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Israel, Jerusalem – Chris Mitchell

By Global Local Chapter Directors

When the world’s attention turns its attention to the explosive Middle East, CBN viewers have come to appreciate Chris Mitchell’s timely reports in this region of the world.  Mitchell brings a Biblical and prophetic perspective to the daily news events that shape our world.

Mitchell established the CBN News Middle East Bureau in August 2000.  Since then, he’s covered the major events in the region including the Second Intifada, the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Arab Spring of 2011 and the rise of ISIS in 2014.  He reported from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the front lines of the battle with ISIS and told the story of the persecuted Christians from the Middle East.

Mitchell also serves as Executive Director of “Jerusalem Dateline,” a weekly program covering the Middle East.  In 2015, the National Religious Broadcasters presented “Jerusalem Dateline” the Most Creative Programming award.  Mitchell is also the author of Dateline Jerusalem: An Eyewitness Account of Prophecies Unfolding in the Middle East and Destination Jerusalem: ISIS, Convert or Die, Christian Persecution and Preparing for the Days Ahead.  He is currently writing a third book about the continuing developments in the region. 

Mitchell graduated from the University of New Hampshire and earned a M.A. in Communication from Regent University.  After almost a quarter of a century with CBN News, Chris’s goal is to provide in his stories the Biblical “understanding of the times” described in I Chronicles 12:32.

A Bright Light for the Gospel: Hollywood Prayer Network Celebrates 20 Years of Uplifting Christian Entertainers

By News & Articles

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As one of the longest-running ministries for the entertainment industry, the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) just passed a huge milestone, celebrating its 20th birthday.

On Saturday, Aug. 14, more than 400 people attended their live gala hosted at First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, California.

The head of the ministry is founder Karen Covell, who is a film producer by trade. Covell moved to Los Angeles to pursue her education at the University of Southern California for film production and married her husband who is a music producer for motion pictures. They immediately realized how hard it was for people of faith to work in the entertainment industry and they needed prayer.

They found a small group of Christians and began to pray together. It made a huge difference in her life but Covell still felt unsettled.

“It’s good that we pray for ourselves. But what Christians don’t have who work in the media and arts and entertainment industry is churches and other Christians who will pray for them,” she said. “I realized there was a love-hate relationship between churches and the arts and entertainment. But if you pray for somebody, you can’t hate them! So I got the church to pray for Hollywood and it has been the bridge to relationship.”

When asked what she has seen in the past 20 years in Hollywood, Covell remarked, “In the last 20 years, I am most excited about three different things that fill my heart. Christians are forming a beautiful community in Hollywood. We have 15 active ministries here. We have so many churches that industry professionals are going to. We have small groups, prayer groups, prayer walks, Bible studies on all of the studio lots. Friendships where people not only hang out together, and laugh and cry but they hire each other and are working together. I am seeing a growing community.”

“Another thing we are seeing is that industry people are wanting to share their faith! They are sharing with co-workers, bosses, employees! It is growing!” she added. “I am seeing Christians on the outside of Hollywood who are not looking at it the same way. They are willing to pray now, to see it as a mission field and send young people who are talented to work here.”

Believers and churches in Hollywood say that prayer has been the force that has created so much empowerment for the current generation of people of faith. They are flooding the entertainment industry as missionaries in the mainstream media as well as making faith-based projects on a scale that hasn’t been seen before.

There are over 12,000 known and committed Christians in professions just in Hollywood itself, according to the Hollywood Prayer Network. And this number is growing daily even through the rough pandemic season of 2021.

Covell and her team have spent thousands of hours creating a relationship between churches and ministries who will pray for studios and professionals who work in the entertainment industry. They have also started more than 130 HPN chapters with over 12,000 intercessors around the world who share the same mission.  Their mission is to identify, connect and empower Christians who are working throughout the entertainment industry, uniting and encouraging them with prayer and community, equipping them to live lives that demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ.

We asked Covell, how can Christians pray for Hollywood?

“We need more Christians to find each other, recommit their faith, and to join in what God is doing to move and build us up as a shining bright light,” she said. “We need more believers to share their faith. If more people become Christians in Hollywood, we know the environment will change and the content will change.”

“We need more prayer warriors outside of Hollywood to pray with us,” Covell continued. “We need intercessors that are willing to pray for one industry professional who is a Christian who becomes their prayer partner. We need more local chapters around the world to meet the need in the world’s most influential mission field.”

When asked what her hope would be for the next 20 years of the Hollywood Prayer Network, Covell said, “I hope that God is so present in Hollywood that people’s lives will change and that Christians are so full of the Holy Spirit that they will share their faith and that non-believers will become Christians.”

“I am praying that Hollywood Prayer Network is no longer necessary because it’s happening organically!” she added. “I want to be put out of business because the Holy Spirit has taken the industry for Himself!”

The Hollywood Prayer Network is the fastest-growing entertainment ministry of its kind. You can become an intercessor for the arts and entertainment industries all over the world by visiting them at https://hollywoodprayernetwork.org/.

