September 6, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This Solemn Prayer Assembly summons God’s people to Michigan’s Capitol Steps in Lansing on Sat. Sept. 6 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. to pray for grace & guidance:
- To Heal our land
- To Uphold the sanctity of human life and vanquish the culture of death
- To Restore marriage, God’s 1st institution, and its gifts of family life and civilization, which marriage bears forth to humanity for all time
- To Safeguard and protect vulnerable humanity—most especially our little ones from conception to adult life
- To Restore Religious Freedom under God and end the persecution of human beings because of their faith
Join concerned Michigan citizens to pray for God’s grace, counsel, and blessings for Life, Marriage & Family, and Religious Freedom—heart & soul of America.
Ask each of Michigan’s many thousands of congregations to hold a Solemn Prayer Assembly to gather locally and unite your community in prayer and solidarity with this Capitol Steps Solemn Prayer Assembly.
Distinguished Michigan leaders and prayer assembly speakers gathering on the Capitol Steps include Bishop Earl Boyea of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, Rev. Paul Clark (Lutherans for Life), Pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler, MI, Elder Dr. Levon Yuille, Pastor of Bible Church in Ypsilanti & Joshua’s Trail at WDTK 1400 Radio, Minister Stacy Swimp of Revive Alive Missional Ministry, Pastor Austin T. Kreutz of Allegan Pastor of The Path, Gina Johnsen of Michigan Capitol House of Prayer, Sen. Tupac Hunter of Senate District 5, Fulton Sheen of Isaiah 58:12, Dr. Michael T. Ross, MD of Defending Our Fathers House, and many others.
LISTEN to this Run To Win interview of Minister Stacy Swimp from The Darryl Wood Show on Faith Talk 1500 Detroit.
LISTEN to Thayrone Hughes On the Edge interview with
Dr. Michael Ross on WAAM AM 1600 Ann Harbor.
LISTEN to Bible Talk Pastor Emery Moss interview of Minister Stacy Swimp on Faith Talk 1500 Detroit.
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Map to the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing:
Solemn Prayer Speakers
Most Reverend Bishop Earl Alfred Boyea, Jr
The Most Reverend Bishop Earl Alfred Boyea Jr. was born in Pontiac, MI, the eldest of ten children of Earl and Helen Boyea, Sr. Raised in Waterford, Bishop Boyea attended Our Lady of the Lakes Church and its’ parochial school as a child. He studied at the beautiful Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, initially as a high school student, and then obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in History there in 1973. Bishop Boyea travelled to Rome to pursue further education at the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sacred Theology in 1976.
Prior to his ordination in May of 1978, Bishop Boyea served as a deacon at St. Benedict Church in Pontiac, and then served as Associate Pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Monroe. Returning to Rome in 1979, Bishop Boyea completed his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in Rome in 1980. Coming back to the Detroit area, Bishop Boyea served as Associate Pastor of St. Timothy Parish in Trenton until 1984, when he completed his a Masters in American History. He earned his PhD in Church History from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1987.
His service to God and the community has taken Bishop Boyea all around Metro Detroit from Monroe, to Lake Orion, to Novi, to Auburn Hills, to Gaylord, and back to Detroit where he taught church history and scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and became Dean of Studies in 1990. In subsequent years, his teaching and pastoral responsibilities would take him to Ohio as rector-president and professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbusand back to Detroit in July of 2002 when His Holiness Pope John Paul II appointed him appointed auxiliary bishop of Detroit and titular bishop of Siccenna.Bishop Boyea received his Episcopal Consecration the following year from Cardinal Adam Maida and in 2008 Pope Benedict XVI named him the Fifth Bishop of Lansing where he remains the great spiritual leader of over 222,500 Catholic faithful in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing.
