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7th Annual PrayerWorks Luncheon
Westin Oaks Hotel Galleria

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7th Annual PrayerWorks Luncheon

7th Annual PrayerWorks Luncheon
Westin Oaks Hotel Galleria

Keywords: prayer,luncheon,Pastor Suzette T. Caldwell,Mayor Sylvester Turner,Judge Ed Emmett,community affairs


PrayerWorks L uncheon


Raffle Review 11:00 a.m.
Luncheon 11:30 a.m.


L eadership For T he F uture


It is with great joy that I welcome you to the Seventh Annual Prayer Works Luncheon. I
hope that the months of planning for today’s event demonstrate how much we appreciate
you and value your decision to be present. I encourage you to take full advantage of all
the good things that are in store for you during the next 90 minutes!

The Prayer Works Luncheon provides the opportunity to hit the pause button and praise the
Lord for His faithfulness, celebrate prayer results, honor those who walk boldly in prayer,

lift up college students with scholarships and raise funds to increase the power of prayer
worldwide. This year is particularly special as we reflect on Hurricane Harvey and
applaud the leadership that helped bring our city effectively through the storm.

The Prayer Institute has been in existence for 23 years. Hallel-Yah! The Lord
has never taken His hands off of our organization or our mission to pray and
teach people – more than 15,000 to date – how to pray using the Lord’s Prayer as the model. He has
blessed us to reach out to the community with relevant, life-altering services which include:

• The ONE Project, an online network of 800 Partners in Prayer who pray each day
for our city, nation and world;

• Praying to Change Your Life courses and materials;
• Bible studies in Memorial Houston and The Woodlands;
• Prayer walks in schools, neighborhoods and places of business;
• A new Boots on the Ground initiative that trains Education and Healthcare

professionals to pray in their workplaces;
• The online distribution of daily blessings and prayers to 15,000-plus followers

through social media channels;
• Scholarships for deserving, praying students; and
• The Power Prayer Line.

We are grateful that our vision to “take the world by prayer” becomes achievable with financial support.
If your life has been touched by prayer, and I don’t know whose hasn’t, we will provide you with options
to give to The Prayer Institute before you leave today. Rest assured that your gift will be treated with the
stewardship it deserves.

Thank you, again, for being here today, for giving God glory and for honoring prayer through The Prayer
Institute. May the Lord answer all your prayers. (Psalm 20:5)

God bless you!
Pastor Suzette T. Caldwell
Board Chair and President


PrayerWorks Luncheon


Lunch is Served
“Taking the World by Prayer!”

Pastor Suzette Caldwell
Dr. Charnette Taylor

The Prayer Institute Scholarships
The Gussie L. Turner Awards

Mayor Sylvester Turner
J u d g e E d E mm e t t

The Raffle
Closing Remarks & Prayer

Music by The Darrel Johnson Group


T he Gussie L . Turner Award

Pastor, professional counselor, civil rights leader, prayer warrior,
and mother are just a few words that describe Gussie Lee Turner.
She fervently believed in the power of prayer. Pastor Turner based
her ministry, her work and her very life on that belief. In 1972, Turner
started a small Bible study in her home for college students who
attended Arkansas State University. Through word of mouth it grew
into a well-respected ministry in Jonesboro, Arkansas called Jesus
Unlimited, Inc. People from all walks of life crowded into her home for
the “Thursday Night Share Group,” as it was lovingly known, to listen
to her teach from the Bible and to receive prayer for a variety of needs.
Through her ministry, countless lives were healed and transformed.

Considered a beacon of light in her community, Turner was a champion
for people. She frequently visited the sick and shut-in, advocated for the disenfranchised of all ethnicities,
and opened her home to anyone who needed a meal, prayer, or just a safe haven. She knew no strangers.

While raising her two daughters as a single mother, Turner completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Sociology and Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling at Arkansas State University. Over the
course of her successful career, she served as a social worker at the George W. Jackson Mental Health
Center and the Jonesboro Public School District. As Director of the Crowley’s Ridge Development Council
Alcohol and Drug program, she was honored by former First Lady Nancy Reagan for her development
and implementation of the Channel 1 Alcohol Prevention Program and she served with former Arkansas
First Lady Hillary Clinton to develop mental health initiatives for the state of Arkansas. Turner ended her
accomplished career as a Student Life Counselor at the Arkansas State University Counseling Center
where she provided academic and career counseling. An iconic leader in her community, Turner is
remembered as a woman of integrity, faith, and compassion.


Leading T he Way

Pastor Suzette Caldwell was called to pray at an early age and has
been a long-time student of prayer. She is a celebrated spiritual
leader, teacher and powerful and dynamic preacher with a Kingdom
mindset and an anointing to change lives. A published author, her
books include: Praying to Change Your Life, Kingdom Words to Change
Your Life, I Can Pray, What Would Jesus Say: Biblical Confessions for
Teens, Kingdom Words to Change a Teen’s Life: Biblical Confessions
for Parents and Guardians to Speak Over a Teen.

A wise leader once said, “Perhaps the most powerful prayer in human
language is help.” We welcome you to visit to learn
more about The Prayer Institute and explore how you can become a
friend and help support us today.



2018 Honoree

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Elected in December 2015, Sylvester Turner is serving his first four-
year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. Since taking office, Mayor Turner
eliminated a $160 million budget shortfall in record time; led the city’s
remarkable rebound from Hurricane Harvey; championed historic
pension reform; cheered on the 2017 World Series-winning Houston
Astros; hosted a successful Super Bowl LI; expanded municipal
investments in renewable energy and led the winning bid to host the
World Petroleum Congress in 2020.