Shawn Bolz is the founder of Bolz Ministries. He is the host of the Exploring the Prophetic podcast and is also the host of the YouTube series: Your Prophetic Journey.

“1st Mondays” Prayer and Worship Night

By Past Events

HPN’s Karen and Kelry, along with prayer leaders who have been meeting virtually to pray since March 2020, hosted our monthly “1st MONDAYS” PRAYER AND WORSHIP NIGHT. Shun Lee Fong led worship over Zoom, and then each of our attendees received at least one round of one-on-one prayer from an HPN prayer leader.​​​​​​​ The Lord moved powerfully to encourage industry professionals through prayer and worship. We host these nights monthly on the first Monday of the month on ZOOM to pour into industry professionals from all over who are in need of encouragement and a Word from The Lord. If you’re interested in joining, REGISTER HERE.

Friday Prayer International ZOOM CALL

By Past Events

Since March 20, 2020 HPN has hosted weekly prayer meetings on Zoom, for people to participate via phone or video chat. These one-hour meetings are a fruitful time of connecting during the coronavirus outbreak and social distancing. We lift up topics such as the entertainment industry, health, and finances.

Screenshot of Zoom call on Laptop

To join a prayer meeting, check out our local events page.

Stats:

3/20 – 29 participants – 4 HPN staff

3/27 – 69 participants – 4 HPN staff

4/03 – 74 participants -4 HPN staff

4/10 – 43 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/17 – 43 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/24 – 51 participants – 3 HPN staff

5/08 – 50 participants – 4 HPN staff

5/15 – 41 participants – 3 HPN staff

5/22 – 44 participants – 3 HPN staff

5/29 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

6/05 – 43 participants – 3 HPN staff

6/12 – 36 participants – 4 HPN staff

6/19 – 37 participants – 3 HPN staff

6/26 – 30 participants – 3 HPN staff

7/03 – 43 participants – 3 HPN staff

7/10 – 32 participants – 3 HPN staff

7/17 – 50 participants – 2 HPN staff

7/24 – 44 participants – 2 HPN staff

7/31 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

8/07 – 30 participants – 3 HPN staff

8/14 – 34 participants – 3 HPN staff

8/21 – 37 participants – 2 HPN staff

8/28 – 28 participants – 2 HPN staff

9/04 – 43 participants – 2 HPN staff

9/11 – 39 participants – 2 HPN staff

9/18 – 47 participants – 1 HPN staff

9/25 – 36 participants – 2 HPN staff

10/02 – 33 participants – 3 HPN staff

10/09 – 32 participants – 4 HPN staff

10/16 – 33 participants – 3 HPN staff

10/23 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

10/30 – 30 participants – 3 HPN staff

11/06 – 40 participants – 3 HPN staff

11/13/20 – 34 participants – 3 HPN staff

11/20/20 – 42 participants – 3 HPN staff

12/04/20 – 43  participants – 2 HPN staff

12/11/20 – 36 participants – 2 HPN staff

12/18/20 – 32 participants – 4 HPN staff

1/08/21 – 40 participants – 3 HPN staff

1/15/21 – 34 participants – 3 HPN staff

1/22/21 – 38 participants – 3 HPN staff

1/29/21 – 32 participants – 3 HPN staff

2/05/21 – 40 participants – 2 HPN staff

2/12/21 – 40 participants – 3 HPN staff

2/26/21 – 39 participants – 4 HPN staff

3/5/21 – 54 participants – 4 HPN staff

3/12/21 – 41 participants – 3 HPN staff

3/19/21 – 43 participants – 2 HPN staff

3/26/21 – 45 participants – 2 HPN staff

4/2/21 – 46 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/9/21 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/16/21 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/23/21 – 41 participants – 3 HPN staff

4/30/21- 38 participants – 3 HPN staff

5/7/31 – 31 participants – 2 HPN staff

5/14/21 – 42 participants – 2 HPN staff

5/21/21 – 37 participants – 2 HPN staff

5/28/21 – 44 participants – 2 HPN staff

6/4/21 – 42 participants – 3 HPN staff

6/11/21 – 39 participants – 3 HPN staff

6/18/21 – 44 participants – 3 HPN Staff

6/25/21 – 36 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

7/2/21 – 33 Participants – 2 HPN Staff

7/9/21- 41 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

7/16/21 – 35 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

7/23/21 – 29 Participants- 2 HPN Staff

7/30/21 – 32 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

8/6/21 – 34 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

8/13/21 – 29 Participants – 2 HPN Staff

8/20/21 – 33 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

8/27/21 – 38 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

9/3/21 – 39 Participants – 3 HPN Staff

 

Hollywood Prayer Network Celebrates 20 Years of Ministry!

