By Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Perry, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry RegimentJanuary 27, 2011
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Tom Mullins, founder of Christ Fellowship in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., will be the guest speaker for the Fort Jackson observance of the National Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for 7 to 8:30 a.m., Feb. 4, at the NCO Club.
Mullins is a pastor, master leadership coach, international speaker and author of multiple books on leadership, resiliency and confidence training.
This year's theme will be "The Battle Within" with the key scripture verse of Judges 6:14.
Mullins said he will relate how the three greatest mentors in his life: his grandfather, John Maxwell (pastor, leadership expert, speaker and author) and Bill Bright (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ), influenced his life and ministry.
The National Prayer Breakfast dates back to 1942 (during World War II) when a group of senators and representatives began meeting for spiritual support. With the war raging overseas and the great demands on their roles in governing during the war, this group of leaders met prayerfully seeking much needed personal and spiritual support for each other.
Later in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower established a Presidential Prayer Breakfast, with the specific goal of seeking divine guidance which nationally enhanced and promoted a united dependence upon God.
In 1970, the event's name was changed to the National Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast takes place now annually in Washington the first Thursday of February. Many military installations continue to annually host their own National Prayer Breakfasts to support the national emphasis.