Prayers go up on Monday
The 38th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast -- sponsored by Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Clinton Family YMCA – is being held at Clinton High School March 7-11. Breakfast in the cafeteria begins at 7:15 a.m, followed by the speaker in the main gym at 8. Clinton Middle School students will be taken by District 56 buses to Clinton Middle School every day after the program.
The Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School ‘Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ student organization is partnering with the Clinton Family YMCA in 2016 to offer the 38th Annual Community Prayer Breakfasts March 7 – 11.
The re-vamped event will be held at Clinton High School during their ‘flex schedule’ period of 8-8:40 am daily.
Breakfasts will be provided to School District 56 high school and middle school students at no charge while others will pay $3 daily. Breakfast will be served in the Clinton High School cafeteria beginning at 7:15 a.m. during the Prayer Breakfast week. The event, as always, is open to the public and the FCA organizations at both CHS and CMS along with the YMCA encourage ALL the citizens of Laurens County, and beyond, to attend.
Monday, March 7
JASON MCLEOD - Actor Brock Kelley from Facing the Giants
When Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, decided to make a movie, Jason McLeod landed the part of team captain Brock Kelley in the now internationally distributed Christian movie ‘FACING THE GIANTS’.
After the movie was produced, Jason went on to Georgia Southern University where he played football for the Eagles for two years. Before the release of the film, God called Jason to step away from football to pursue ministry. Jason had no idea how the Lord would later catapult that ministry with the release of FACING THE GIANTS in theaters across the nation as well as distribution in 56 other countries.
Jason also participated in Sherwood Pictures third feature film, FIREPROOF, in which he took on the role of rookie fireman Eric Harmon.
Best known for the inspirational “death crawl” scene, Jason shares a testimony of how his life was parallel with that of his character Brock. God used the movie to show him how he was living a life of mediocrity as a teenager. Jason has a unique gift of connecting with audiences of all ages and hopes to point people to a real and authentic relationship with Jesus Christ through biblical teaching.
Jason has a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Communication and Religion from Liberty University. He lives in Laurens with his wife, Meagan, and their son, Brooks, and new born child.
He is the associate pastor and minister of students at Chestnut Ridge Ridge Baptist Church.
Tuesday, March 8
DeCole Shoemate Robertson Lander Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
DeCole Shoemate Robertson, a native of San Diego, Calif., is in her fifth year as assistant coach for the Lady Bearcats at Lander University. A former Lander volunteer coach, who then served as the head coach at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga. for two seasons, Shoemate Robertson returned to Greenwood with a wealth of experience and expectations to help keep the women’s program heading in the right direction.
Coach Robertson has had a great and positive influence on the students, college community and region. Traveling through the summer, she shares her faith and serves at prominent FCA camps, such as Black Mountain, N.C.’s Multi-Sport Camp and St. Simon, Ga.’s Leadership Camp, where she strives to help promote the vision to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.
As a prep player at Battery Creek High School, Coach Shoemate Robertson led her high school team to the South Carolina 3-A State Championship. She was two-time Female Athlete of the Year, Player of the Year, and four-time All-Area and All-Regional Player. Named to the All-State team, she played in the North/South All-Star Game.
She signed and played Division I basketball at Florida International where she won a Sunbelt Conference Championship and made a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance. She transferred to Anderson University as then-head coach Kevin Pederson’s first signee.
Shoemate Robertson was an instrumental part of the team that led the nation in scoring at 85 points per game, and reach 100 pts. or more on four occasions.
During her stint at Anderson, she received All-Conference honors and a Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Championship. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Coach DeCole Shoemate Robertson was selected the Lakelands Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2014 Coach of the Year.
The Lakelands FCA Region includes approximately 39 middle school, high school and college ministries in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick counties as well as the Belton-Honea Path area of southern Anderson County. The award is in recognition of “outstanding spiritual leadership.”
Wednesday, March 9
Adrian Despres -- USC Football Chaplain
Adrian Despres combines passion, intellect and wit as he urges audiences — especially high school, college and young adults — to pursue their highest calling: to know and follow Jesus Christ wholeheartedly.
A gifted speaker, he delivers inspiring and challenging messages to reach those who are spiritually lost and in need of God – and likewise to engage those who are believers and in need of revival for a fully surrendered life.
Adrian became a Christian while playing football for Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and as of 2000, he serves as chaplain for the University of South Carolina’s football team.
With speaking engagements that span the globe each year, Adrian’s ministry reaches thousands with the gospel. He holds a Master of Divinity from Columbia International University. Adrian and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters and two sons.
Thursday, March 10
James ‘Mitch’ Mitchell -- Duke University
James "Mitch" Mitchell joined the Duke athletic department in January, 2009 and serves as the director of football development for the Blue Devil gridiron program.
Mitchell joined the Duke staff after serving six years as the team chaplain for the football, men's basketball and women's basketball programs at the University of Tennessee. Prior to his tenure with the Volunteers, Mitchell served as a National Director for Pro Athletes Outreach where he worked with both the NFL and Major League Baseball.
Other professional experience includes a stint as an Area Representative for the Fellowship of Athletes in Nashville, Tenn., and service as a Pastor of College/Career at Antiock Bible Church where he was the Director of Youth Departments while working as the chaplain for the men's basketball and women's volleyball teams at the University of Washington.
A 1984 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Mitchell also has an extensive background in college football having held assistant coaching positions at Central Arkansas, Arkansas, Southwest Baptist, Savannah State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Tennessee State. A member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., he also earned a master's degree in education from Southwest Baptist in 1989.
Mitchell and his wife, Valerie, have three daughters -- Asyia, Ashley and Andrea
Friday, March 11
Chris ‘Shep’ Shepherd -- Keep the Change, Inc.
C.L. “Shep” Shepherd proudly hails from the small town of Apopka, Florida. One of 15 siblings, Shep endured challenges that most would only encounter through the fictional medium of television. As a result, his transparent, unabashed testimony has captivated thousands, subsequently leading people to transformed lives in droves. His passion and devotion to seeing lives changed is evident in his speaking and mentoring. Moreover, his awe-inspiring message has led him to being one of the highest sought after communicators nationally in the sports, education, and spiritual world.
As a former football player who was blessed to have participated on every level of competition, he attended Florida Atlantic University, where he received his B.A. and was leader on his team that was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007. Upon graduation, Shep was also blessed to train in the National Football League. Despite his many achievements, he still was not satisfied...
Shep served as an FCA Character Coach for seven years, with tenures in Atlanta, GA, at the University of Michigan and University of Pittsburgh along the way.
Today, as the Founder and CEO of Keep the Change, Inc., Shep now desires to "make plays" off of the field, by making a difference in others' lives. As a nationally recognized chaplain, and character/life coach, Shep conveys this message to all people, regardless of race, gender, denomination, class or age demographic, igniting them to live a life of purpose, and to make every day count. His vision is to see the world of sports dominated by selfless leaders who walk much louder than they talk.