As the head of the energy capital of the world and the most diverse city
in the nation, Mayor Turner has brought a performance-driven approach
to the job, creating more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery
of city services while shoring up Houston’s financial future.

Mayor Turner’s civic leadership has been nationally recognized through his service as a member of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors Transportation and Communications Standing Committee, vice chair of the
National Climate Action Agenda, member of the C40 and Global Covenant for Mayors for Climate and
Energy and an advisory board member of the African American Mayors Association. He is also the recipient
of the Ohtli Award, the Mexican government’s highest honor. Turner has been featured in publications and
news outlets such as 60 Minutes, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, FOX News, Wall Street Journal, Black Enterprise
Magazine, Cuba Today Magazine, Ebony, New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today.

Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up
with eight siblings. He is a graduate of the University of Houston and earned a law degree from Harvard
University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. and later founded the Barnes & Turner
Law Firm.

Mayor Turner is the proud father of First Daughter Ashley Turner, who is continuing the family tradition of
public service in the healthcare field.


2018 Honoree

Judge Ed Emmett

Edward M. Emmett became Harris County Judge on March 6, 2007.

A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1979 to 1987,
Judge Emmett was chairman of the Committee on Energy, a member of
the Transportation Committee, and represented the state on numerous
national committees relating to energy and transportation policy.

In 1989, President George H. W. Bush nominated Emmett as a
Commissioner at the Interstate Commerce Commission. After being
confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate, Judge Emmett
served on the commission for three years.

Judge Emmett has received international recognition for his work
in transportation and logistics policy. He was named Transportation
Person of the Year by Transportation Clubs International and one of the Top 20 Logistics Professionals by
Logistics Forum.

County Judge Emmett, working with the county commissioners, manages the nation’s third-largest county.
He also is director of Harris County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, chairman
of the Harris County Juvenile Board and chairman of the Conference of Urban Counties Policy Committee.

Judge Emmett attended Bellaire High School. He graduated from Rice University in 1971 with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Economics and from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 with a Master of Public
Affairs degree.

Judge Emmett has received numerous awards and honors, including Distinguished Alumnus of Rice
University, the Distinguished Public Service Award from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs,
and the Presidential Call to Service Award.

Judge Emmett and his wife, Gwen, have been married for 43 years and have four children and 13


Investment In T he Future

2018 Prayer Institute
College Scholarship Recipients

Jordan Nicole Reed Morgan Jackson William Minter, III

U of H Honors College Xavier University Vanderbilt University
Major – Psychology Major – Political Science Major – Health Policy

Regan A. Williams Chelsea Simone Poe

Louisiana State University University of Texas – Arlington
Major – Civil Engineering Major – Nursing


Host Committee

Cara and Lance Berkman
Genora and Dwight Boykins

Jane Costello
Jeannie and Darren Crowell

Cindy Haley
Stephanie and Mark Hamilton

Argentina and Roger Harris
Kathleen and Joseph High

Barbara Hudson
Jennifer and Kevin Jackson
Zona and Howard Jefferson
Thomasine and George Johnson
Deborah and Floyd LeBlanc
Mary and Paul McDonald
Melba and J. Otis Mitchell

Charlotte and Bobby Orr
Krysynthia and Nathaniel Rido
Dr. Wanda Mott and Bill Russell

Jacquetta and Vernon Smith
Aimee and Wynne Snoots
Tull Thornton

Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss


A Stronger Future!

Thank You For Doing Your Part

Diamond Sponsor $25,000.00 Silver $3000.00

Robert and Janice McNair Foundation CenterPoint Energy
Stephanie and Mark Hamilton
Platinum $10,000.00 Kathleen and Joseph High
Maria and Stu Lunn
Suzette and Kirbyjon Caldwell Jacquetta and Vernon Smith
HEB Corporation
Cimarron – Jeanie and Darren Crowell Bronze $2000.00
Deborah and Floyd LeBlanc
Aimee and Wynn Snoots Genora and Dwight Boykins
Jane Costello
Gold $5,000.00 Cindy Haley
Barbara Hudson
Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss Jennifer and Kevin Jackson
Cara and Lance Berkman Zona and Howard Jefferson
First Presbyterian Church, Houston Sonny and Jodie Jiles
Argentina and Roger Harris Paul and Mary McDonald
South Keller Corporation Melba and J. Otis Mitchell
Tull Thornton Dr. Wanda Mott and Bill Russell
Uptown Houston District United Methodist South District
James and Carletta Williams Windsor Village Church Family
The Kingdom Builders' Center
Cara Berkman, Stephanie Hamilton,
Charlotte Orr
Thomasine and George Johnson and
JW Construction

Sponsors at the time of printing


T hank You! our Underwriters and Sponsors


Aimee and Wynne Snoots

Southeast Keller Corporation

Deborah & Floyd LeBlanc


Cara and Lance Berkman



Martha Turner and Glenn Bauguss

Mr. Tull Thornton

Argentina & Roger Harris


Board of Directors
Board Chair and President
Pastor Suzette Caldwell

Jane Costello
Joseph C. High
Floyd LeBlanc
Jacquetta Smith
Interim Executive Director
Pastor Suzette Caldwell
Special Thanks Graphics
The Crystal Showcase
The 3M Video Production
Hiram Style, Inc.
Dianna Nessbaum
The Luncheon Planning Committee
Jeanie Crowell
Argentina James
Brenda Marshall
Georgetta Scott
Jacquetta Smith
Aimee Snoots
Kristin Stomberg


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