Calhoun Prayer Conference 2016

Four of us from SW Central and three from Central in Baytown made the journey to Calhoun and West Monroe for the 15th time for the annual Prayer Enrichment Workshop. Our speakers were generally very familiar to those who have gone before, and as usual their messages were challenging and on target.

Going from Southwest Central were Novelene B, Merci M, Ruth N, and Steve Sandifer. We usually leave Houston at 9:00, stop along the way for lunch and bathroom breaks, and check into our West Monroe Motel around 4:00. The church bus with its spacious interior and semi-reclining seats allows our folks to ride in comfort. The fun question is always, “where do you want to eat.”

The formal program began with a Friday evening presentation by Dr. David Butts. Butts, a frequent presenter at the workshop, is the president of Harvest Prayer Ministries and the chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee. His presentations always talk about the power of prayer and answered prayer. Butts made three additional presentations on Saturday before leaving on a flight to Washington for a Sunday meeting related to the National Day of Prayer.

Another frequent speaker is Dr. Albert Lemmons from Nashville. Albert taught a Friday afternoon class on the “Prayer of Faith” as well as a presentation on Saturday. His encyclopedic knowledge of scripture is more than impressive. Many of his materials can be found on his website,

John Dobbs of the Forsythe Church in Monroe, Jack Kovnas of Mannford, Oklahoma, and Keith Roberts who preaches for the Calhoun church rounded out our speakers.

One of the joys of this conference is that it all takes place within the confines of this small country church, so no hiking across campus is required. The church also feeds us every meal on Saturday and Sunday, including some of the best gumbo and fried fish you have ever eaten. Prayer, fellowship, and food – makes for a wonderful weekend. Put September 8-10, 2017, on your calendar.