Italy, Padova – Deborah Brown

By Global Local Chapter Directors

The chapter of Padova, Italy is proud of one of its members, Maurizio Desinan who is the official male voice of Siri in Italian; everyone hears him on the iPhones and Mac computers. Deborah Brown, chapter director says, “His testimony is just as omnipresent as his voice!” He is one of many in the chapter who dedicate time in prayer for the industry.
Deborah reaches out to believers by highlighting pertinent social media content and production of Christ-centered short films to bring believers together. She is sort of a “lightning rod” for all to contact for prayer, meetings, and Godly support to the entertainment industry.

Japan, Kyoto – Jamie Kassler

By Global Local Chapter Directors

Jamie Kassler is a filmmaker-missionary serving in Kyoto, Japan. His focus is to pray for, meet, and encourage filmmakers in Japan and internationally, as well as to create inspirational media in Japan (Japan Hope). Jamie is currently making narrative short films in Japan as an outreach ministry, which allows him to share God’s love both in the film content and throughout the filmmaking process. This ministry began as an “interest-based” outreach model, that allows for ministry engagement through a practical activity, such as filmmaking. 

First Jamie and his team reach out to friends and contacts who want to be involved in filmmaking or ministry, as well as post online on various forums seeking volunteer actors and crew. They have had many unbelievers who want to join and help on multiple films, including aspiring actors and professionals in the Tokyo film industry, and performers from Universal Studios Japan. Once filming is underway, the team starts each day by praying and sharing one of Jesus’ teachings related to the film’s theme. Throughout the day, they pray that the volunteer crew and actors would be impacted by the morning prayer and scripture reading, and that the scriptural themes in the film itself would cause the crew and actors to reflect. Jamie and his team also pray that each person would experience the Lord through the love, respect and pursuit of excellence on set – which they believe can be even more powerful than words. These short films have also opened doors for Jamie and his team to share God’s love at secular film festivals and arts communities. 

One on one, Jamie is always blessed to engage and pray for those he meets on the mission field, or who have reached out to him online – including filmmakers, artists, missionaries, those with a heart for Japan, and more. He loves to pray for others, and encourage people however he can.

Jaime’s Missionary Page: “Jesus in Japan

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.

 

 

 

Massachusetts, Boston – Jennie Fournier

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA 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.

Memphis, TN – Justin and Ariel Harrison

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Justin and Ariel are Memphis natives that have been married for seven years. They currently (Aug 2022) have one child and a passion for marriage and family. They are a director/writer duo that loves to create film projects. They have a fire for the things of God and a desire to glorify God through film and media. Malia Wofford passed the baton for the Memphis chapter to them in July of 2022.

They desire to build a community in the Memphis Chapter of the Hollywood Prayer Network. The vision for that community is to, above all, pray together for Hollywood as well as network and work together to produce God-glorying projects!

 

 

 

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. 

Missouri, Branson – Deborah Watson

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA 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.

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.

 

 

Nebraska, Omaha – Joshua Brunken

By Global Local Chapter Directors, USA Chapter Directors

Joshua Brunken is the Chapter Director for Omaha, Nebraska. He is a multi-talented film and theatre actor and polyglot (he’s fluent in Finnish, Spanish, Turkish and Danish!) Joshua’s chapter’s emphasis is on building bridges with churches and the local acting community. This is a calling that enables him to use his experience in the entertainment industry to help churches establish impactful prayer media ministries. 

In this capacity, he is able to reach out to established churches, as well as offer prayer and support to actors and comedians at events like Comic Con. He has put on the armor of God, offering fellowship to others through his devotion to the Lord.

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