A small group gathered last Friday to pray for the three newest members of the Jeffco Board of Education.
Newly elected board members Julie Williams and Ken Witt received prayer from the eight people who attended. John Newkirk appeared briefly to thank everyone who showed up but left because of a scheduling conflict.
“We appreciate the faith community reaching out to us and inviting us here tonight,” Witt said. “We support our faith-based community, and we are a part of it.”
The prayer session was held at Activation Ministries International on Lookout Mountain Road.
An e-mail was sent to pastors and community members in Jefferson County, saying: “We will be asking the Lord for wisdom, grace and protection over these precious people of God.”
“It took years of prayer for the right people to be in these seats,” Kelly Hughes, assistant pastor at Activation Ministries, said of Witt and Williams. “We are honored to have you here tonight.”
Community members participated in silent and vocal prayer for Witt and Williams.
“God, grant an authority and boldness to them,” Hughes said. “I pray for unity.”
“I pray for God’s wisdom,” said Pastor Jeff Clark.
Attendees prayed for God’s guidance, as the new board is tasked with selecting a new district superintendent. Cindy Stevenson announced her retirement last month.
One woman prayed for the other two school board members, Jill Fellman and Lesley Dahlkemper.
“I pray for unity on the board,” the woman said. “I pray that (Fellman and Dahlkemper) would see the benefits of a conservative ideology.”
The prayer session lasted about 30 minutes.
Deanna Miller, a former teacher, organized the event.
“I believe that God’s in charge of everything,” Miller said after the prayer session. “We wanted to send (new board members) out with prayers and God’s blessings, but also pray for the whole school board.”
Miller said she didn’t invite Fellman or Dahlkemper.
“Based on my impressions of them, I don’t think they would’ve been open to the idea,” Miller said. “They might be Christians; I don’t know.”