Elder Dr. Levon Yuille
Elder Dr. Levon Yuille has been the Pastor of The Bible Church in Ypsilanti, MI for over thirty years as well as being a community activist for Godly principles during all those years. Pastor Yuille is one of the founding members of the Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor and vicinity Ministerial Alliance, where he was the President for six years. This alliance consisted of forty-four inter-denominational churches in Washtenaw County. He is the Chairman of the grassroots drug prevention Agency called Parent’s Together where under his leadership the budget grew from $20,000 to $300,000, Chairman of the Neighborhood Health Clinic, member of Leaders in Prevention (a group chaired by the late Millie Schembechler, the wife of Bo Schembechler, the former coach of the University of Michigan football team), and Chairman of the Hope Clinic Pastoral Advisory Board, which serves Washtenaw with free medical, dental and other related health and social service needs.
As the National Director of the National Black Pro-Life Congress, Pastor Yuille has spoken for over ten years around the country and in Africa on behalf of the precious unborn child. Pastor Yuille along with his best friend and lovely wife, Mrs. Sally Yuille, were both recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Right to Life of Michigan organization. Pastor Yuille received his initial ministerial training at the Avery Church and Bible School of Chicago, Illinois. In 2005, the Mid-Atlantic Conference Board Scholars conferred an honorary Doctorate of Divinity upon Pastor Yuille.
For the past ten years, Pastor Yuille has hosted the very popular talk radio show Joshua’s Trail heard every Saturday morning from 8 am to 10 am on 1400 AM, 92.7 FM and live-streamed at WDTKam.com where he and the men of The Abolitionists Roundtable bring a refreshingly conservative perspective to discourse in the black community as well as throughout the entire southeastern Michigan community.
Reverend Paul M. Clark
Reverend Paul M. Clark has been very active in pro-life ministries, being a regular speaker for Right to Life of Michigan for several years. Reverend Clark has served on Right to Life committees that were formed to address various ballot issues as assisted suicide and embryonic stem cell research. So God has called him to be a Reverend and an activist for his faith. Reverend Clark has also served on the Board of Directors of Lutherans for Life of Michigan as pastoral counselor and has written essays for their publication, Lifelines.
Born in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Reverend Clark has lived most of his life in Michigan. He graduated from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. He then attended Concordia Theological Seminary at Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he earned his Master of Divinity degree in preparation for the Office of Ministry. After graduating from the seminary in 1988, he received the Divine Call to be the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fowler, Michigan, where he continues to serve.
Pastor Austin T. Kreutz
Pastor Austin T. Kreutz has been teaching life applications from God’s word for more than thirty-five years. As an ordained minister, he has pastored churches in Michigan and New York, and he teaches internationally. Pastor Kreutz speaks at conferences, college campuses, and debates regarding diverse topics and Christian perspectives. He is richly gifted with an ability to discuss complex subjects in a way everyone can understand. By providing thoughtful insight and guidance on everyday life issues through biblical solutions, he brings scriptural light and clarity to life’s daunting complexities. A graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, Pastor Kreutz is past director of the Albany Area Biblical Counseling Center. Pastor Kreutz currently resides Allegan, Michigan where he serves as Pastor of The Path of Allegan. A key mission of his gospel work is to bring a relational foundation of love to the community. Pastor Kreutz has a special interest in pastor, theologian, and heroic critic of Hitler and Nazism, Rev. Dietrich Bonhoffer, who died a martyr because of his overt opposition to the German dictatorship.
Minister Stacy Swimp
Meet Minister Stacy Swimp. Founder of the Michigan based Revive Alive Missional Ministry. Revive Alive’s singular focus is to promote the Good News-which is the Redemptive work of God in Jesus Christ.
In addition to his role as Founder and Spokesman for Revive Alive Ministry, Stacy is Spokesperson for the National Black Christian Coalition on Family Values, which represents over 33,000 Churches and 3.2 Million mostly Christians across the nation. The Coalition is represented by the Thomas More Law Center, as they fight for Marriage Protection in America’s Federal Courts and promote our nation’s Judeo-Christian values.
