Prayer Breakfast set for April 26

Guests of last year's Prayer Breakfast stand for the Pledge of Allegiance 

In coordination with the National Day of Prayer, the 14th annual Rhea County Prayer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at First Baptist Church Dayton.

“We are expecting over 200 people to gather for a full buffet breakfast, prayer for our leaders and an inspirational program,” event organizers said. “This is a unique opportunity for us as a community to gather in God’s name to pray for our community, state and nation — something much needed at this time. We desire to encourage godliness in business and community life and to be an example for those who will follow us in leadership while thanking God for His faithfulness and blessing.”

The breakfast will be followed by a short Day of Prayer program featuring local pastors, special music and keynote speaker Rhea County native Bob Jensen of Franklin Graham Ministries.

Jensen retired from the U.S. Secret Service in 2011. At the time, he was assigned to the Special Operations Division Counter Assault Team in Washington, D.C. As an agent, Jensen was assigned to the Denver and Miami Field Offices and the Presidential Protective Division.

Prior to his career with the Secret Service, he was a police officer in Tennessee for 10 years, working for the Chattanooga Police Department as a patrolman and SWAT sniper after beginning his career at the Spring City Police Department and the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department.

Jensen worked on security and logistics for Franklin Graham during the 2016 Decision America Tour and is an online adjunct criminal justice instructor for Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.

He has a master of science degree in criminal justice from Tiffin University and a bachelor o arts degree in history from Bryan College. He and his wife, Becky Jensen, another Bryan alum, have two grown daughters and three grandchildren. Becky Jensen is a paramedic, medical technologist and works for the Samaritans Purse Disaster Response Team, deployed near Mosul, Iraq.

Tables of six are $50, and tables of eight are $65. Proceeds from this year’s event will support Blazing Hope Ranch, a Christ-focused non-profit providing aftercare for survivors of human trafficking using equine-assisted therapy.

Tickets are available at the door the morning of the event; however, event organizers said that space is limited. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Rhea County Prayer Breakfast Committee at 775-9159.

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