Aalesund, Norway – 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 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.”

Aiken, SC – Carol Bond

By Global Local 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.

Alberta, Canada – Peggy Buzzard

By Global Local Chapter Directors

“My current focus is to share Jesus’ love by living an available life.”  Peggy states a simple, yet profound statement of accessibility. Her intent is to educate people by living her life as an example of discipleship and love. She intimately knows the responsibilities of being a wife, mother, grandmother, friend, and worker.

In encouraging people through prayer, she seeks to uplift Hollywood, local theatre and studio establishments by highlighting the importance of positivity, rather than gossip, connection rather than disconnection, and inspiration rather than discouragement. 

Her involvement in the arts community, sharing Hollywood Prayer Network with churches, and reaching out to a Calgary film studio has allowed her to pray and walk with many in the industry who need spiritual connection and vitality.

Austin, Texas – Lynette Lewis

By Global Local Chapter Directors

While some churches Lynette Lewis reached out to were interested in networking, praying was side-lined. She shares a disappointment she encountered, “Three pastors who thought praying specifically for Hollywood was not good for various reasons.” 

Her experience highlights a reality some of the chapters face in engaging people to pray specifically for the entertainment industry. We must, as Hollywood Prayer Network not only pray for the industry, but for the prayer warriors who are interceding on the industry’s behalf.  She concludes with, “Prayer has been so important in my life and the life of my family that even if there was no HPN we would be praying for such an important mission field!”

Baltimore, MD – Doug Maddox

By Global Local Chapter Directors

“I reach out to my network and tell them about HPN and then pray with them. I then send them the latest newsletter. When we have production meetings, we offer prayer for everyone.” Doug says that each time he does this, there is a positive reception for prayer. Prayer, indeed, is powerful.

Bastrop, TX – April Knight

By Global Local 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.

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Boston, MA – Jennie Fournier

By Global Local Chapter Directors

Jennie Fournier is a missionary, local chaplain, and director of a ministry called Global Prayer Advocacy Nexus (formerly Greater Boston Prayer and Action Network).  The ministry and most of her work have been related to advocating for those vulnerable to and affected by abuse and exploitation.  

Her hope as an HPN chapter director is to connect with others who have the desire to pray together for those in the entertainment industry who are affected by abuse and exploitation, including those who are involved in the pornography industry. Jennie is always interested in having discussions with other prayer intercessors as to how to raise awareness and pray strategically for this part of the industry. Her desire is to understand the issues more so she can better pray, and ultimately empower others to do the same.

Branson, Missouri – Deborah Watson

By Global Local Chapter Directors

Deborah Watson is the founder and director of the Branson International Film Festival and for Studio 2.22 film productions in Branson, Mo. After being an HPN prayer partner for ten years, Deborah felt led to help mobilize others through the Branson International Film Festival and social media prayer teams with her connections in St. Louis as well as other areas in the state. 

As director of BIFF, Deborah prays with and for those in attendance. She also empowers people to pray for industry professionals and connects with area churches who have a heart for the industry. In 2021, her objective is to connect people with the Hollywood Prayer Network by hosting a chapter summit before the film festival.

Burnaby, Canada – Bernadine Oby Ihekwoaba

By Global Local Chapter Directors

As an elementary school teacher, a mother of four children, and a minister’s wife, Bernadine Oby Ihekwoaba is extremely busy, but she finds time to support Hollywood Prayer Network by praying for people in the arts, sports, and entertainment industry. She engages friends, sends cards, keeps an eye on HPN website and affiliates, and organizes meetings in collaboration with CASEPN (Canadian Arts,Sports, and Entertainment Prayer Networks). Her desire as an HPN chapter director is to connect with intercessors who have the desire to pray for those in the entertainment industry.

Cairo, Egypt – Amir Ghali

By Global Local Chapter Directors

Although Amir Ghali was in Egypt for a long time he recently came back to the USA. However, he still has a team of people who are in Egypt, but because of COVID, it became difficult for them to meet. Nevertheless, Margo and Amged who are the team leaders in Cairo, continue to reach out to each other and other people in prayer. Additionally, they are trying to establish Arabic Media School to teach media for young people. Amir diligently guides his team and always shares his prayers for them and the entertainment industry.

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