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USA Chapter Directors

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City – Spencer Folmar

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Spencer Folmar is a producer, director, and writer. He has been making independent feature films for over 15 years. Folmar specializes in film financing, marketing, and distribution. His 2017 theatrical debut “Generational Sins” made worldwide news with his new Hard Faith™ genre. His films and entrepreneurial endeavors have been featured in Variety, New York Times, New York Post, Newsweek, LA Times, Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, and more. Spencer has written & directed 4 feature films and produced 8 feature films. Spencer’s life motto in art is “Telling Stories That Liberate”.

Texas, Arlington – Joey Geisel

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

HPN and Joey first connected through a YouVersion devotional that he led as Young Adult Pastor several years ago, and now he is really enjoying praying alongside them as Pastor of Prayer Ministry over the Grace House of Prayer in Arlington, TX. The primary focus of the Arlington chapter is interceding for The Chosen television project about the life of Christ, produced in North Texas: find out more about Pray For The Chosen here: https://linktr.ee/prayforthechosen

Joey grew up watching his dad playing violin in the pit for theatre shows that his mom wrote and/or directed, so his Radio/TV/Film degree and Theatre minor from TCU makes sense to all who know him. The whole Geisel family carries a deep passion for exalting Christ in the arts: Joey and his wife Emma have toured internationally with dance ministry (her) worship ministry (both) and video marketing (him), and both really enjoy stoking fires of prayer-revival in the local church. Contact Joey and find out more at https://linktr.ee/joeygeisel

California, Ventura – Lanie Mabry

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Lanie has been serving the Lord in intercession, including for Hollywood, since 1999 and recently became a chapter director with HPN in March of 2022!

Growing up, her dad was a pastor, but in her teens she got pulled into the ways of the world. In her thirties, after watching “Stigmata”, she devoted her life to Jesus and has not turned back! In 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer and was told that she only had months to live, but she sees her life as a living example of Psalm 23 in God’s faithfulness to be with us at all times as our Rock! She is joyfully a wife, mother and grandmother.

She looks forward to gathering people together in person for prayer and sharing prayer requests online with her chapter. She has a heart for entertainers to know God, and through knowing Him, to be a part of what God is doing in Hollywood!

Tennessee, Nashville – Michael Blanton

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Michael Blanton, of Brentwood, Tennessee, has had a celebrated career in the music industry and continues to be involved in several areas of IP development and branding. A native of Amarillo, Texas, Blanton got his start in music as an A&R representative at Word Records in Waco, Texas, moving to Nashville in 1978 to open the company’s office on Music Row. He and business partner Dan Harrell launched Blanton/Harrell Production and Management in 1980 with Amy Grant as their first client. In 1981 with friend Brown Bannister (’75), they created Reunion Records and Reunion Publishing and soon launched the careers of artists including Michael W. Smith and Rich Mullins. Blanton served as executive producer for some of Grant’s biggest hits, including the albums Unguarded (1985), Lead Me On (1988), and the multi-platinum Heart in Motion (1992), which sold more than ten million copies and received five Pop Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. He also executive produced hits for Smith including his debut, Michael W. Smith Project (1983) featuring the song “Friends,” The Big Picture (1986), i 2 (EYE) (1988) and Change Your World (1992). Blanton and Harrell worked with authors including Frank Peretti, helping him release his multimillion selling This Present Darkness in 1986 and Piercing the Darkness in 1989. Beginning in 1997, Blanton and Harrell served as co-presidents of Gaylord’s Idea Entertainment, leaving in 2000 and forming Blanton Harrell Cooke & Corzine in 2001. There they signed acclaimed Christian artists such as Point of Grace and Bebo Norman and Joy Williams.

In 2011, Blanton launched Be Music and Entertainment to develop and manage new artists, such as Zane Williams (’99), Dave Barnes, Ginny Owens and All Sons and Daughters. In 2018, he partnered with Vertigo Media to help with their new technology branding. Technology that connects Spotify and Apple into one artist music activation app.

