62nd Annual Santa Barbara Community Prayer Breakfast, a sold-out event | Business


Posted on October 1, 2021
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John Davies, left, and Dean Wilson.

At the first public event hosted by the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort since March 2020, some 350 community and business leaders attended the 62nd annual Santa Barbara Community Prayer Breakfast on September 30. The sold-out event featured keynote speaker John Davies, CEO of Davies Public Affairs.

The Prayer Breakfast, presented by the Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC), was skipped last year due to the pandemic, but had its most successful morning with 35 sponsored tables, run by the Armand Hammer Foundation , Master’s University Seminary, Family Baptist Carpinteria Church, and John and Nina Davies.

Musician Debbie Denke provided the piano music. Dean Wilson of the Turner Foundation and Good Life TV delivered the invoking prayer for the community and the nation, while Santa Barbara Police Chaplain Mike McGrew delivered the closing prayer. Tom Reed of Unity Shoppe Inc. served as the emcee.

The event also paid tribute to longtime community leader and former city mayor, Hal Conklin.

Reed Spangler and Andrew Tricerri were the co-chairs of the event, both from MacFarlane, Faletti & Co. LLP. They recalled just a few months ago when the committee considered skipping the event again this year.

“We looked everyone in the eye and decided now, perhaps more than ever, that it was time to come together as a community for intentional prayer,” said Spangler. “We had to persevere despite many unknowns and trust God with the plans. We were all encouraged when several sponsors, like Jordano’s, immediately responded to our first email announcement pledging to support the Prayer Breakfast.

Another first this year, Spangler joined Davies on the TV show The Good Life, interviewed by Dean Wilson, which airs on local TVSB channels until morning. The continuing segment is available online here.

During Davies’ opening address, he answered the question Why We Pray, sharing his personal experience, biblical promises, and ideas on communicating with the Triune God – Father, Son, Spirit.

The event began to serve Santa Barbara in 1959 by modeling the National Prayer Breakfast, formerly known as the Presidential Prayer Breakfast, in which all US Presidents since Dwight D. Eisenhower have participated, and which often featured the Reverend Billy Graham.

The Christian Business Men’s Connection is an association of Christian business leaders and professionals in 100 countries who share a passion to impact the global marketplace through prayer, evangelism, discipleship and leadership development. Learn more by contacting CBMC-Santa Barbara Chapter Director Phil Gulley at [email protected] or 805-569-2607.

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