Burris Keynote Speaker for Prayer Breakfast | Judson University Christian College
Berlean Miller Burris to Give Keynote at Judson’s Annual Prayer Breakfast

Berlean Burris(Elgin, IL – April 14, 2011) Community members are invited to attend Judson University’s Annual Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, May 4, to hear Dr. Berlean Miller Burris, academic, community volunteer and wife of former Illinois Senator Roland W. Burris.

The breakfast will be held from 7:30-9:00 a.m. in Judson’s Betty Lindner Campus Commons located at 1151 North State St. in Elgin. This annual event attracts hundreds of business leaders, church members, volunteers, public safety and service personnel as Judson recognizes the services of community leaders and organizations, safety personnel and national service organizations for their contributions and services.

Berlean Miller Burris has had dual careers in nursing and theological education. She has earned numerous awards and fellowships as well as degrees from Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago and Moody Theological Seminary. Her accomplished careers, which included administrative and teaching roles, were most rewarding when she was able to inspire integrity and excellence in her students. Her publications focused on empowering educationally disadvantaged and minority students. She continues to serve the citizens of Chicago through community efforts.

Most recently, Dr. Burris' new book, Just Stand: God's Faithfulness Never Fails, follows her journey when her husband, Senator Roland W. Burris, was appointed to the U.S. Senate from Illinois and experienced political attacks on his personal integrity. Dr. Burris' experience of silently taking the public affronts brought a transformational moment where she affirmed the foundation of family, faith and a year of public service to stand for something greater than herself.

Also during the breakfast, Judson University will recognize a local volunteer with the D. Ray Wilson Service Award. Nominees will be announced on Judson’s website at www.JudsonU.edu. Last year’s winner was Nancy Schueneman of Elgin, who volunteered in the community for several organizations including the YWCA, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Jayne Shover Easter Seal Center, Elgin Junior Woman’s Club, U-46 Project Access, Altrusa International and Sherman Auxiliary.

Many of the Prayer Breakfast’s program participants also have ties to serving community members. Other program participants will include Rev. Henock Fuentes, Elgin Police Chaplain, Captains Fred and Nancy Mead, The Salvation Army, Nancy Schueneman, Marco Alvarez, President/CEO of Fabric Images and Dr. Teri Stein, Judson University.

Tickets are $16 per person and table sponsorships are available for $350, which includes a table for eight and recognition in the program. Reserve your seat by April 25 by visiting www.JudsonU.edu/prayerbreakfast or calling 847-628-1119.

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