Kathy Branzell serves as the President of the National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force. She has served as a longtime member of the Board of Directors, having led and served alongside Vonette Bright, Shirley Dobson, Anne Graham-Lotz, and Dr. Ronnie Floyd. Responding to a question about her history with NDP, Kathy remarked, “For 19 years, I have had the privilege of loving and serving these amazing NDP leaders, supporters, staff and coordinators – including taking part in the ministry’s D.C. events, Summits, National Bus Tours, and philanthropy and partnership efforts. It’s been an amazing journey, and I believe that the best is yet to come!”
“Kathy is a great choice (for President),” said Shirley Dobson, in a recent interview with The Streamat this year’s NDP U.S. Capitol prayer event. Mrs. Dobson served as NDP chairman for 25 years, stepping down in 2016. “She is a young woman of prayer who has a lot of energy. She knows all the volunteers, national area leaders and the 50 state coordinators. I’ve always lived by the slogan Where God guides, God provides — and he will provide for her.”
Reflecting on the future of the NDP Task Force under her leadership, Mrs. Branzell believes that, “The next generation is filled with the Holy Spirit and passionate about prayer. I want to hear more from them and spotlight what they’re doing. Maybe we’ll talk less about Washington, and more about the whole nation and all the prayers being lifted up. We need them. We would be foolish if we thought there was one generation, one ethnicity, one gathering, or one person that could call this nation to prayer. The Body of Christ is beautiful in reflecting every nation, tribe and tongue. Jesus never called us to go it alone. He never sent his disciples out alone. We will continue to reach out to every community and all denominations, because we’re all the Body of Christ.”
Along with her work on behalf of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, she is the founder and president of Fellowship and Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educatorswhere she authored seventeen years of weekly scripture reading, prayer prompts and devotionals for educators to use to use in their weekly prayer meetings throughout the school year.She is the author/co-author of five books including, An Invitation to Prayer; Developing a Lifestyle of Intimacy with God; 40 Days of Love: A Prayer-Care-Share Devotional; Prayer Warrior: the Battle Plan to Victory;An Apple a Day: 365 Day devotional for Teachers; and A Prayer Warrior's Guide to Spiritual Battle. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education and Human Development from the University of Georgia, and her master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. She has served as a Rapid Response Chaplin for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association,and the National Coordinator of LOVE2020 and National Facilitator for the Mission America Coalition (Now The Table Coalition)
Having raised two children with her husband Russ, Kathy lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She plans for the prayer ministry to continue as a remote team, as several NDP staff are based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Her fifth book, a devotional entitled An Invitation to Prayer (BroadStreet), released this year.
Lisa Crump serves as the Vice-President of Volunteer Mobilization and Liaison to Prayer Ministries for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Lisa completed her Bachelors in Organizational Management, Human Resources Emphasis from Colorado Christian University, earning the Professional of Human Resources designation.
Lisa served at the international ministry of Focus on the Family, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado for 10 years. There, she spent several years staffing employment positions for the ministry. She went on to serve as National Volunteer Manager at Focus and has worked with volunteers now for over 17 years. “I was drawn to move from a business function that supported ministry to being in the trenches directly, knowing it would be stretch me immensely and keep me at the feet of the cross.
In 2003 God opened the door for Lisa to serve with National Day of Prayer Task Force under Chairman Mrs. Shirley Dobson, where she has been both blessed and yet stretched spiritually beyond any expectation. In her role, Lisa has the honor of serving with the nation-wide coordinator network consisting of thousands of volunteers across America working to call our nation to prayer. These intercessors are zealous in the power of prayer to impact our nation from family to government, education to marketplace, church to military and beyond. This network mobilizes unified public prayer on the First Thursday of May.
Dion is the Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations for the National Day of Prayer. He is a visionary leader, and is passionate about equipping, encouraging, and engaging the church, and individual believers in passionate, effective, fervent prayer.
Prior to joining the National Day of Prayer Task Force, he served as a senior pastor, was a leader in both Fortune 500 corporations and in small-business, specializing in leadership, creative strategy, and marketing. Dion served for several years with Focus on the Family, and worked on the creative development and marketing of a wide variety of films, books, magazines, and programming, including the popular Adventures in Odyssey series. He was also a pioneer in Focus on the Family’s International efforts, working to establish ministry outreaches in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore.
Dion is a gifted teacher and speaker, and co-author of the book The Front Line (A Prayer Warrior's Guide to Spiritual Battle). He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mick serves as the Assistant Director of Volunteer Mobilization and Customer Service Representative for the National Day of Prayer. Working alongside his wife Lisa, they enlist new volunteers, churches, and organizations to lead prayer gatherings across America. Mick has a passion for helping our volunteer leaders and constituents, and will most often be the friendly voice on the other end of the phone, helping when they call in.