Kathy Branzell to Succeed Ronnie Floyd as President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force

On May 2, 2019, Kathy Branzell of Atlanta, Ga. addressed the National Day of Prayer observance in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. An author and grassroots leader, Branzell follows Ronnie Floyd, Anne Graham Lotz and Shirley Dobson in leading the ministry that mobilizes prayer events across America.

Kathy Branzell has been named as Ronnie Floyd’s successor as president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Branzell, of Atlanta, has participated in the National Day of Prayer for 19 years, according to a news release from the 10-member NDP board of directors.

Floyd ended his two years of leading the National Day of Prayer on May 17 prior to taking office as president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee on May 20.

Floyd noted key advances for the movement and set forth several reflections from having led the National Day of Prayer in two blog posts after this year’s May 2 observance.

“Coupling all we know about online statistics, radio and television broadcasts and local gatherings,” Floyd wrote, “we believe that more people than ever before were potentially reached with the message of the National Day of Prayer’s theme this year: Love One Another.”

Branzell, 51, a member of Celebration Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in northeast Atlanta, attended her first National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., in 2000. She has been on the NDP board of directors for 10 years.

As founder and president of Fellowship and Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educators for 17 years, Branzell has drafted weekly Scripture readings, prayer prompts and devotionals for educators to use throughout the school year.

She is the author of several books on prayer, most recently “An Invitation to Prayer,” released in April. She holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Liberty University’s School of Divinity and an undergraduate degree in education and human development from the University of Georgia. She and her husband Russ have two children.

Branzell, in the NDP news release, stated, “The next generation is filled with the Holy Spirit and passionate about prayer. … We need them.” There isn’t a single generation nor “one ethnicity, one gathering or one person that could call this nation to prayer. The body of Christ is beautiful in reflecting every nation, tribe and tongue.

“Jesus never called us to go it alone,” Branzell said. “We will continue to reach out to every community and all denominations because we’re all the body of Christ.”

NDP reach

Floyd, in a mid-May recap of this year’s National Day of Prayer, wrote, “From Maine to Hawaii, sunrise to sunset, growth occurred … with nearly 60,000 National Day of Prayer observances held in towns, cities and counties across our nation.

“On social media, hashtags #NationalDayOfPrayer and #Love1Another trended #1 in the nation on Thursday, May 2, with more than 300,000 posts.

“With the introduction of new online media tracking tools, we have been able to track close to 19,000 articles and mentions promoting local events and encouraging millions to pray on the National Day of Prayer,” Floyd wrote on May 15.

Via DayStar Television and God TV, Floyd continued, “we took the message of prayer to most countries across the world as well as every state in the nation. Millions upon millions were called upon to pray for America and to Love One Another.”

The video of the National Day of Prayer observance in the U.S. Capitol has been viewed more than 700,000 times, Floyd added in his May 15 blog post. “We believe over the summer we will surpass over 1 million views and may even come near having 1.5 million views” of the two-hour event available at https://vimeo.com/334142030.

“This is a testament to everyone who was involved in any way, including attending and inviting a friend to a gathering, sharing online, organizing an event, and most importantly, praying for God’s blessing upon our nation,” Floyd wrote.

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Source: Baptist Press