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.



Dynamic and Global Leader

Larry Drake

Dr. Larry Drake currently serves as the president and CEO of LEAD, an organization focused on developing equal learning access models. Previously, he served for 21 years with The Coca-Cola Company, where he held several key positions and was responsible for franchising operations and financial performance in Western Africa. His role included political engagement, public policy and advocacy across 15 diverse countries while working globally with franchise ownership partners across Africa, Greece, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

Dr. Drake is currently chair of HOPE 360 Inc., an executive development consultancy. He has also served as interim president/CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, president of Haven Media Group and VP/GM of the KFC Division, formerly owned by PepsiCo. In addition to his numerous executive roles, he has served on various boards. He currently serves on Judson University’s Board of Trustees.

As the first in his family to earn a college degree, Dr. Drake began at Fisk University and graduated from Georgia State University in 1977. He went on to earn an MBA from Rockhurst University in 1990, where he was an Executive Fellow. In 2013, he was awarded an MA in Psychology from APA-accredited Fielding Graduate University and earned a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis in media psychology in 2015. He also holds certifications from the prestigious International Coaching Federation and is a member of Forbes Magazine's Coaches Council. With a sustained commitment to learning access and mentoring, Dr. Drake continues to support National Black MBA Association, United Negro College Fund, National Alumnae Associations of Georgia State University and Rockhurst University, a life member of the General Alumni Fund for Fisk University, and a "Life Member" of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.



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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