Permission To Start Dreaming
Annual Prayer Breakfast
September 11th, 2020
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, Gig Harbor, WA
“The historical narrative of 9/11 will be forever woven into the canvas of our lives”.
Nineteen years later, we remain humbled by those first responders and soldiers who courageously responded. It is with that sentiment we are privileged to present our Gift to the Community – the 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast on September 11, 2020 at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor, WA.
We are excited to announce our speakers for this morning of hope, inspiration, and courage. Chris Fields, Jason Redman, Vann Morris, and Mike Blair. Guest musical artists, Andy Shofner – lead singer for the Santa Poco Band and Robert Watson, native of So Cal, accomplished musician composer for film and tv, pipe organist at Glenkirk Presbyterian in California.
We invite every member of the community to join us in September. Soon you will be able to reserve your spot! Mark your calendars, announcement to follow soon!
Jason Redman | Retired Navy SEAL
Jason Redman joined the Navy on September 11, 1992 and spent eleven years as an enlisted SEAL. He was selected for the Seaman to Admiral commissioning program and attended Old Dominion University graduating Summa Cum Laude in May 2004. He completed his time with the Hampton Roads Naval ROTC as Student Battalion Commanding Officer before he was commissioned as a SEAL Officer. Over the next four years, Lieutenant Redman completed combat deployments in both Afghanistan and Iraq. On September 13, 2007, outside of Fallujah, Iraq, Lieutenant Redman’s Assault Team came under heavy machine gun and small arms fire and he was severely wounded in the ensuing firefight. While recovering at Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Redman authored and hung a bright orange sign on his door, which became known as the Sign on the Door and became a statement and symbol for wounded warriors everywhere.
Retired Navy SEAL Jason Redman is the New York Times Bestselling author of the Trident, capturing a 21-year career and journey in leadership serving with the US Navy SEAL Teams. He has taken those lessons learned and is now sharing his motivational message with companies, teams, churches, and individuals across the globe through motivational speaking, workshops, personal coaching, and business consulting.
Chris Fields | Retired First Responder
Chris Fields is a former member of the Oklahoma City Fire Department, Chris joined the fire department July 12, 1985 promoting through the ranks and retiring as a Major March 1, 2017 serving the citizens of Oklahoma City for 31yrs and 7 months. Chris was captured in a photo that became an iconic symbol of the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995 when he was cradling the body of 1yr old Baylee Almon. Chris is now dedicating his life, and travels to speak to other 1st responders, he discusses the brutal realities of a life spent responding to citizens in their darkest hours. Chris tells the story of his life, his 31yrs of public service, and how that day in 1995 all combined to take a toll on his life and his family, he suffered in silence for many years. Now he shares how with God, Faith, and Family he took control and his journey out of the suffering in hopes of helping others avoid the failure, the pitfalls, and to reach out.
“I was shocked when I reached out, how many people were reaching back, I want 1st responders to know its ok, not be ok sometimes. It’s all about changing the narrative of reaching out for help. As heroic a calling as our profession seems to many, to me it’s just as heroic if not more to speak up, reach out. Be a hero to yourself and your family.”
OUT OF CHAOS COMES ORDER AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW
Vann Morris | Combat Veteran
Vann Morris is a combat veteran turned motivational speaker & narrator. Born to inspire! He has visited 45 countries and has made hundreds of speeches in 20 years.
Evangelo (nicknamed Vann) communicates with heart wrenching power and influence. His Orator skills includes voice overlays, motivational speeches, inspirational storytelling, narrations, seminar dialogues, and stage acting.
Vann has spoken at the following venues: the Pentagon, non-profit orgs, aircraft carrier strike groups, corporate conventions, U.S. Special Operations Command and Central Command, college universities, community fund raisers, and funerals. No matter the occasion, he loves nothing more than encouraging and inspiring people.
Mike Blair | Chief of Staff, Pierce County Sheriff's Department
Mike Blair has been in law enforcement for over twenty five years, having started as a Deputy Sheriff with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in March of 1995. He has held a variety of patrol and instructor positions within the Sheriff’s Department as well as supervisory responsibilities and leadership roles. Mike Blair served as the Chief of Police in University Place for seven years before taking the position as Chief of Staff for Sheriff Paul Pastor.
Mike’s passion for officer Wellness and Resiliency grew out of tragedy. Pierce County law enforcement agencies lost ten officers to line of duty deaths in the last decade. Mike was asked to take over the Pierce County Sheriff Peer Support Team on the heels of the murder of Deputy Sheriff in late 2009. The Peer Support Team has been enhanced and multi-facets were included such as a Hospital Response Team, Guild Benevolent Fund and a relationship with psychologists.
Mike serves in various capacities with Behind the Badge Foundation which is an Incident Management Team specific to line of duty deaths. He has represented multiple families as their liaison during the funeral process and the rebuild of life afterwards. He teaches for leadership courses as well as wellness and resiliency techniques for Performance Leadership Institute.
Guest Musical Artists
Andy had grown up on George Strait and classic country gold. He made a name for himself burning down honky tonks and venues all across the south Puget Sound area in his band Colt and the Peacemakers for many years.
Robert Watson - Musician & Professional Organist
Native of Southern California, accomplished musician, composer for film and TV, pipe organist at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, CA.
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