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.
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.
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.
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.
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 plans to engage people from the Church, help distribute the HPN Call Sheets, and hold a prayer event in March.
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.”
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.
Dianna Sandora has come up with a terrific way of connecting with people to encourage them to pray for the entertainment industry. She has begun a new video series, based on Karen Covell’s devotional, Hollywood, Jesus, and You. She posts the videos on her personal Facebook profile. Check it out! She also keeps close tabs on the news for relevant issues that need prayer and encourages others to pray.
Rev. Rosemary Curto is a self-proclaimed “born-again zealot” who survived terminal inoperable pancreatic cancer by the grace of God, an angelic visitation, and the healing power of Doctor Jesus of Nazareth. (She has been in remission for the past 13 years.) At 80 years young, she represents Western Evangelical Association as their representative in Northern California. She is a very serious front line warrior intercessor in the battle between good and evil. Rosemary is also an international speaker, a blog writer and author under the pen-name Rosaday Ryan (check out The Forecast: The Broom of Destruction on Amazon).
Her chapter is always seeking new prayer warriors for Hollywood. Rosemary also sends out email bulletins every month to her contacts and her fellow chapter directors (via HPN’s chapter director update emails). Her chapter’s goal is to save souls through fervent prayers and to impact the “Heart of Hollywood” by praying that love, and not the influence of the Enemy, would reign.
“PRAYER IS MORE POWERFUL IN THE WHOLE WORLD,” states Gulzar Masih. Hailing from Sailkot, Pakistan, Gulzar has been a diligent pray-er and member of Hollywood Prayer Network for many years, because he loves to partner with the work of Jesus Christ. He says that Jesus is helping us in this world and we are living as a blessing in His hands; He who is merciful to all.
In addition to his work with HPN, he helps Christian children in orphanages and assists widows. He strives to show love through good works and by remaining diligent, humble and faithful to the Lord’s commands. He prays for Hollywood Prayer Network and asks God to richly bless all members.
Peggy Rogers is a movie producer, author and co-founder of Hope 4 Kids adoption agency in Dana Point, CA. She serves other filmmakers by praying for their needs and supporting them in their movie productions. Peggy also loves to model prayer for the next generation: She enjoys when young people join their parents at her chapter’s prayer meetings. Peggy loves to avail herself to people to connect them with our HPN groups around the world, raise awareness of HPN, and support filmmakers and the overall HPN community.