Stacy recently led a group of over 200 Black pastors and Christian leaders from Outstate Michigan – also represented by the Thomas More Law Center- into the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, where he filed an Amicus brief in support of Michigan’s 2004 Voter Approved Marriage Protection Amendment.
Stacy is also Spokesperson for the Project 21 black leadership network. Project 21 is an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research.
Stacy is a recipient of the 2009 Henry Marsh Award for Public Policy and Political Leadership, a 2010 recipient of the “Frederick Douglass Award, given by the Women’s Progressive Club of Saginaw, MI, an affiliate of The National Organization of Colored Women and Youth Affiliates. Stacy was honored for his work with youth in inner city youth. Stacy is also a 2013 Recipient of Union Conservatives “Workplace Freedom Award”, for his tireless work in helping to make Michigan the nation’s 24th Right to Work State.
Stacy is a 2009 graduate of Gordon Conwell Seminary’s “Effective Models of Juvenile Re-Entry”, provided by Straight Ahead Ministries of Lynn, MA.
Stacy Swimp is a frequent national public speaker on traditional marriage, Personhood (Pro Life), limited government, immigration, civil rights, the promotion of right-to-work policies, and numerous other public policies. A video posted in 2013 of Swimp defending gun rights at a Washington, D.C. press conference went viral, earning over 400,000 views on multiple web sites.
In 2014 alone, Swimp has been interviewed or cited by the news media over 600 times.
Pastor Danny Holliday, Special Guest from Illinois
Danny Holliday is Founder and Pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Alton, Illinois, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Holliday has served in Ministry for 39 years and is beneficiary of study and training with Pastors from different denominational backgrounds including Bishop Jessie Williams of the True Church House of Prayer to All Nations of Chicago, and Thomas P. Wright of St. John Baptist Church Alton, Illinois.
Holliday served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps in combat, as a Naval Hospital Corpsman. He received a Marine Corps Commendation for his work in the Battalion Hospital at Hue Phu Bai.
In Illinois, Pastor Holliday has worked with Chicago Area Pastors and Pastors from southern Illinois attempting to halt legislation detrimental to the well being of children and families throughout the nation. That legislation was the SB10 Same Sex Marriage bill.
Holliday was honored to speak in the Illinois House of Representatives Executive Session on the subject of same-sex Marriage. He also spoke in the Illinois State Rotunda on The Illinois Family Institute Lobby Day, and he was one of the featured speakers in the T.V. News coverage.
Pastor Holliday is concerned that many Americans are losing their 1st Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion. Holliday believes that people from all backgrounds and religious beliefs should work together to improve America.
Pastor Holliday and many other leaders are concerned that our Government is no longer based on “We the people.” We must unite, white, black, Protestants, Catholics, Muslims, Jewish—all Americans to make this Nation the Great Republic it was founded to become.
Janice L. Daniels
Janice Daniels was born the fourth child in a family of seven children in Detroit, MI. As a classic middle child Janice learned early on to examine issues from “both sides” and with a natural love of learning, Janice spent hours at the local library reading classic works where she gained a deep love of the eternal things of truth, courage, adventure and mystery. Janice became a Realtor® in 1989 and earned her designation as an Associate-Broker for Century 21 Town and Country in Troy, MI where she worked until 2012. After her youngest son graduated from Troy High School in 2010, Janice became more active politically and spiritually, having known of Jesus Christ all her life but only coming to know Jesus Christ in a personal and spiritually intimate way in the past four years. Janice is the host of The Ladies of the Roundtable radio talk show, heard on a substitute basis on Joshua’s Trail, Pastor Yuille’s regular program. She also serves as a regular substitute radio host for Ann Arbor-based ART of Michigan hosted by Del Marsh and Phil Stargell on WAAMradio.com.
