Years ago, I went to Representative Huggings and discussed the need for an Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast and can’t believe this fall will be the 9th Annual one for Irmo!

The idea came from several Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts we have attended in Chapin , Columbia as well as other events. After a few years’ hiatus, I’m glad to see the Chapin event is back! I received this information earlier today and hope you’ll join me there next month!

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to Feature Dr. Tom Phillips of Billy Graham Library

Chapin, SC (March 10 , 2014) Chapin Mayor Skip Wilson is pleased to announce that Dr. Tom Phillips, Vice President of the Billy Graham Library for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be the guest speaker for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 am at Town Hall.

“We are excited to have Dr. Phillips come to Chapin to address our community as we embark on our 14th Annual Community of Character Service Day which occurs on April 12,” said Mayor Wilson. “The theme for our breakfast is For Giving, and we look forward to an inspirational message on how giving of ourselves to help others can make such a difference in our lives and for those around us.”

Phillips has been the vice president of Crusades, executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, North Carolina, and a senior crusade director with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for many years, directing crusades in several cities in the United States and Canada. He has also served as the director of Counseling and Follow-up, working in that capacity in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Mexico, Brazil and the Far East. He has played a key role in the development of current materials and programs.

In addition, Dr. Phillips was president of Horizon College in San Diego, California as well as president and CEO of International Students, Inc., based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1994-2001. He received his Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was formerly a field supervisor for the Doctor of Ministry Program. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mississippi.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be the first in recent years and will include participation by Chapin area ministers as well, including Rev. Jody Flowers of Chapin United Methodist Church, Rev. Dr. Ben Sloan of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr. Mark Scott of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church and Bishop William Woodard, interim pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist. David Clifton who leads the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program for Lexington-Richland School District 5 will also be participating.

Businesses or individuals interested in participating for the Prayer Breakfast may contact Karen Owens at 803.575.8039 or by email at Limited sponsorship opportunities are available.