National Day of Prayer observances planned


SUMMERDALE, Alabama -- National Day of Prayer observances are being planned for Thursday, May 2 in the central Baldwin area.

According to its website,, the National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863.

In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Harry S Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Nationally, this year’s theme is “Love One Another” based on John 13:34, “Love one another, just as I have loved you.”

Central Baldwin Chamber

The Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce’s 15th annual Prayer Breakfast will be held in the training center at Baldwin EMC, 19600 Alabama 59, Summerdale.

This year’s theme is from Psalms 104:1, “Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, though art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.” Presenting sponsor is Baldwin EMC, breakfast will be served beginning at 6:30 a.m., followed by a program at 7 a.m.

Baldwin County Sheriff Huey “Hoss” Mack began the Chamber’s Prayer Breakfast 13 years ago when he served as chairman of the Chamber Board.

Featured speaker for this year’s event is Evangelist R.V. Brown, founder and president of Outreach to America’s Youth Inc.

A native of Cayce, South Carolina, Brown is the 16th of 17 brothers and sisters. He attended Airport high School, where he lettered in five sports.

He received his B.S. degree from South Carolina State University. He played football all four years. He received certificates of training from Community Intervention Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also received a certificate from Morehouse School of Medicine and Drug Abuse in the Community.

Brown taught special education for several years in the Chattanooga Public School System. During that time he coached football and girls’ basketball at Brainerd High School. He also coached football, basketball, wrestling, and baseball at Howard High School and he coached football at Hixson High School. He was voted Baseball Coach of the Year for Chattanooga City Schools in 1983.

Brown accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior November of 1977. In 1988 the Lord called him into full time evangelism and gave him the vision to found Outreach To America's Youth Inc. Brown travels throughout the world sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people.

He carries the message of O.T.A.Y to churches, prisons, retreats, camps, conferences, and college campuses. Brown conducts “Breaking The Chain” school assemblies in middle and high schools. He will also be speaking to several schools while in the area.

In 2003, he received the honor of being inducted into the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Hall of Champions.

Brown is the author of the workbook, “Breaking The Chain.” This book is used to teach students in small group settings. On Father's Day weekend of 2005, he released a new book, "Step Up To The Plate, Dad!" Additionally, Brown just released his new book “Commission To PRAY For A Nation” in January.

He currently resides in the Tampa, Florida, area with his wife, Frances, and their two children, Xavier and Sommer.

For more information or to purchase tickets call the Chamber at 251-947-2626.


The town of Summerdale will host its 28th Annual Day of Prayer service beginning at noon at the Summerdale Municipal Complex, 502 Lee St., a half-block off Alabama 59, in Summerdale.

Guest speaker for this year’s service is Baldwin County Sheriff Huey Hoss Mack.

Born in Escambia County, Alabama, Mack moved with his family to Baldwin County when he was six months old.

He graduated from Robertsdale High School and attended Faulkner State Community College (now known as Coastal Alabama Community College) earning an associate degree in criminal justice. While at Faulkner he was a Student Government Association Representative. He then attended and graduated from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He later returned to Troy and earned a master’s degree in human resource management.

He went to work with the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in 1985 as a medical examiner field agent. He later worked as a forensic investigator and was promoted to chief forensic investigator of the Mobile Laboratory. He holds a crime scene analyst certification by the International Association for Identification.

Mack was hired by the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office in 1989 as a criminal investigator and was tasked with crime scene responsibilities. In 1995 he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant over the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of captain and designated the chief investigator of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Mack unseated Sheriff Jimmy Johnson in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

He is the past president of the Alabama Sheriff's Association. Mack is on the National Sheriff's Association Board of Directors, Training Committee, and the Immigration and Border Security Committee. He is a graduate of the National Sheriff's Institute, Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Southeastern Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the Alabama Law Institute for Sheriff's.

Among other awards and accomplishments, Mack is the past president of the Robertsdale Rotary Club, past chairman of the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, past Board member of the Baldwin County Economic Alliance, past lay leader of the Robertsdale United Methodist Church and past Board member of the Boy Scouts of America. He has been awarded the Paul Harris Award by Rotary International, the Service Above Self, and Rotarian of the Year award. In 2006 he was chosen as the Central Baldwin Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year.

Mack and his wife Sherri live in Silverhill and own and operate Mack Funeral Home in Robertsdale. They are members of Robertsdale United Methodist Church and have two grown sons, Jared and James.

Following the service, a complimentary lunch will be provided. For more information call 251-979-8500.