Born to two wonderful parents, William and Marie Schwan and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Gina Johnsen is a graduate of Our Savior Lutheran Elementary School and of Lansing Eastern High School. Gina attended Wellesley College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Economics. Her employment experience ranges from research for Fidelity Investments (Boston) and international administration for Conoco Oil (Houston), to her current position as Account Manager for Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc (Lansing). Gina currently serves as the Michigan Capital House of Prayer (MICHOP) Director. Gina has served as a task force member for the National Day of Prayer, which provided leadership for several National Day of Prayer celebrations at our state Capitol. As a musician, she has been active in worship ministry over the past 25 years, and in various denominational settings. She currently directs a Christian outreach band and leads worship and prayer events at MICHOP. Gina is active at global and local levels through non-profit Salt and Light Global, which specializes in preserving liberty and educating the culture on truth and justice. She attends church at First Assembly of Greater Lansing in East Lansing, Michigan.
Cynthia Khan was born and raised in Pakistan and has lived in four countries in a variety of settings and cultures. She now resides in Troy, Michigan where she serves as the Director of Cross Cultural Ministries. She is a member of the Lutheran Women Missionary League. Cynthia’s rich background with people from around the world, including those of the various Eastern religions, including Islam and Hinduism, and her experience of rapidly moving from one culture to another have helped to nurture novel ideas for outreach, which profoundly affects the world view of her audiences. Her unique life and broad knowledge and life experience have made her a charismatic and compelling speaker at many conferences. She has conducted numerous workshops internationally.
Ms. Khan works with various university and college youth groups and is founder and President of Yahweh TV. A tireless and compassionate leader, Cynthia Khan has pledged her life to introducing people from around the world to the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ellis Washington is former Staff Editor of the Michigan Law Review (1989) and Law Clerk at Sixty-Plus Elder Law Clinic (1991) and The Rutherford Institute (1992). Currently Adjunct Professor at the National Paralegal College, Ellis Washington teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, Administrative Law, Contracts, advanced Legal Research and Writing. A founding board member of Salt and Light Global, LLC, Ellis Washington co-hosts Pastor Levon Yuille’s popular Joshuas Trail, a Christian conservative morning talk radio program heard every Saturday from 8 am to 10 am on www.wdtkam.com at 1400 am. A graduate of DePauw University (1983), University of Michigan (1986) and John Marshall Law School (1994), Ellis did post-graduate studies in History and Law at Harvard GSAS, Harvard Law School, and at Michigan State University. Please visit his political blog www.EllisWashingtonReport.com, an essential repository dedicated to educating the next generation of young conservative intellectuals to understand and venerate Natural Law – the original philosophy and jurisprudence of America’s constitutional Framers.
Senator Tupac A. Hunter
State Senator Tupac Hunter offers strong leadership for Michigan, especially for citizens of Michigan’s 5th District, which he now serves as second term Senator for northwest Detroit, Dearborn Heights, and Inkster. Prior to his election to the Michigan Senate, he served in the Michigan House of Representatives (2003-2006).
Senator Tupac Hunter is an unashamed born again Christian who has said that his personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God informs and guides his politics.
In December of 2012, Senator Hunter stood before his peers in the Michigan legislature and read from the Bible declaring unwavering support for landmark Pro Life Bill HB 5711, which dramatically improved healthcare and safety for women presenting to abortion clinics in Michigan. House Bill 5711 required regulation of abortion clinics as surgical facilities, a protocol to screen pregnant women for coercion prior to abortion, new liability insurance requirements for abortion providers, and new restrictions on the disposal of fetal remains, major achievements for life in Michigan, both for mother and for child.
This bill also required the physical presence of a physician for medical abortion barring the use of “telemedicine” doctors—a particularly important regulation, in light of the fact 82 percent of Michigan counties have no abortion provider, and many women in rural areas rely on unsafe abortion practices. Senator Hunter’s leadership substantively contributed to passage into Michigan compiled law of this landmark pro-life and women’s healthcare bill. This major victory shined a bright light of hope offering strong legislative witness for other states to follow.
