In early October, first responders, faith leaders and community members gathered at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac for a time of purpose and prayer. Terrie Desloge, Stacy Washington and Kate Stratton organized a program of speakers, music and prayer for the purpose of uniting and encouraging St. Louisans.
Monsignor Matthew Mitas offered words of wisdom and encouragement, and the following faith leaders prayed over St. Louis County and the city: Kurt Wilson of Kingdom Church, Crisis Aid International founder Pat Bradley, Twin Rivers pastor Hervera Hambrick, ThriVe St. Louis president Bridget Van Means, The Pathway editor Don Hinkle, Grace Church pastor Wes Martin, Civil Righteousness founder and pastor Jonathan Tremaine Thomas, The Crossing pastor Chris Nation and Destiny Church pastor Jim Stern.
Ladue Police officer Jennifer Hendricks offered a prayer for safety and strength for all essential workers on the frontlines. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft provided a detailed update on the various voting processes and new ballot options available this year. He emphasized the importance of registering to vote.
The keynote speaker was William Federer, a best-selling author and historian. Federer’s presentation focused on learning from history and being active in local politics. Patriotic songs were delivered with passion by Kenny DeShields and Hannah McDonald. Greg Worzel performed and led the gathering in uplifting praise and worship music.