Community Prayer Breakfast kicks off Monday morning at CHS

Mar 05 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

The 39th annual Community Prayer Breakfast sponsored by Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Clinton Family YMCA will be held March 6-10 at Clinton High School.

Breakfast in the cafeteria will begin at 7:15am and the speaker will be in the main gymnasium at 8am.  

The event will be held at Clinton High School during their flex schedule period of 8 – 8:44 am daily.  Breakfast will be provided to District 56 high school and middle school students at no additional charge while community members will pay $3 daily. The event is open to the public.

Community members are asked to enter Clinton High School through the first lower entrance (Gate 3) on Ring Road.  Park in the parking lot to the right of the CHS Green House.  Enter the cafeteria through the concave area of the school. 

There will be signs and FCA members posted around the school to help community members’ park and enter for the breakfasts.

The slate of speakers includes:

TAYLOR MORTON – Monday, March 6

Morton is the student pastor at Centerville Baptist Church in Centerville, Alabama. Morton travels across the country speaking and sharing his impactful story with thousands each year.

Whether it’s a business, a school, or a church, Taylor’s story is one that encourages, uplifts, and challenges those in the audience.

Coach Nick Saban says “Taylor’s story is one everyone should hear. It shows what perseverance and faith can do when life presents you with the greatest challenges. As you read his book, I know you will appreciate the message. Taylor has taken themes adverse of situations and worked each and every day to be a blessing to other people.”

Taylor is also the founder of Converge Ministries. Converge is a ministry that puts on events that thousands attend every year. Converge also partners with the Trent McDaniel Morton Scholarship Fund that give out thousands of dollars each year to students all over the United States.

In November of 2015, Taylor published his first book, titled “It’s Only Pain: But It’s Real and It Hurts”. The book immediately soared to the top 10 sports biographies on Amazon. Taylor’s heart is to serve people and to encourage them that no matter how tough life gets, they should never, never quit.

MARK LIPPARD – Tuesday, March 7

Mark Lippard is a well-balanced veteran performer. He has entertained and ministered all across the United States, Canada, Jamaica, Japan and Russia. Mark has shared the stage with many top Christian bands from Switchfoot to Thousand Foot Krutch. He has been a guest on ABC's "Good Morning America", TBN's "The Dennis Swanberg Show", the Travel Channel and various other television stations across the country. You may have even seen him in a Newsboys video.

Over the years, Mark has performed for audiences of all ages at churches, retreats, youth events, Vacation Bible School, sports celebrations, family nights, senior adult events and associational and national conventions.

Lippard has also entertained at the PGA Championship, college, NBA & NFL games and won an International Juggler's Association team championship. He has been a full-time entertainer since 1986.

Mark knows that his talents are God-given and strongly desires to share with his audience the love and joy of being a Christian.

REGGIE DABBS - Wednesday, March 8

Born to an unwed teenage who at one time considered abortion as a viable option for solving her “problem,” Reggie Dabbs considers himself fortunate to be alive.  With no place to go, the pregnant teenager ended up living in a chicken coop in Tennessee. 

It was there she remembered a former school teacher, Mrs. Dabbs, who had said to her students, “If you ever need anything, call me,” and gave the students her home phone number. The girl called. Mrs. Dabbs and her husband, whose 6 children were now adults, took the girl into their home and cared for her until after the baby was born.  They continued to care for little Reggie as foster parents until he was in the fourth grade, and then they officially adopted him and gave him he Dabbs name. 

As the Dabbs’ reared Reggie, the instilled in him strong moral values, for which he is genuinely grateful. They also ingrained in him the fact that in every situation he faced, he had a choice. What he did with those choices was entirely up to him. 

In the sixth grade, Reggie began playing the saxophone and hated it.  At the insistence of his parents he continued to practice and to play. Not until his freshman year in college did he actually enjoy the instrument, and today, he plays with fervor and expertise.

After graduating from college, Reggie began his public speaking. When addressing a school assembly, Reggie talks to the kids in a humorous style about choices each of them has when faced with drugs, alcohol, suicide, etc.  Reggie gets in kids faces and tells them that he never smoked a cigarette, never did drugs, and never drank alcohol, because he chose not to. He assures them that they can make the same kinds of choices. 

From being a “Problem” to an unwed teenager, Reggie is fast becoming one of the most in-demand speakers who helps teenagers meet their problems head-on and overcome them.  Most of all, Reggie drives home the fact that “You can never change your past, but you can change your future.”

Dr. D J HORTON - Thursday, March 9

D.J. Horton (pictured) has always been connected to communities through schools and athletics.  A former member of the Auburn University Football team, he served as FCA president while in college.  Originally pursuing a college coaching career he worked on Tommy Tuberville’s staff at Auburn before discerning a definite call to ministry. 

Since graduating from seminary he has spent the past 13 years as pastor of The Anderson Mill Road Baptist Church (The Mill) in Spartanburg, one of the fastest growing churches in South Carolina.  He believes leadership is the most pressing need of our day and his track record shows that he is a leader. 

In 2013 he was elected as one of the youngest pastors to ever serve as president of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He loves to learn and has continued to study by earning a doctorate degree in preaching. Because he loves athletes and coaches, he currently works with the football program of Oakbrook Prep in Spartanburg. 

He enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors hunting or playing golf.  With Christ being his first love, the greatest joys of his life are his wife Laurel and their five children, Ty, Micah, Lily, Grey, and Rhett.

GERALD FADAYOMI - Friday, March 10

Gerald Fadayomi is a part of the InsideOut team at Browns Bridge Church, a North Point Ministries church in Cumming, Georgia. As a Groups Director, Gerald is responsible for recruiting, developing, and supporting small group leaders.

He is extremely passionate about leading others to know the Author of their stories, and engaging people in the truth of God’s word. As a result, he loves communicating to people of all age groups, from students at InsideOut or weekend retreats, to church leaders at The Orange Conference.

Prior to joining theteam at Browns Bridge, Gerald worked for the Metro Atlanta YMCA for 3 years, intentionally pouring into students around Atlanta through service learning and leadership development.

Gerald loves getting to support and encourage students, so if you are looking for him you can find him hanging out at local high school FCA, or in the student section of a Friday night football game.

In his free time Gerald will always jump at the chance to be with friends, no matter if they’re gathered around the dinner table, playing games, or hopping in the car for a spur of the moment road trip. Outside of all of that Gerald is a connoisseur of Cookout Milkshakes and a diehard Nike supporter.


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