By Past Events

HPN Birthday Bash

Hollywood Prayer Network celebrated 20 years on August 14th, 2021  and it was the party of the year! OVER 400 industry professionals (local and nationally) arrived in Hollywood to enjoy an amazing night of celebrating that was completely FREE to our attendees! The evening featured: 

  • Red Carpet Entrance, and Red-Carpet Interviews!
  • A variety of delicious catered food, as well as Chick-fil-A!
  • A Complimentary Sweets and Candies purveyor
  • VIP Swag Bags filled with Hollywood and Industry themed goodies and swag
  • Live Band – HINDSIGHT – which were AMAZING!!
  • Live Saxophonist, and performances around the event
  • Sparklers for the Birthday Cake Blowout!
  • A “LIVING” Chess Game with 32 human chess pieces, where 2 Chess Masters faced off in the most glamorous human chess game of all time!
  • Commemorative Print-strip Photo-Booth from Partytainment Photobooth
  • Contest and prizes for “Best Dressed” LookAlikes from the BEST in Film, Tv and Music from the Past 20 years!
  • Vegas-themed Bar serving mocktails and mocktinis
  • Drawings for AMAZING Giveaways provided by our wonderful sponsors, Writer’s Spotlight
  • 007 VIP Lounge
  • And SO MUCH MORE!

Hosted at the beautiful Hollywood Presbyterian Church campus, this ENTIRELY outdoor event had film, tv, and music tributes, while we also celebrated our incredible Christian entertainment community.

See all of the party photos from the following links:

RED CARPET PHOTOS
PARTY PHOTOS

The HPN Team at the 20th Birthday Celebration!

Texas, Bastrop – April Knight

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

April is a homeschooling mompreneur who has been talking to Jesus about and praying for the entertainment industry since she was a young girl. God likes to speak to April through lines from television shows and movies, and in 2018 she heard Him say, “Save Hollywood, save the world,” in a twist on the tagline from the show Heroes.

Around that time she found Hollywood Prayer Network and soon began receiving the newsletters. She prayed about how to be more involved, and God began moving her toward Bastrop where she finally arrived in July 2019. Since then she’s learned just how deep the industry actually runs in the area, and that she lives near what will soon be three movie studios/production companies: Wyldwood Studios and Studio 968/New Republic ten minutes to the north, a brand new as-yet-unnamed studio complex being built to the east. Troublemaker Studios is only about 20 minutes to the west. God planted her, without her prior knowledge, right in the middle of the industry she’s loved since childhood.

The pandemic slowed down April’s ability to get involved, but in June she approached HPN to see what she could do to help. Her goals for the local industry include regular gatherings of industry professionals to encourage each other and foster deep relationships that build strength, hope, and freedom; build church/industry networks for support; presence on local film sets for support in the midst of work; being a liaison between HPN and the local studios; and creating such an atmosphere in the industry that they don’t even want to produce anything without the support of HPN and local churches because of the drastic difference they see in value, quality, and sense of peace from pre- to post-production.

April is excited to see creativity increase, budgets increase, and doors open for more productions that bring honor and glory to Jesus. She’s ready to see lives changed in front of the screen because of the lives changed behind it.

Contact April at info@hpnbastrop.org

Missouri, St Louis – Jana Gamble

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Jana Gamble

Email Jana | Website 

Jana M. Gamble is a Producer, Screenwriter, Assistant Director, Speaker, Author & Advocate. Her company Purposed Productions has a mission to transform hearts and minds around the world through eye-opening entertainment, dynamic Speaker & Artist performances, media-focused youth empowerment, and healing centered events. During the dueling pandemics, Jana found HPN and, while literally fighting COVID-19, heard God’s call to take on the role of the Local Chapter Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network St. Louis (HPNStL) where HPN was birthed 20 years prior.

 

 

Prophetic Night of Prayer and Worship

By Past Events

DSM Hollywood

On May 22nd, 2021 75 industry professionals gathered at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and had a night of Prophetic Prayer and Worship, led by Pastor Dan Sherstad and DSM Hollywood. This was a wonderful night for the community, where every attendee worshipped and then received prophetic prayer from the team members of DSM Hollywood.

National Day of Prayer 2021: “RENEW HOLLYWOOD”

By Past Events

National Day of Prayer

On Thursday night May 6th, Hollywood Prayer Network hosted the 27th Annual National Day of Prayer Celebration! Held at the campus of the First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, we hosted 86 people in person, and 83 people on ZOOM for our first ever Virtual and In-Person combination event! We had a live worship team with Worship Leaders Shun Lee Fong, and Kelry Kirschenmann, and Saxophonist Tim Kirschenmann. With prayer leaders that were both online and physically present, we prayed for renewal in Hollywood, our nation, and the world using the 5 C’s: Culture, Community, Creatives, Calling, and Commission!

Good Friday Back Yard Prayer & Worship Night

By Past Events

On Good Friday 2021, 30 of us gathered for our first in-person event in over a year- a Back Yard Prayer & Worship night at the Covell’s. From 7pm to 9pm we had a beautiful time of acoustic worship and prayer led by Tim and Kelry Kirschenmann. Worship was contemplative and spirit-led, with times of individual and breakout group prayer, as well as a beautiful time of communion.

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