Judson Community Prayer Breakfast | Judson University Christian College

Judson Community Prayer Breakfast

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 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, “Blessed,” was used throughout the morning. 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.

Keynote Speaker

Jim Munroe, MAZE Magic, Liar / Truth Teller

Jim MunroeJim Munroe is an author, speaker, and skeptic. After a promising career in baseball ended in a disappointing injury at the University of Texas, Munroe turned his mind towards investigating various philosophies and beliefs. This investigation into the unknown and the supernatural fueled his other passion: magic. Munroe loved magic. It was the perfect palette on which to express belief and doubt, at the same time. To Munroe, behind every religious curtain... was a lie.

By 2009, Munroe had become one of the most sought after magicians in the world. He toured hundreds of cities and sold out concert halls and theaters at almost every venue. It was at this time, his journey took an unexpected turn. Everything flipped upside down by a devastating diagnosis that would only give him months to live: leukemia.

Through the circumstances surrounding his battle with leukemia and consequent bone-marrow transplant, Munroe experienced both a medical and philosophical miracle. The scientific battle was powerful… but the story was even more amazing. Equipped with a radical story, Munroe is now quick to ask his audience, "Given all that we know, could there be something bigger going on behind the scenes of the world that we experience everyday?"

Today, Munroe is the author of "The Charlatan" and a sought after speaker at conferences, corporations, and events around the world. Jim's story is widely recognized from its feature with I Am Second. Jim's show, "The MAZE" has also become one of the most efficient tools of Be The Match, the National Bone Marrow Registry’s recruitment vehicle.

Jim resides with his wife and two children just outside Dallas, Texas.

Guest Artist

Riley Elmore

Riley ElmoreRiley resides in West Dundee, IL with his family and is a junior at Dundee-Crown High School. Riley's passion for jazz began when he started playing the trombone at 10 years old. He began singing when he entered high school and currently is a member of the Dundee-Crown Chamber Choir and sings with the Jazz Band. He most recently was a contestant on The Voice and progressed in the competition to a Top 20 Finalist.

Photo Highlights from the Event

View the Prayer Breakfast 2017 photo album

Prayer Breakfast 2017
Courtesy Judson University. Photos by Celeste Torres and Mary Dulabaum.

The D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award

The D.Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award was awarded to Pastor Henoch Fuentes. He has served as a Bible teacher with Judson's Spanish-English Ministry Studies (SEMS) program, leads a street ministry in Chicago and has worked as a volunteer community chaplain with the Elgin Police Department for 20 years.

Nominees for the award included:

Leon and Carol Miller of Elgin, Ill., have managed the weekly Saturday Night Soup Kettle meal at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren for more than 30 years. They have also been responsible for gathering volunteers from the community to cook and serve, and were instrumental in setting up the Soup Kettles at all seven Elgin churches almost 30 years ago.

Tammy Wheatley of Elgin, Ill., is a Sunday School teacher at the Vineyard Church of Elgin, nursery leader and AWANA club instructor. Most recently, she founded The Matthew 25:40 Ministry to assist people who are homeless in Elgin.

Carrie Zaccaria of Elgin, Ill., started Go with the Flow in 2015, after seeing a local news story that examined the plight of women who are homeless. Go with the Flow is dedicated to helping women experiencing homelessness in the Kane County area receive adequate feminine products.


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