Washington D.C.
2017 - E.O.F Confirmed Speakers



Ruth Mizell served as Campaign Chair in Corpus Christi, Texas, for George H. W. Bush for two of his campaigns, beginning in 1964 for the US Senate and later as Campaign Chair for Corpus Christi, Texas, when he ran for president in 1980. She also served in 1978 and 1982 for Bill Clements, the first Republican governor of Texas. In 1984 she served as co-chair for Phil Gramm for US Senate. Ruth also served under President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush as an adviser to the US Peace Corps.

During those years, she served as liaison to the White House for the American Christian Trust, served on the Board of Directors of the National Prayer Embassy, and was active in several Christian ministries. This included AD 2000, Every Home for Christ, Joni and Friends, and Nora Lam Ministries. In 1994 she became active in Capitol Hill Prayer Partners and became their liaison to the Capitol. In 2004 she began representing the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS) and became a member of the board in 2005.

Ruth has been on mission trips throughout the world, including Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, China, Southeast Asia, South America, and Israel.

Her late husband was former baseball player Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell. He pitched in the 1960 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates when they beat the New York Yankees. Later he served as Congressman for North Carolina. Ruth has three children, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  By Reuben Egolf

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The Ruth Mizell Capitol Vesper Tour

The Political Atmosphere in Congress
honour of Dr Ruth Mizell, widow of
Congressman “Vinegar Bend” Mizell, the
Jefferson Gathering is hosting evening prayer
tours of the Capitol for church groups.

Our goal is to have a church group praying in the Capitol each Evening

Pastor Jeff Wright
The National Prayer Embassy

Dr. Alveda King 

Alveda King (born January 22,1951) is an Amerian activist, author and former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.

She is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King.

She is a Fox News Channel contributor. She once served as a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a conservative Washington, D.C. think-tank.

She is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the founder of Alveda King Ministries.

Rev. Pierre Bynum
Family Research Council Chaplin. D.C.

Rev. Pierre Bynum serves as Chaplain and National Prayer Director for Family Research Council, working with FRC’s President, Tony Perkins and Vice President for Church Ministries, Dr. Kenyn Cureton, helping to lay and maintain a foundation of biblical prayer, critical to success in FRC’s mission to defend and advance life, faith, family, freedom, and righteousness in government.

Pierre oversees FRC's chapel program and speaks to churches and pastors' groups on prayer, Christian citizenship, God and government, and similar themes. As liaison to the growing prayer movement, Pierre produces FRC's weekly prayer team targets; and oversees other prayer publications and activities, including weekly and monthly prayer meetings for leaders, and FRC’s annual Call2Fall, which promotes and facilitates a church-wide response to 2 Chronicles 7:14 on the Sunday before Independence Day.

Pierre joined FRC in 2005 as Director of Church Outreach to help Tony Perkins pioneer FRC's church ministry initiative, to assist pastors in their calling as "watchmen on the wall" to the Church and America. Prior to joining FRC, Pierre was editor of The Capitol Hill Prayer Alert, Vice President of the CHPA Foundation and a minister at Calvary Chapel of Waldorf, Md. With over 30 years in full-time Christian ministry, 20 as senior pastor of two Maryland churches, Pierre and his wife, Christina have been active pro-life advocates. In 1983, they founded the Pro-life Action Churches of Maryland, Inc., and Catherine Foundation Pregnancy Care Center (CF). In 31 years, CF has ministered to over 35,000 women and their families in Southern Maryland outside Washington, D.C. Pierre helped launch and in the early 80’s served as president of the Family Protection Lobby, later to become the Association of Maryland Families.

Pierre sees praying churches as key to the fulfilment of our children’s and our nation’s destiny. Born in Washington, D.C., he studied at Prince Georges Community College, the University of Maryland, College Park, The College of Southern Maryland, Washington Bible College, New Life Bible Institute and Christian International School of Theology where he earned a Th.B. while pastoring full time and raising a family. He and Christina have four grown children and six grandchildren. 

