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This marked the 20th Annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast.
Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware in his address, "Balancing Faith,
Family, and Work," challenged the overflow crowd "to be hot
for the kingdom of God," to devote time to family, and to
commit to radical philanthropy. Reggie Littlejohn delivered
a compelling testimony about how personal suffering gave her
a purpose for her life -- to found Women's Rights Without
Frontiers to shed light on abused women, especially in China.
"Film, Faith, and Pop Culture" was the topic addressed
by keynote speaker Mark Joseph, film producer and founder of
MJM Entertainment. Speaking also were Jaida Im, founder and
Executive Director of Freedom House and Sanjay Poonen, President
and Corporate Officer of Technology Solutions and the Mobile
Division at SAP.
See 2013's archived website.
"Leadership in Challenging Times" was the theme of the 2012
event. Dr Condoleezza Rice, professor at Stanford and 66th
Secretary of State was the keynote speaker. Dr. Rice gave
an inspiring testimony of her faith in Jesus Christ, the
compatibility between faith and reason, and how her faith and
prayer help her in challenging times. The event also featured
testimonies and prayers by Betty Ann Boeving, Executive Director
of the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition
Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose.
See 2012's archived website.
"Overcoming Life's Challenges" was the theme of the 2011
event. Steve Stenstrom, president of Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO) and
former NFL quarterback, was the keynote speaker. In his talk
titled Lessons from the West Coast Offense, Steve discussed
lessons he learned playing college and professional football
and how those lessons paralleled lessons God taught him about
life. The event also featured personal testimonies and prayers
by Randy Scott, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Genomic
Health, Inc. and Tess Reynolds, CEO of New Door Ventures.
See 2011's archived website.
The 2010 event featured Joe Ehrmann, former NFL player,
coach, and community leader, and Tim Borland, president of
Race for Good. The theme of the event was "Finding Meaning
and Purpose in Life". Ehrmann talked about how the tragic
death of his brother led him to search for meaning and purpose
and ultimately lead to his commitment to faith and a life
of service. Tim Borland described how God uses ordinary
people to do extraordinary things. In his case, Tim uses his
gift of endurance running, including running in 63 marathons
in 63 days in 2007, to raise money to find a cure for a rare
children's disease, ataxia telangiectasia (A-T). The event
also included brief testimonies and prayers by Don Johnson,
chief of public safety in Sunnyvale and Susan Kammerer-Herman,
executive director of Help One Child.
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The 2009 event featured medical doctor Cheryl Ho and NASA
Astronaut, Rex Walheim. Both spoke on the theme "The Joy
of Serving". Cheryl recalled the path that took her from a
comfortable childhood in Cincinnati to serving the homeless and
disadvantaged in Santa Clara County and how her desire to serve
comes from her relationship with Jesus Christ. Rex discussed
his passion for flying and how God's plan led him on a varied
path where today he serves as an astronaut who has flown on two
missions. The audience was also privileged to hear San Jose
Mayor Chuck Reed offer a prayer for leadership and Atherton City
Council member Elizabeth Lewis offer a prayer for local needs.
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"Finding Meaning in Life" was the theme of the 2008 event
which featured Walt Wilson, a Silicon Valley businessman, and
Shirley Pounds, director of CityTeam San Francisco. Walt,
a former Marine, discussed how his commitment to personal
faith in Jesus Christ in the service gave meaning to his
life thereafter. Shirley discussed how God led her from a
small town in the Midwest to her work with the poorest of the
poor in San Francisco and how she and countless volunteers
find meaning every day caring for the disadvantaged.
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"Finding Joy in Your Life" was the theme of the event featuring
Dennis Bakke and Pat Chen. Bakke is the co-founder and former
CEO of AES Corporation, an $8 billion energy firm, Imagine
Schools, and author of Joy at Work. He talked about how
to find joy at work. Chen is a champion of prayer, founder
and president of First Love Ministries International and the
founder of "The Secret Place" prayer room on Capitol Hill
in Washington, D.C. She talked about the power and meaning
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|2006|| "Finding Purpose in Your
Life" was the theme of the event which featured speakers Kim Woody
and John Sage. Both speakers found purpose through prayer and openness
to God. Kim Woody started
Jeremiah's Promise, a program which provides
a loving home, mentoring, and educational opportunities for foster youth
who turn 18 and have no other resources. John Sage was led to start
Vida Coffee, a for-profit company which generates ongoing financial support
for charitable organizations worldwide.
Michael Halloran, a former professional skier and founder of several
companies, talked about what it is like to survive a life-threatening
illness, to be given a second chance, and discover that the priorities
and values of daily life are changed forever. Laura Lou Tolles, author
of books for both parents and children, spoke about how prayer sustained
her through her battle with the devastating effects of Lyme disease.
|2004||Kevin Compton, general partner with the venture capital
firm, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, talked about the sustaining
power of faith and prayer. Tess Reynolds spoke about how personal tragedy
changed her life.
Kim Oden, former Stanford volleyball player and current coach and
counselor at Saint Francis, spoke about how she felt called to leave
college coaching to mentor high school students. Tom Gutshall, co-founder
and chairman of Cepheid and Chairman of CityTeam Ministries, gave a personal
testimony and talked about the power of prayer in his life. |
|2002||Dorothy Garcia, whose husband perished in the 9/11 Pennsylvania
plane crash, gave a moving story about how God and prayer sustain her.
Dr. Joseph Roberson, a physician and founder of the California Ear Institute
at Stanford, and his wife Julia Roberson, inspired us with stories about
ear surgery and faith. |
|2001|| Brent Jones, a Young Life graduate and former 49er All Pro tight
end, spoke about what it means to be a Christian football player. Marshall
Heller, Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, discussed prayer in his life. |
|2000||Normajean Hinders, a marriage and family therapist, talked about
the power of prayer in her life. Jim Stump, spiritual mentor to athletes
at Stanford, and Steve Stenstrom, former Stanford and 49ers quarterback,
shared their testimonies. |
|1999||Elaine Stedman, wife of Ray Stedman, founder of Peninsula Bible
Church, came from Oregon to speak on the gift of prayer. Dr. Arthur Halliday,
a Los Altos physician, explored prayer in the practice of medicine. |
|1998||Nan and Chuck Geschke held the packed room spellbound with
their recounting of the horrific experience of Chuck’s kidnapping
five years earlier and how prayer sustained them through the ordeal.
Chuck is the co-founder and was president of Adobe Systems.
Thomas Kinkade, “Painter of Light”, discussed how his
faith and prayer inspire his art. Sally Forster, Bible Study Fellowship
lecturer, shared four steps to a vital prayer life. |
|1996||Greg Jamison, president of the San Jose Sharks hockey team,
and Patti Pierce, founder of Women at the Well, shared their personal
|1995||Gini Bunnell, artist and Bible Study Fellowship lecturer, and
Tom Campbell, State Senator talked about the power of prayer in their