Judson Community Prayer Breakfast | Judson University Christian College
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Registration for tickets is now open.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 7:30 A.M. to 9 A.M.

This year, Judson University will celebrate the annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Join hundreds of community, service and business leaders as they gather together. At the event, Judson will recognize the contributions of one service leader from the community with the D. Ray Wilson Volunteer Service Award. Judson will also recognize a high school youth with the new Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Award. This networking and community event will offer you the opportunity to be seen as a community leader and supporter of higher education. Join us for an unforgettable morning of faith, fellowship, food and fun.



Author, Speaker, Singer | 3-Time Grammy and Dove Nominee

Michele Pillar

Author, speaker and singer Michele Pillar has a testimony that everyone should hear. Her journey of courage began early in life as a child who grew up in a home where alcohol addiction was prevalent.Yet, hers is a story of survival, fortitude and opportunities, too. 

Pillar, a three-time Grammy and Dove Award nominee, began her career as a contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter. She spent years performing beloved songs on the Maranatha! Music Praise album series and went on to record four successful solo albums that were played on radio stations nationwide for over two decades. 

Pillar added Keynote speaking to her singing performances in 2009 and authored her first book in 2016: “Untangled: The Truth Will Set You Free.” She’s the inspirational voice of the “Two Minute Miracle” video Bible devotional on Facebook. She gladly shares her stories of trials and triumph with others, all the while encouraging them to be their best selves. Watch for news of the 2019 speaker!



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 Volunteer 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 Nomination page.



The Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award honors Beatrice Joy (Daffer) Wilson, wife of the former Judson Trustee D. Ray Wilson. Mrs. Bea Wilson, who passed away in March 2017, was a community champion of hope, service and hospitality. Through this award, Judson will extend a scholarship to a deserving high school student (freshman through junior) for their service to the community. The Youth Volunteer Service Award will recognize freshmen through juniors in high school for voluntarily performing community work that serves others’ physically, emotionally, intellectually or spiritually. The winner will also receive a $3,000 scholarship annually to attend Judson University. 

Nominate youth by using the Bea Wilson Youth Volunteer Service Award nomination page. 

Sponsor a Table

Table Sponsorship -- $500*
Sponsor Table 2017Organizations and businesses wishing to sponsor a table will host a table for eight guests during the breakfast. Sponsors will be recognized in the program and displayed on table signs. Please provide a high quality logo with your order.

To sponsor a table, please Download the Print Sponsorship Flyer for details.

*A portion of your ticket is a donation to the Judson Annual Fund. This fund supports student scholarships, strengthens student development and spiritual growth, upholds excellence in education and maintains classrooms.

Questions? Call 847-628-2076

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