Senator Hunter is also a faithful advocate of the Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman. His fine example radiates the living Word of God: “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice.” Senator Hunter is indeed a sincere joy to those who value America’s Judeo-Christian values and authentic statesmen who elevate principle over political ideology and party interests.
Fulton is a graduate of Western Michigan University. From 1989 to 2012, Fulton owned and operated Sheen Financial with his wife Cheryl. Fulton was elected Treasurer in Allegan County, Michiganin 1996 and again in 2000, where he managed the county’s fifty-five million dollar portfolio. From 2002 to 2008, Fulton served three terms in the legislature as Michigan’s 88th District State Representative. While in the legislature Fulton served on the following committees: Insurance and Financial Services, Government Operations, Regulatory, Children & Family Services and Tax Policy which he chaired.
In 2006, Fulton formed Isaiah 58:12, a non-profit 501(c) (3) disaster relief organization. Fulton is a FEMA certified Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and trainer, and has been teaching the Citizen Corps CERT trainings since 2009. Fulton and Isaiah 58:12 trained over 1500 new CERT volunteers to assist first responders in search and rescue, triage & first-aid, terrorist mitigation and other aspects of disaster relief.
Currently Fulton serves as President and CEO of Merging Streams Trust Burundi (MSTB) and Merging Streams Belize Limited (MSBL). Merging Streams Trust Burundi is a foreign trust company. Merging Streams Belize Limited provides data processing and management services to trusts and financial institutions.
Fulton serves on a number of boards including, the MI National Federation of Independent Business Leadership Council, Michigan Citizen Corp and Transformation Michigan. Fulton also speaks across the nation on economic and financial issues, Sovereign Debt Crisis, world markets, taxation, alternative financial structures and disaster relief and preparation.
President of the American Family Association of Michigan since 1999, Gary Glenn is also one of two co-authors of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004, including 61 percent of the vote in the 98th House District. In 2010, Gary was honored during a banquet on the campus of Notre Dame University as “Citizen of the Year” by Citizens for Community Value for his leadership on issues affecting marriage and family life.
For his defense of traditional family values as an elected official, Gary was named a “Hometown Hero” by Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine and “Statesman of the Year” by a state affiliate of Focus.
Twice elected county commissioner, Gary completed two terms in the early 1990’s. He is the only veteran running for the state House seat representing Bay and Midland counties. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves during the Persian Gulf War buildup in 1990 and served eight years in the Reserves and Army National Guard, including with Midland’s 1460th Transportation Company. He is a member of Midland’s American Legion Post 165 and chairman of the state affiliate of Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, a small non-profit military memorial and readiness organization.
Gary and his wife Annette live in Larkin Township and this year celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. They have five children who have earned degrees from Midland High, Bay City Western, and Delta College. Their youngest son is a sophomore at Calvary Baptist Academy. They also have three grandchildren.
Dr. Michael T. Ross
Dr. Michael T. Ross has practiced medicine for over three decades in urban and suburban emergency departments in New York and Michigan since graduation from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine in 1981. Born and reared in the Bronx, Dr. Ross has lived and worked in New York City’s Manhattan and Queens Boroughs. He traded his Bronx hometown for Motown to train in emergency medicine at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Wayne State University during the early 1980s.
As his medical career unfolded, Dr. Ross’ interest has steadily deepened in broken family life and its relationship to illness, trauma and healthcare, and especially suffering children, hurting families and blighted communities. In the past decade, Dr. Ross has served on several non-profit boards committed to finding solutions for the steep plummet of marriage and family life in Michigan, the crucible of collapse for America and Judeo-Christian civilization.
Dr. Ross envisions a Metro Detroit Miracle arising from a renaissance in marriage and family life in Detroit and southeastern Michigan spurred by cooperation and collaboration amongst clergy and lay leaders of faith.
Married and father to a daughter and two sons, Dr. Ross has lived with his family in Troy, Michigan since 1987.