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Kentucky, Lexington – Catherine Gaffney

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Catherine has spent her entire adult life integrating her faith and her art. From early days with City Lights Theatre Company in San Francisco, to Taproot Theatre in Seattle (where she met her writer husband, Sean), to BADD (Bel Air Drama Dept) in LA, to getting her MFA in Acting/Directing at Regent University and now teaching acting at Asbury University – she has seen the power that stories can have for audiences in all walks of life. Catherine and Sean (Screenwriting Professor at Asbury University) enjoy helping artists of faith connect.”It’s such a joy to share our journeys with each other,” Catherine says.

 

 

 

South Carolina, Aiken – Carol Bond

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Carol is a homeschool mother,  so much of her time is spent with her youngest daughter. She also has three adult daughters. Carol and her husband are very active in their church, and they volunteer in a variety of ways. The first time Carol felt led to pray for someone in the entertainment industry was many years ago when God placed Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston on her heart. Prior to that, Carol had unknowingly begun getting a bad attitude about Hollywood. When she found HPN, God began to convict her of that bad attitude, she says. Since then she has felt led to commit to praying for the entertainment industry and becoming a Chapter Director.

Florida, Nokomis – Mark Bitner

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Mark “The Shark” Bitner’s ministry is intentionally relational. His group is ALWAYS about the “One,” Jesus Christ. “I have always had a heart for those in all forms of entertainment, especially those in Hollywood,” Mark says. “I have been praying for several young actors for over 20 years. Although I have my eyes on the A-listers the Lord spoke to my heart to reach out for those in the faith-based industry OR those in the industry in general who are believers. I simply reached out and asked if I could pray for them. Many of the connections have gone from praying for production needs to family needs and beyond. Some of these connections have become friendships.”
Mark continues to pray and points out that his goals are to be on set and minister there. He had the privilege of ministering on set of the TV series “The Chosen” and ministered to both believers and non-believers.

California, Madera County – Cassandra Hepburn

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Cassandra Hepburn is a former model turned actress who had, as she describes, a “road to Damascus” moment in her life, when God stopped her from driving off a cliff and invited her to search for Him, and in Him, her life’s purpose. She later started pursuing Jesus and received a prophecy that her next phase of life would be even grander than her previous life in the spotlight. She now lives in Madera County and works as a youth pastor, where she is excited about teaching youth to look for spiritual themes in films. She is also a ministry leader with CMC International, having been on 25 mission trips to 20 different countries. Cassandra is still active in the entertainment industry as an actress, and she takes every opportunity on set to pray over the production and minister to people. As an HPN chapter director, she is excited to plan virtual events for local members as well as HPN members around the world.

Norway, Aalesund – Ole-André Rønneberg

By Global Local Chapter Directors

In addition to being a family man and a filmmaker, Ole-André runs a production company called Gullskrinet, which focuses on telling stories that can give hope to people and point them to God.

As a dedicated prayer intercessor, he intercedes for productions and wants people to feel God’s love on set. He engages people from the Church, helps distribute the HPN Call Sheets, and holds prayer events.

Ole-André demonstrates his love through helping and supporting people, and after experiencing certain events, it has become clear to him that “I was not there for myself, but for the others… And I can only say praise God. He is there with us, and he is making a change in the atmosphere when we commit to Him.”

 

Palentine’s Day Game Night

By Past Events

Karen, Danae and Kaelyn hosted a wonderful event along with two other friends of HPN, for 46 young industry professionals via Zoom. The group did a Valentine’s-themed trivia game and then broke into Zoom breakout rooms for 2 sets of virtual games. Then night concluded with a get-to-know you game, wherein participants asked each other “Table Topic” questions. It was a great night for making new “pals” and getting to know others in the community.

New York, Long Island – Karen Broadway-Wilson

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

As chapter director for Long Island, NY, Karen Broadway-Wilson has had the opportunity to connect with a few moms of celebrities and pray for their children’s salvation. She and her chapter have also done prayer walks on Broadway, praying for God to heal broken hearts, and also praying for God-inspired plays to come to Broadway.  Karen even had an opportunity to pray for a Broadway actor and Grammy award-winner. 

This is the action of her chapter: praying for salvation, healing and deliverance for those influencers in the entertainment industry, to be a source of encouragement, and to build relationships, partnerships and connections with those that have a heart for the arts.

She explains that by participating in and facilitating networking events, prayer groups, collaborations with local organizations and participating in community outreach events, as well as participating in and supporting local film and theater productions, she and her members are able to encourage and empower those in the industry nationally and internationally with the love of God.

Prayer and Worship Night

By Past Events

HPN’s Karen and Kaelyn, along with prayer leaders who have been meeting virtually to pray since March 2020, hosted our monthly VIRTUAL NIGHT OF PERSONAL PRAYER. Shun Lee Fong led worship over Zoom, and then each of our 22 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 plan to host these prayer nights once a month via Zoom, and then meet in coffee shops around Los Angeles once they start opening for indoor dining.

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