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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

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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.

 

 

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.

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.

Florida, Fort Myers – Dianna Sandora

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

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.

California, Sacramento – Rev. Rosemary Curto

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Rev. Rosemary Curto is a self-proclaimed “born-again zealot” who survived terminal inoperable pancreatic cancer by the grace of God, experiencing an angelic visitation and the healing power of Doctor Jesus of Nazareth. (She has been in remission for the past 14 years.) HPN is proud to have a hip 81-year-old representing HPN as a seasoned LCD. She also 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.

California, Orange County – Peggy Roger

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Peggy Roger 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.

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