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Judson Community Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:30 A.M. to 9 A.M.

Lindner Fitness Center, Judson University

This spring, hundreds of community, service and business leaders gathered for Judson University’s Community Prayer Breakfast. This year’s theme, “See: Hope,” was used throughout the morning to remember the importance of seeing hope as we pray for our families, our communities, our nation and our world. This networking and community event gave individuals the opportunity to be seen as a community leader and supporter of higher education. At the event, Judson also presented the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award. Wilson began the Prayer Breakfast hosted by Judson in 1989.

Photo Highlights from the Event

View the 2016 Prayer Breakfast photo album

Courtesy Judson University. Photos by Eric Secker.

Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Mellado, President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International

Jimmy MelladoIn 2013, Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado was named president and CEO of Compassion International, a Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world.

Having been born in El Salvador, Central America, and reared in seven countries, Mellado has experienced firsthand the impact local churches can have on their communities.

Prior to joining Compassion, he was president of the Willow Creek Association (WCA), a global ministry dedicated to helping local churches thrive. During his 20-year tenure, WCA’s worldwide ministry income grew from $2 million to more than $20 million and membership grew from 860 churches to well over 7,000 churches.

In 1995, Mellado partnered with Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, to launch and host The Global Leadership Summit. The Summit is recognized as an engaging, annual not-for-profit event created to address the need for high-caliber leadership training in local churches and among other organizations worldwide. It draws wisdom from corporate CEOs, heads of state, academic leaders and others.

Mellado graduated cum laude from Southern Methodist University, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

An accomplished athlete, Mellado was a member of the 1983 NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor National Championship team at SMU, where he competed in the decathlon and held the school record. After college, he went on to place fourth at the 1987 Pan American Games and 26th in the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games.

He and his wife, Leanne, have three adult children.

Guest Artist

Mrs. Tina Jenkins Crawley, Christian Vocalist

Tina Crawley 2016Dynamic Christian vocalist Tina Jenkins Crawley was the featured guest artist during the prayer breakfast.

Mrs. Crawley, winner of Chicago Music Awards' 2015 Best Gospel Entertainer of the Year honor, has been a guest worship leader at multiple churches throughout the U.S. She has also served as vocal director for the Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit and the Global Leadership Summit - International for several years.

The spirited soprano and graduate of Eastern Illinois University has been featured on stage, in music videos and commercials and at various venues around the globe. She released a compelling debut CD, "The Longest Journey," in 2012.

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 by voluntarily serving others' physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual needs. The following individuals were nominated for the D. Ray Wilson Award:

  • Keith Brill (Elgin) - Controller and volunteer for 14 different nonprofit organizations including the Community Crisis Center, Habitat for Humanity and the United Way
  • Tricia Grosser (Elgin) - Former grade-school teacher and volunteer for several organizations including Feeding Greater Elgin Food Pantry, Elgin Historical Society and Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni Association
  • Laurie Huske (Elgin) - President of Northern Kane County Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and advocate/educator on mental illness to many different community groups
  • Tara Romsaithong (Streamwood) - Founder of Homeschool Village Enrichment Co-Op and volunteer for the Village Kids - Children's Ministry at Village Church of Bartlett
  • Jeff Turner (Elgin) - Owner of In the Neighborhood Deli/Catering; organizer for Elgin's "Thanksgiving Community Dinner," "Have a Heart" dinner near Valentine's Day and "Together We're Elgin Community Cookout"; and volunteer with several nonprofits such as the Salvation Army and Ecker Center
  • Raymond Warren (Algonquin) Volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America where he has served in many leadership capacities such as president and member of the Council Executive Board

Ray WilsonSeeing 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.

Prayer Breakfast Promo Video

Table Sponsors

Business Sponsorship -- $500
Organizations and businesses wishing to sponsor a table hosted tables for eight guests during the breakfast. Table Sponsors were recognized in the program and on the table cards posted at their table.

Non-Profit/Individual Sponsorship -- $350
Non-profit organizations and individual Table Sponsors hosted tables for eight guests during the breakfast and were recognized in the program and on the table cards posted at their table.

To learn more, Download the Print Sponsorship Flyer for details.

Contact Us

If you have questions, please contact us at 847.628.2076.



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

  • Velma Sept, '15
  • Dr. Risé D. Jones, '14
  • 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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