Why Lee Herrin is Involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Why are you involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

HerrinLee Herrin, SR. Account Executive, Pinnacle Business Systems had this to say:

When my parents divorced early in my life, it meant that I split time between two worlds. In one world there was no church or prayer or any mention of God. In the other, my father’s world, we prayed and attended church. Living in these two worlds throughout my childhood created a paradox for me. I believed in God but I did not know what a personal relationship with Christ looked like or felt like.

As I grew older I stopped attending church. My experiences with churches had varied wildly but in many of them I saw hypocrisy, pettiness, and many things that did not seem godly. I saw in many churches simply organizations that existed in a community.

There came a time in my life where I felt lost and broken. Circumstances and my own choices had created in me a deep pain. I felt lost. I felt broken. As a last resort, I began to pray.

I had never ceased praying altogether, but had continued to pray infrequently – most typically in times of trouble. In this broken part of my life I turned to God completely. I surrendered and began to seek God’s will for me rather than my will for God. I invited Christ to dwell inside of me. Prayer worked. Life was better. There was no confetti, but there was calm.

Prayer then became a more frequent and sincere part of my life. As I spent more time in prayer, my faith grew.  As I grew in my Faith, God began to bring me into contact with amazing people. I call them “Happy Christians” and they were glimpses of what a life of Faith is supposed to look like. I found them in my little league football parents group. I found them at work. I found them in my customer accounts. Each time I began to share openly with these people, and made space for them to share with me, I grew a little more in my own Faith.

4ab33ed9-98a7-4c2a-806f-fe2e0ebe0785-largeYears ago I avoided exhibiting my Faith in any way or in conversation, thinking that I may offend someone. If these Happy Christians had lived their lives in that way I would not have known what my life could be, and is today.

We are very thankful for Lee and his willingness to be Prayer Team Chair for the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Why Steve Helms is Involved in the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

Why are you involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Steve Helms, Account Executive at Anaplan  had this to say:

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I am involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast because something happened. Something important.

The DFW Technology community spends a lot of time talking about important things. What leader built a powerful company, which great thinker developed a new technology, whose new venture will become this year’s breakout, what IPO is worth our attention, and whose strategy is going to disrupt the industry.

These are all things that make a direct impact on what we do professionally on a daily basis. All of those important things guide our decisions about who we work for, represent and do business. They shape our careers and lives. We also spend our time building relationships that help us on that journey. Regardless of who the relationship is with, we always learn from them. Whether it is a peer, an employee, a boss, or a mentor, these relationships inform us and shape who we become in our careers.

Now imagine that the CEO of your biggest customer reached out to you personally and asked to have a personal relationship with you.  Wouldn’t you respond immediately and give that invitation your full attention? Of course you would.  Why? Because that relationship and closeness will take your career to new heights. Knowing that this is true, then why not give that kind of attention to a far more important relationship?

God sent his Son Jesus Christ to save us. He came, he died, and he conquered sin & death for us.

It happened.

This is a lot more important than our latest technology product announcement, and just as important, Jesus Christ who is the “Chief Executive” of the Universe invites us to know Him personally!

After his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus invited his followers to “Come and have breakfast” and “Follow Me.” (John 21)

It happened.

The one who conquered death wants to spend time with you.  How you respond could be the most important decision you make. Come have breakfast with us on September 30.

We are very thankful for Steve, who helps lead the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Why Shawn Tuma is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Shawn Tuma

Shawn Tuma, Partner
Scheef & Stone, L.L.P.

Shawn Tuma, Partner at Scheef & Stone, L.L.P., had this to say:

It’s the feeling that I got when I first walked into the building. It’s the overwhelming presence of the Lord that told me I was in the right place and needed to be a part of it.

It was a feeling that I had experienced before and I knew that I could not ignore it. In the spring of 1996, I visited Regent University to see if that was the right place for me to attend law school. When I placed my foot on the ground to step out of the cab at the front gates of Regent, I felt that same feeling. The chills, feeling of warmth, the hair standing up on the back of your neck. You know, the feeling you get when you enter into a place that is filled with the Spirit of the Lord. At that moment, I knew that I was in the right place and there no doubt whatsoever. In hindsight, attending Regent University School of Law was one of the very best decisions I have ever made.

In the fall of 2014, my friend Robert Hunt invited me to be a guest at his table for the 2014 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. Bright and early on September 26, 2014, I arrived at the Irving Convention Center having no idea of what to expect. As I walked up to the building, all I could tell was that the place was huge and insecure feeling of knowing nobody, except Robert, in a building full of people, was knawing away at me.

Then I opened the door and walked in. At that moment, the feeling hit me and everything was just right. I could feel the presence of the Lord and I knew that I was in the right place. I was quickly greeted with coffee and smiling friendly faces that made me feel right at home. The more time that passed, the more I knew just how special this event was. By the end of the Breakfast, I knew that I had to be a part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast going forward and committed to both volunteer and purchase a table for 10 people for 2015.

