Mayor's Prayer Breakfast features Hunter Smith as keynote speaker

Former Colts punter Hunter Smith served as keynote speaker this morning at the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast as part of the National Day of Prayer festivities. Moody Radio's Ray Hashley introduced speakers throughout the morning and the New Mission Church Praise team.

Mayor Steve Collier provided a 2019 Proclamation in honor of the occasion, an event recognized since President Harry Truman authorized the first National Day of Prayer in 1952. President Ronald Reagan declared the first Thursday in May as the on-going and official day in 1988. Public Safety Chaplain Mel Keaton organized the event and said 16 different churches took part in preparing and serving 130 guests.



The program started this morning with a stunning rendition of the National Anthem by Kelly Jo Nibbs, from New Mission's Praise Team. After the mayor's proclamation, four individuals provided prayers: Common Council Vice President Tom Shevlot prayed for the city and state government officials; Chaplain Drayton Travis, from Good News Church prayed for the Lawrence community, schools, businesses and homes; Lawrence Apotolic Chaplain Terry Long focused his prayer on police, fire, EMTs and those serving in the military; and Horizon University President Randall Dodge prayed for the nation.

After worship music by the New Mission Praise Team, WGNR's Ray Hashley introduced Hunter Smith. He was raised on a farm in Texas and spent in college football days playing for Notre Dame. The Colts drafted him in 1999 and he's made central Indiana his home ever since. He and his wife Jennifer are raising their four children just north of Indianapolis. In addition to his playing career, Smith is an avid musician and lead singer for The Hunter Smith Band and a member of former Colts Coach Tony Dungy's All Pro Dad's organization. Smith discussed the importance and privilege he finds in fatherhood and the blessings of family. He encouraged the audience to consider positive change for Christ in their daily lives. After playing 10 years for the Colts, where he said his punting services were rarely used since the XLI Super Bowl Champions had such a strong offense, he played for two years for the Washington Redskins. Smith is content to be back in Indiana, raising his children on a farm, similar to how he was raised, he said.

Smith is the author of The Jersey Effect: Beyond the World Championship.