President Livingstone Invites Local Pastors, Faith Leaders for Aug. 13 Community Prayer Breakfast

  • Community Prayer Breakfast Welcome
    Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone and First Gent Brad Livingstone welcomed local pastors and faith leaders to last year's inaugural Community Prayer Breakfast that focused on the upcoming school year. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)
  • Community Prayer Breakfast
    Local pastors and leaders of all faiths and denominations joined Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., for the inaugural Community Prayer Breakfast as the 2018 school year approached. (Matthew Minard/Baylor University)
Aug. 6, 2019

Event brings faith community together in prayer for the upcoming school year

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 6, 2019) – Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., will welcome pastors and leaders of all faiths and denominations throughout Waco and Central Texas for a Community Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 13, on the Baylor campus.

The event, which began last year, brings together faith leaders to pray collectively for students, faculty, education leaders and families as communities prepare for the upcoming school year.

A continental breakfast will begin at 7 a.m. in the Paul and Katy Piper Great Hall at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, 1100 S. Third St., followed by the community prayer service from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Paul W. Powell Chapel. Parking will be available in the Dutton Avenue garage, next to the seminary at the intersection of I-35 and University Parks Drive.

“We look forward to welcoming faith leaders to our campus as we join together as one community of believers to pray for the upcoming school year,” President Livingstone said. “We pray that our hearts and minds are open to God’s presence as we share in upholding the joy and wellbeing of our students, families and the faculty who play an eternal role in developing the unique gifts of each student.”

The prayer breakfast will open with a welcome by President Livingstone and a call to prayer by University Chaplain Burt Burleson, D.Min., dean of spiritual life at Baylor. Prayers for students, parents, teachers, administrators, community wellbeing and community ministers will be led by:

  • René Maciel, missions pastor, First Woodway Baptist Church.
  • Jonathan Pokluda, lead pastor, Harris Creek Baptist Church.
  • Jimmy Hunter, pastor of Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
  • Beth Allison Barr, Ph.D., associate dean for student and faculty development, Graduate School, associate professor of history, Baylor University.
  • Glenn Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest.
  • Angela Reed, Ph.D., associate professor of practical theology and director of spiritual formation, Truett Seminary.

Ryan Richardson, Ph.D., associate chaplain and director of worship and chapel at Baylor, will lead the music. Students Camille Rybacki, a senior international studies major at Baylor, and Tyler Phillips, a master of divinity candidate at Truett Seminary, will read from Psalm 103 and John 17:20-23, respectively. President Livingstone will offer closing remarks followed by the Lord’s Prayer.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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