Cry Out America gaining new partners
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Aug 06, 2014 | 1031 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Cry Out America committee members are finding encouragement in the number of people who have committed to participating in the Sept. 11 prayer event in some way.

Cry Out America National Coordinator Kay Horner told the committee Monday that Southern Heritage Bank committed up to $1,000 to help with advertising costs during the meeting.

Many community leaders have agreed to pray over specific groups of students or the community during the 90-minute event.

North Lee Elementary Principal Nat Akiona, Lee University School of Religion Dean Terry Cross, Lee University student Zach Clevenger, Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Martin Ringstaff, Tennessee Christian Preparatory School President Bill Balzano, Dr. Tammy Johnson, Christina Edwards, Pentecostal Theological Seminary President Lamar Vest, Kaley and Erica Tuttle, Candies Creek Church youth pastor Jonathan Kyle, home-school parent Deidra Ludwick and Edwina Robinson have agreed to lead prayers for specific groups.

The youth choirs from Westmore Church of God and First Baptist Cleveland will be leading in worship at the event. Co-coordinator Pastor Phil Griffin of The Church at Grace Point will open the program and his 11-year-old daughter will read a passage of Scripture about teachers.

Co-coordinator Iris Ray said Robert Green, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Ocoee Region director, will be talking to group leaders about leading student prayer in their school at some point on Sept. 11.

Some athletic events that night are also planning a patriotic moment and prayer during halftime.

Other ways to create awareness about the event are also being pursued. Griffin said he will be organizing a prayer tent at the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. Lee University student Zach Clevenger said he would work on getting the word out to Lee university students.

The committee is also reaching out to existing prayer groups soliciting participation in the event.

Churches are coming together to let teachers know which day they are to be prayed for. Prayer walks have already been held at each of the local high schools.

The yearly event focuses on crying out to God for this country and asking for awakening and spiritual renewal.

Resources about the event for churches are available at

This year the event will be held at Lee University’s Conn Center at 7 p.m.