Also, in 2018 Blanton partnered with Gary Glover to form a new consulting and branding team, and they have helped to launch the new on-line digital songwriting venture, called Songwriting University, where anyone around the world can co-write with Nashville songwriters. And finally in 2020 Terry Benedict (producer of Hacksaw Ridge) and Blanton have formed a new film production company named Beacon Hawk Entertainment, planning to move into production of new film projects in 2022.

Blanton is a member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, the Country Music Association, and the Americana Music Association, and he serves as board chair of Lipscomb’s College of Entertainment and Arts. The team of Blanton & Harrell was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

Blanton and his wife, Paula, have three grown children all married and living in Nashville – Carter and Molly Blanton, Chelsea and Heath Drimmel and Boothe and Conor Farley – and six grandchildren.

Canada, Ontario, Ottawa – Karen Bourgon

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Karen is a wife and mother of six children, proud grandmother of two grandchildren, and has an extensive background in Administration and Fitness Consulting.  She is the Founder and Director of two ministries – Sister†Hood, a faith based ministry for women, and The Deliverance Network, with its associated Youtube Channel, The Deliverance Network.  With a profound spiritual journey that began with an ‘angel experience’ in 1999, Karen seeks to spread the experiences and ‘words’ she has received over the years, in answer to God’s call, and believes deeply in the power of prayer to change our world.

Karen is passionate about witnessing to the faith and helping women in healing, growth, faith and community, and is particularly passionate about spiritual warfare. Karen is excited at the addition of an HPN Chapter as part of Sister†Hood’s network of powerhouse prayer warriors, and believes it offers strongly targeted spiritual warfare in an area of great influence in our culture.

 

Oklahoma, Tulsa – Sheryl Kloehr

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Founder of iRefresh Ministries, (www.irefresh.net) a prayer ministry that focuses on ordinary women doing extraordinary things through the power of God’s word and prayer. We pray, encourage and inspire each person we pray for to discover their gifts and talents in order to see how God can use them for His Kingdom purpose. We are called to help create prayer teams into every community, across denominations, across cultures and into every nation that brings support to the individual and team. I assist in social media and website design for several businesses, both non-profit and technology businesses.

I’m the mother of David, an actor, writer and producer, walking alongside his dream to create family-friendly content in all platforms through his future production company. Currently working with my husband, Tim, to build a film studio for David’s team and all others who want to utilize the latest technology in a film studio as well as located next to Oral Roberts University where we support their media program for students to have an outlet to practice their skills and provide future jobs upon graduation. With prayer and filming interest, this is a perfect fit to bring prayer into this arena; a goal David wants ongoing in the studio.

 

 

Michigan, Grand Haven – Kristen Collier

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Kristen is co-founder/animator of Collier Animation Studio and Roku developer/co-founder of Creative Motion Network, a free, cutting-edge indie Christian Roku channel she built with her husband to help independent creatives get more exposure. She is also a volunteer producer at Allendale Christian Media, a community and student ministry at their church and co-founder of Xian Wear apparel, XIAN WEAR – Home (weebly.com). CAS is producing their first animated cartoon, “Benny the Barnacle,” Benny the Barnacle (TV Series 2022– ) – IMDb that features notable believers like Corbin Bernsen and Lou Gramm, from the rock group Foreigner. Kristen believes animation is the future of Christian media, because it’s like eye candy that has the ability to reach the largest possible market – kids and unsaved adults. 

Georgia, Atlanta – Cassandra Hollis

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Cassandra Hollis joined the Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN) soon after completing her MA in Communications at Georgia State University, where she majored in TV Production. Researching Christians in Hollywood, God led her to HPN. A working Actor, trained at the Yale University Conservatory for Actors, Cassandra has had recurring roles on true crime series on both the TV One Network and the ID Channel.

The Atlanta Chapter was established and led by Kim Oberhou in 2002. Cassandra later accepted the baton from Kim. As Chapter Director, Cassandra and ATL HPN members intercede for the state of Georgia, Hollywood and the mountain of entertainment and media as a whole. They meet regularly via phone conference call to Pray. Within the last decade, the state of Georgia has grown into a top 3 destination in the world for film and tv production. To God be the Glory.

Please contact atlhpn@yahoo.com with Prayer Requests and/or for more information about how to get involved with the Atlanta Chapter. God Bless you!

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

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