Hands Free Mama founder, Katinas headline Tennessee Prayer Breakfast

Rachel Macy StaffordThe Citizens Committee will host the 40th annual Tennessee Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, April 8 on the campus of Lipscomb University. Rachel Macy Stafford, founder of Hands Free Mama, is the keynote speaker. Remarks by Tennessee governor Bill Haslam, a performance by the Dove Award-winning group, the Katinas and the Nashville Choir will also be featured at the breakfast.

The breakfast will take place from 7-8:30 a.m. in Allen Arena, located on the Lipscomb campus. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. Tickets are $35 each or $350 for a table of 10 and may be purchased at www.tennesseeprayerbreakfast.org.

Stafford is a certified special education teacher with a master’s degree in education and ten years' experience working with parents and children. In December 2010, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of daily distraction and grasp what really matters by creating the blog, “Hands Free Mama.” Her journey to let go distraction, perfection, and societal pressure to grasp what really matters may be followed at www.handsfreemama.com. Stafford’s book, "Hands Free Mama," published by Zondervan, was released in January.

More than 21 years ago, five Katina brothers formed the Katinas and have been sharing their Christian message around the world. The brothers, natives of American Samoa, sang in church as children, and moved up to open for artists such as Jasmine Guy, DC Talk and Amy Grant. Since that time, they have produced 10 albums and have partnered with a variety of ministry organizations including Samaritan’s Purse, Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades, Compassion International and World Vision.

KatinasThe Tennessee Prayer Breakfast is presented annually by The Citizens’ Committee, which is a volunteer group of Christian business leaders, elected officials, and ministry leaders. Past participants have included Nicole C. Mullen, Phil Vischer, Richard Stearns, Michael W. Smith, Tom Landry, Charles Colson, Elizabeth Dole, Charles Swindoll, Franklin Graham, Anne Graham Lotz, and Scott Hamilton.  Guest performers have included Mandisa, Melinda Doolittle, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Allison Krauss, CeCe Winans, Larnelle Harris, Josh Turner, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the Gaither Vocal Band.

For more information, visit www.tennesseeprayerbreakfast.org or e-mail tnprayerbreakfast@gmail.com.