 Family Research Council. Washington D.C.    http://www.frc.org

 Pastor/Prophetess Maria-Elisa Maki

Maria-Elisa "Lisa" Maki is an ordained Pastor and Prophetess by Walking with God Ministry International, a non-denominational Fellowship based in Maryland. Maria is also an Advisory Committee Leader of Eagles of Fire: The 11th-Hour Company of Prophets and Intercessors, a ministry headed by her spiritual mother, Prophetic Apostle Blossom Brackman.
Maria has 15 years of ministry experience, both in the Philippines where she came from, and here in the U.S.
Back in the Philippines, Maria served as Communications Director in an evangelical church, and also as head of Women’s Ministry. From here she formed a ministry for women specializing in emotional healing, which opened doors to the women’s prison, where Maria pastored for three years. Part of the services that this ministry offered was Bible-based seminars and workshops for corporate offices. She was then commissioned as a minister in 2006 by a church fellowship with congregations and ministries throughout the United States and the world.
Maria moved to Washington State in 2009 where she pastored a church with her street-evangelist husband -- a church for those who can't find their fit in traditional churches. This included drug addicts, alcoholics, and those labeled as "rejects" in society. In 2011 she founded God’z Gurlz, a Bible-based online magazine for women, which is now Step Out's official web magazine. 
Prior to her surrender to Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, Lisa, as she is known in the professional world, was a successful consultant in Human Resources in Organizational Development. She specialized in designing and conducting Leadership, Management, and Self-Development training programs for companies, including Kraft Foods, Dole Asia, Kimberly-Clark, Aetna, and others. 

Maria holds a Bachelor's Degree in English, and has a Professional Writing business, "Lisa Maki: Professional Writing and Consulting". Her writing services include: Resume Writing, Business Plan, Grant Proposals, Website Content, Business Letter, Editing jobs, and other related services. She is also the author of three books: Armour Bearer Wife, Armour Bearer Wife II, and Where is he?  http://www.stepoutnonprofit.org


Prophets Bill and Pam Ulmer are  Prophets of the Lord who have been called to cover Eagles of Fire in prayer as Prophetic Intercessors.

Prophets Bill and Pam Ulmer are Prophet assigned Kingdom Watchers with a Governmental Anointing for the Bride of Christ. They stand together to do the will of the Father on earth in partnership with the Holy Spirit, to resist the attacks of the enemy on behalf of the church, city and the nations. Ordained under the mantle of  Prophet Chuck Pierce, Glory of Zion International Ministries.


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Dr. Rick Saccone is a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as both a commissioned and noncommissioned officer. He began as a flight line mechanic, working on most of the modern fighter aircraft, while also attending college. After earning his bachelor’s degree, he became a Special Agent, conducting felony criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations and operations worldwide.

Though most of his career was spent in South Korea and travelling throughout Asia, he worked with an anti-terrorist task force for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, California.  He then earned a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and studied the Korean language at the Defense Language Institute. Dr. Saccone soon returned to Seoul to serve as the Air Forces Chief of Counterintelligence in Korea, and worked on the counter terror task force for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.  He also Commanded a Special Investigative Detachment and, as the chief liaison officer in the national capital, worked closely with ten different foreign government agencies and as many U.S. agencies.  He received several awards from the Korean and American governments and two Meritorious Service Medals from the USAF.   Along the way, he wrote scores of culture and travel articles for a local paper in Seoul and began writing books about the history, travel, and culture of South Korea to share his experiences with others. He appeared on the Korean episode on the Popular PBS show Full Circle with celebrity Michael Palin.  He also taught English at several Korean institutes in his spare time.

After retiring from the USAF, Saccone stayed in South Korea to work as a TV news anchor on an English language station, and took several jobs working for Korean and American companies in Seoul and Central America before returning to the U.S. to begin work on his Ph.D.  During this period, he was asked to represent an international organization in North Korea building nuclear power plants as part of the Agreed Framework negotiated under the Clinton Administration.  As the only American living in North Korea at the time, he gained valuable diplomatic experience working and successfully negotiating with North Koreans, resulting in two books about that enigmatic country, including “Negotiating with North Korea,” and “Living with the Enemy: Inside North Korea.”

Upon returning to the United States,
Dr. Saccone completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and continued teaching full time at St.Vincent College.  During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Dr. Saccone offered his knowledge of interrogation and counterintelligence and was assigned to the U.S. Army as a civilian, to identify, capture and interrogate insurgents in Baghdad and the hotspot of Mosul.