Today was the 2015 Prayer Breakfast. It was absolutely amazing! As I entered the building, I felt the same Sprit that I felt last year. The speakers’ messages were perfect and I could see that many people’s hearts were touched, believers and non-believers alike. It was also very fulfilling to see how much the nine guests I invited to my table were enjoying themselves. I can only wonder if any of them were impacted the same way I was last year, and whether they will have their own tables next year — with nine more guests each! Isn’t it amazing to see just how easily God can expand this exponentially?

It just doesn’t get any better than this! I am excited to be a part of the 2016 Prayer Breakfast and I hope to see you there!

We are very thankful for Shawn, who is one of our great volunteers and served as Chair of the Communications Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us for an even better event in 2016!

Why Robert Hunt is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

RobertRobert Hunt, Owner of Renaissance Executive Forums Dallas,  had this to say:

I do not have a line between my work and faith and I am part of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast because it is an event that celebrates the marriage of the two. My faith in Jesus Christ weaves in and out seamlessly through my work because it is the foundation of what I think and do. I don’t have a way to shut it off to meet certain situations any more than I can turn off being a Husband or Father. And frankly, I don’t see a reason I would want to. People are looking for what I have and I am happy to share it with them.
I have found that most people are searching for something MORE out of life. Many have a longing in their hearts that never seems to be satisfied. They search for peace and joy but it always seems just beyond their reach. We spend most of our lives working. Whether we’re thinking about it, going to or from it, or actually doing the work, it takes up the majority of our lives. Why would anyone hold back their faith during all this?
I have been given a place of influence in the lives of Owners and CEO’s here in DFW, and GOD expects me to live boldly for Him so others will know the life-changing message of a hope that is found in Jesus Christ. Someday, I will stand before my GOD and be accountable for the opportunities He placed in my life. I want to be found worthy of the marriage, children, friends, and work He has given me to care for. That is also what I want for you.
Join me and over 500 Technology and Business Leaders this year at the Irving Convention Center to hear what GOD is doing in our lives. If you do not know the GOD of the Bible in a personal way, come hear and believe. If you are a part of God’s family, come be inspired to live boldly so others will see your faith and seek to know GOD themselves. There is a seat for you if you want one and I’m praying you will join us.

We are very thankful for Robert, who is one of our great volunteers serving as Chair of the Sponsorship Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please contact one of the volunteers directly or fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Why Jeff Clement is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Jeff ClementJeff Clement, Managing Director of 3Ci,  and Director and Founder of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast had this to say:

There are many reasons why I find organized religion intrusive, unfriendly and overbearing.  I am NOT supporting the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast to be any of those things.   Despite what man has done to organized religion, I am supporting and pushing a pure pursuit of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  This and this alone is life changing – and it changed my life and it has changed many people’s life throughout our technology community.

However, you probably do not know that.  You probably have never heard the “who” and the “why.”  Because before now, there were limited opportunities for those in the technology community to share their faith in a venue that was considered appropriate and open.

I want to change that and have been working hard to do so.  I want you to know the ‘who,” the “why,”  and the “how.”   There is no money in it for me or others who support our efforts.  We do it for you – because you should hear the authentic truth without any distractions of religion, ritual or tradition.  You should hear the truth of how a BIG God is personal in His love.  Personal in His efforts and personal in His pursuit of you knowing Him (he already knows you)!!!!

Just come and see!  No pressure.  No push.  Just come and see! Please.  If you are interested in attending the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast, please email me at [email protected].  I will save a seat for you.

We are very thankful for Jeff, who founded this great event and continues to be one of our great volunteers serving as Committee Chairman for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please contact one of the volunteers directly or fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Why Ryan Adair is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

Ryan AdairRyan Adair, Director of Business Development of Fortis Talent, LLC, had this to say:

I first heard about the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast while sitting across from a prospective client at lunch. He went on and on about the profound effect the Prayer Breakfast had on him and hundreds of others. His story inspired me to learn more and to get involved.

I was new to the corporate world of IT but it was important to me to find kingdom purpose in my career. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says that “He uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.” I believe that the knowledge of Jesus Christ is something to pursue with our lives and to diffuse to the world around us.

I am so excited to be a part of an event that will draw women and men to Jesus and will minister His heart to my friends and coworkers.

We are very thankful for Ryan, who is one of our great volunteers serving as Chair of the Program Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast. There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!

Why John Cole is involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast.

“Why am I involved with the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast?”

John Cole

John Cole

That is the question that some of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast volunteers were asked to consider.

John Cole, Managing Partner of Farr Systems, had this to say:

Initially, I was drawn by the idea that we could leverage a program in the DFW Metroplex which had enjoyed so much growth and success in Atlanta.

Then, I was encouraged by wonderful Christian leaders that God brought together to launch our first Prayer Breakfast in 2014.

Now that I’ve seen how this event has touched lives, I’m even more convinced that we need to keep this outreach growing.

We are very thankful for John, who is one of our great volunteers serving as C0-Chair of the Merv Tarde Award Committee for the 2015 DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast, and who has helped establish the Merv Tarde Values in Leadership Circle.

There is plenty of room for you too, so please fill out the information on our Volunteer Page and come join us!