Pastors asked to identify at-risk young males with no fathers

Filed under DAYTONA BEACH

BY JAMES HARPER
DAYTONA TIMES

To address the root cause and the effect of fatherlessness in Florida and the nation, the Central Florida Dream Center is partnering with Promise Keepers, Harvest-Time International, Florida Men of Integrity, People of Purpose, local churches, ministries and businesses to bring healing and renewal to youth, families and communities.

Pastor Benjamin addresses the media on Sept. 12 at the Ocean Center.(PHOTOS COURTESY OF STU WALTHERS)

Pastor Benjamin addresses the media on Sept. 12 at the Ocean Center.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF STU WALTHERS)

Pastor Paul Benjamin, CEO of Central Florida Dream Center and Pastor Stu Walthers, Love Sanford Project, organizers of the project, were in Daytona Beach on Sept. 12 and met with Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry and Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett, local pastors and leaders from various groups at a luncheon at the Ocean Center. The event was to promote the mentoring initiative for youths from fatherless homes.

Partnering with Promise Keepers
Mayors Henry and Triplett joined together to ask area pastors to identify at-risk young males, ages 12 and older and mentors for them.

The mayors hope to have youths and mentors selected for the Promise Keepers’ conference in Daytona Beach on Oct. 25-26.

Promise Keepers, a nonprofit Christian organization for men, has chosen the Ocean Center for one of its 2013 national men’s conferences.

Since its founding in 1990, Promise Keepers has reached more than 6 million men through conferences in the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

Sanford Pastors Paul Benjamin and Stu Walthers are shown with Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry at the Ocean Center.

Sanford Pastors Paul Benjamin and Stu Walthers are shown with Sanford Mayor Jeff Triplett and Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry at the Ocean Center.

The “Awakening the Warrior” conference is expected to draw 5,000 to 7,000 attendees.

Conference speakers
The speakers for next month’s conference will include:

• Miles McPherson, author of “Do Something: Make Your Life Count,” founder and president of the outreach ministry Miles Ahead, and a former defensive back with the San Diego Chargers
• Gary Rosberg, an author, radio host and cofounder of the international ministry America’s Family Coaches
• Rick Rigsby, a former television reporter and college professor
• Dan Seaborn, founder of the ministry Winning at Home
• Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
• Dr. Raleigh Washington, president and CEO of Promise Keepers
Gospel rapper Propaganda will emcee the event. Other performers include vocalist Jeremy Camp and comedian Michael Jr.

For more information on the mentoring initiative, contact Walthers at 407-915-4247 ext. 301 or Benjamin at 407-302-0880 ext. 108 or through his website at www.cfdreamcenter.org.

For more information on Promise Keepers, visit www.promisekeepers.org.

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