Since returning from Iraq, Saccone has enjoyed an academic fellowship to Israel as a Fellow for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, a Fulbright-Hays summer scholarship to Egypt studying Islam, history and politics, and, most recently, an education and research scholarship to Africa.  He has travelled to 75 countries and authored seven books on North and South Korea, with his eighth book on Iraq, and his ninth book entitled “God In Our Government” documents the Godly heritage of our founding and our founding fathers.  He was elected to the Pa State House of Representatives in 2010 and is serving his 4th term.

He has written numerous articles concerning international politics and culture. He is a member of the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, life member of the NRA and FOAC.

Dr. Saccone has been married to Yong Saccone for 38 years and has two children, Nick & Matthew, both graduates of the Virginia Military Institute as Civil Engineers.  Nick is currently a Major in the USAF, and Matt is a Captain.


Wife – Sandra J. Strickland Children – Theresa Bullock (husband Myron E. Bullock, Jr.) Michael Strickland (wife Haley)
Kenneth Strickland (wife Teri) Grandchildren – 5 Granddaughters, 4 Grandsons, 3 Great Grandsons, 2 Great Granddaughter, 1 Grandson-in- law

Clyde L. Strickland was born in Selma, NC in 1939. His father Frank was a farmer and a sharecropper in this small southern farming town. His loving mother Vara, cooked, cleaned, sewed, quilted, and canned food that was raised. She did all she could to take care of him and the other 4 siblings. As a share cropper’s youngest son, he only went to school as often as the crops allowed him. Mostly, by his Dad demands and the farm’s seemingly endless chores required Clyde’s attention and kept him in the field. He was always glad to see Sunday come. He quit school in the 10th Grade. Eventually at the age of 16 ½ Clyde left home and worked various jobs. He joined the US Army at the age of 19. He served three years being stationed in Germany for 2 ½. Clyde applied himself, worked hard and took advantage of his resources, attended school in the military and received his GED. After being Honorably Discharged from the military Clyde moved to Tarboro, NC and became employed with Glenoit Textile Mills as a Technical Machine Mechanic. Here he met the love of his life, Sandra, working at her Dad’s Produce Market during summer school break. They dated one year and married right after she graduated.

This is where life began; Clyde was transferred to Wamsutta Knitting Industries, in Morganton, NC then he was transferred to Borg Manufacturing Co. in Rossville, Ga. Later he then partnered with Sandra’s Dad as a Trucking & Produce Broker. After various other jobs, he went to work for Holbrook Waterproofing Company in Charlotte, NC. He transferred to Georgia in January 1969 to start another company for them, Holbrook Waterproofing Company of Georgia. That is when Clyde moved his family to Gwinnett County. They lived 2 years in Duluth and moved to Lawrenceville June 1, 1971, where they have lived for 40 years.

January 13, 1972, at the age of 32, Clyde Strickland founded his own corporation in the State of Georgia, by the superior court of Gwinnett – naming it Metro Water-proofing, Inc. In 40 years it has grown from 4 employees to approximately 240 employees and is now the largest restoration and waterproofing corporation in the southeast. From Clyde’s early beginnings he has been actively involved in church, family, his work and community.

Previously Was an active member and fundraiser for the Duluth Jaycee’s. Served on the board for the American Red Cross in heading up the Blood Drive and the educational campaign in Duluth., Member in the Lawrenceville Schools PTA for 16 years.  Member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.Served as a Scout Master for the Cub Scouts of America Lawrenceville Pack 55.Managed and coached for the Dixie Youth Baseball Little Leagues in Lawrenceville for 9 years. Member of St. Edwards Church choir (even sang well) As an active member in the Central Gwinnett High School Booster Clubs for Football and
Baseball he was a cook and cleaner upper and was in charge of fundraisers. Volunteered and taught marketing and how to start a business to high schools for Junior Achievement in area schools. He often took the schools that no one else wanted to take.

