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Criswell hosts day of prayer with local leaders

Kendall Lyons |May 14, 2021

Criswell College hosted church and community leaders for a May 6th National Day of Prayer breakfast as we prayed for our nation.

The event provided an opportunity for those present to pray for one another, the seven influences in our nation, and the college.

Rev. Mike Satterfield offered a prayer for our government. Criswell professor Dr. Jeff Campbell prayed for our military. The media was prayed over by Criswell board member Derek Stumfall. Dallas businesses were mentioned in prayer by local business owner Craig Rekerdres. Pastor David Galvan, another board member, lifted up the Church in prayer. Criswell Women’s Club president Margie Nantz voiced a prayer for family. Former Criswell professor Dr. Elizabeth Collins prayed for our educational system.  A special prayer for the college and our students was offered by alumnus Shane Pruitt. Current Criswell student Chae Humphry provided music.

Dr. Elizabeth Collins said that prayer was essential for the college and that Dr. W.A. Criswell would be happy with the accomplishments made thus far.

“I love Criswell College, and for many years I taught here, and I have an interest in it. I knew Dr. Criswell personally, and he would’ve been so pleased to see a school that bears his name do so well,” Dr. Collins said.

Vice President of Advancement, Dr. Joe Wooddell, said prayer was not only essential but a command in which we should readily take part.

“National Day of Prayer is important because in 1 Timothy 2, we are commanded to pray for kings and all in authority. And in the United States, ultimately, the people are the authority. We are praying for the government, media, business, education, all of these areas because they are comprised of people. And people end up being the ultimate authority in this great nation,” Wooddell said.

Gen Z speaker and evangelist Shane Pruitt said prayer is the fuel for anything Christians hope to accomplish.

“Anything we want to see happen in our country, prayer is the fuel for that,” Pruitt said. “Prayer moves the heart of people, and prayer moves the heart of God. My mentor used to say this all the time, ‘You should never talk to people about God until you talk to God about people.’”

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.