy work for children. Globally, World Vision programs now benefit more than 3.6 million children and their families and communities. Under Hirsch’s leadership, World Vision dramatically scaled up its relief operations, responding to large-scale disasters including the Asian tsunami in 2005-06 and the Myanmar cyclone and Sichuan earthquake in 2008. During his tenure, World Vision’s income grew five-fold. Today, its 40,000 staff members provide health care, education, clean water, emergency food, tools, shelter and technical expertise to millions of the world’s poorest inhabitants.

Helping children has been a driving force in Hirsch’s leadership. “We should not tolerate the needless suffering of children,” he says. “Our mission is to help create a world in which no child suffers or dies for lack of food, clean water, shelter or protection from exploitation or war.”

A veteran of world trouble spots including Somalia and North Korea, Hirsch has worked extensively in disaster and post-conflict situations. He has set up famine relief in Ethiopia, AIDS prevention work in Africa and Asia, and peace building programs in countries such as Bosnia, Rwanda and El Salvador.

Prior to his appointment as WVI president in 1996, Hirsch served as chief operating officer, vice president for development and vice president for relief operations. He joined World Vision in 1976 as manager of computer operations.

Today, Hirsch works as a part time consultant to a number of non-profit agencies that provide assistance domestically and internationally. His focus remains on programs serving the poor and disadvantaged. Among his clients are World Vision, KPMG and Child Help. As KPMG ambassador, Dean R. Hirsch represents the organization at various meetings, events and other engagements, and seeks to assist and build alliances for KPMG's public sector practices, including International Development Services and the Global Grants Program. KPMG partnerships engage in sustainable development practices bringing hope to people in many countries.

In addition to hearing Dean R. Hirsch’s keynote speech, the Community Prayer Breakfast will honor one local civic leader with D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award, which is presented annually to the candidate who has contributed to the greater good within the greater Elgin community by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs.


Sponsor Table

Reserve your seat by May 2.

Call 847.628.1119 or place your reservation online below.  

  • $18 Individual
  • $350 Table Sponsorship: Table for eight and recognition in the program.


Businesses and Organizations - Sponsor a Table

Table Sponsorship -- $350
Sponsor a table for $350 and help support the Community Prayer Breakfast. Organizations and businesses wishing to sponsor a table will host a table for eight guests during the breakfast. Table Sponsors will be recognized in the program and on the Table Tent cards posted at their table. Please provide a high quality logo with your order for us to use in our program.

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General Admission Tickets for the Judson University Prayer Breakfast are $18 each.

Table Sponsorship for the Judson University Prayer Breakfast is $350.
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Tickets WILL NOT be mailed out for this event. Please plan to check in at the registration counter when you arrive. Seating for this event will be first come, first served.

All sales are final and no refunds for will be given for cancellations or for guests who are unable to attend the event. Additionally, Judson University is not responsible for any refunds in the event of any cancellation, postponement or rescheduling of the event.


How Judson's Prayer Breakfast Began

Historically, our nation’s leaders have turned to Almighty God for strength and guidance. It is in this spiritual tradition that Judson University has held the Annual Judson University Community Prayer Breakfast for over 25 years, serving the needs of the greater Elgin community, which includes Elgin and neighboring northwest and western suburbs along Interstate 90 (Elgin, East Dundee, Carpentersville, Sleepy Hollow, South Elgin, Schaumburg, St. Charles, Bartlett, Hoffman Estates, Barrington and neighboring areas).

This breakfast is our community’s version of the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. Inaugurated in 1952 by the leadership in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, these events are now held annually in nearly every state.

Nominate A Community Servant

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their service to the community? Nominate them for the D. Ray Wilson Community Service Award.

Previous Community Service Award Winners

  • •   Mary Rees Freeman, '13
  • •   Edward Hunter, '12
  • •   Donna Anderson, '11
  • •   Nancy Schueneman, '10
  • •   Jack & Marlene Shales, '09
  • •   Trinka Waters, '08
  • •   Floyd Brown, '07
  • •   Murna Hansemann, '06
  • •   Dr. Clare Ollayos, '05
  • •   Carl Flaks, '04

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