1998 Clyde was awarded the Junior Achievement Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for High School. Worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrenceville. Member of the Stone Mountain Rotary Club. Served on the Business and Community Services Advisory Committee for the Atlanta Technical Institute.  1995 The Oxford Club awarded by the Board of Governors to Clyde the Investiture of Lifetime Fellowship. 1995 Awarded Commission of Merit Award by the Republican National Committee.  1998 Clyde was Honorary Educator for his service and support given by the Lakota Boys and Girls of St. Joseph’s Indian School. Given Outstanding Service Award for 1998 and 1999 by DECA for his efforts and talents to support measure for developing leaders in marketing, merchandising and management. DECA is an association for marketing students. 1999 Clyde was selected by the President and Board of Directors from the Young America’s Foundation the “New Millennium Conservative Patriot Award”. Clyde served on the Associated Builders of General Contractors Legislative Committee, both the local Georgia Branch and the National committee.  Served on the National Tax Reform Committee with ABC of Georgia, Inc.  Clyde has been recognized for his outstanding record of generous support and commitment given to the Republican National Committee.

Wrote and published a book “What Can I Do? Simple Advice to Change You and Your World” Leaping out in faith, since early 1969 Clyde has promoted growth with backbone and congregation membership for church’s here in Gwinnett County having been an Episcopalian. They could not locate one here in Duluth after a phone call to the Cathedral of St. Philips found a little mission starting up in Lawrenceville at the old Gwinnett Daily News Building in Lawrenceville. Clyde and his family missed being charter members by one Sunday, but the late Robert Fowler became an inspiration for Clyde. The work began through service and fundraisers and BBQ’s and all was built from Love by the Grace of God. They now have helped build three churches in Gwinnett County, St. Edwards in Lawrenceville, St. Matthew’s in Snellville and Holy Cross Anglican Church in Loganville. Clyde has served on Vestries, Leadership Teams, and been a Senior Warden, Rector’s Warden and Church Warden. He is currently a member and charter member of Holy Cross Anglican Church. He currently provides one-on- one discipleship. Clyde often says you never know where God will lead us. But you know it is always His path not ours.

 Clyde served on the Habitat Partners Council for Habitat for Humanity. He worked on houses built, helped with fundraising campaigns, sponsored and financed several houses here in Gwinnett County.  Served on the Capital Campaign Volunteer Committee in Gwinnett County for the Salvation Army Shield of Hope that brought the Salvation Army Corps and Community Center on Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville. Through the inspiration and vision of his wife Sandra and the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club sponsored a night to raise money to build a park and playground for the children at the housing project in Lawrenceville. There was no money for the land purchase. So Clyde partnered with the City of Lawrenceville and the Lawrenceville Housing Authority. Clyde purchased the land and donated it to the Housing Authority. The grounds are named the Clyde L. Strickland Park.

In 2001, Clyde retired and sold 49% of Metro Water-proofing, Inc. to his 3 children and son-in- law. He
still remains CEO of Metro Waterproofing, Inc.

He currently:
Has been a source of significant service and contributions to the promotion and revitalization of the City of Lawrenceville and the LTTA. He attends a weekly men’s prayer group in LawrencevilleHe served on Creating a Castle Capitol Campaign Committee to help bring the Aurora Theatre to Lawrenceville. He is an Honorary Member of the Central Gwinnett Booster Club for his years of service.
 Founded Save America 2008. Advisory Board for the Medic Center and Institute for Collaboration Committed to inquiring in Science Health, Sustainability and the Environment, Globalization and Economic Development, and the Applied and Cultural Arts and Interdisciplinary Innovation Lab. Advisory Committee for the Non Profit the Best Thrift Store in Norcross, Georgia.  Clyde is an inspirational speaker and when and who ever calls he is always willing to step up to the plate and serve. He says you do not have to have nerve to do it just guts and it needs to come from your heart.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. The most cherished 2 awards Clyde has received was by his Rector, Foley Beach from Holy Cross Anglican Church, in 2006 “The Saint Andrew Award” given for sharing one’s faith in Jesus for his diligent example in sharing his relationship with God to others and “The Eagle Award”, presented by the Eagles Nest School in appreciation for being the Wind Beneath our Wings from the students and staff.

 1. January 2008 – Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce – Public Service Award – Outstanding and
dedicated service to the progress and development of the community.
2. May 2009 – Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia 2009 Honorees – Award for Community
Leadership and Philanthropy
3. 2006-2007 – Served on the Gwinnett Walton Music Society Board
4. American Builders and Contractors of Georgia – 2000 Pac Ward of Excellence
5. February 2008 – Strickland Student Center was dedicated at Holy Cross Anglican Church Serves as a Board Member for the Hope Clinic in Lawrenceville.
6. Members of Gwinnett Hospital Foundation Keystone Society.
7. Gwinnett Magazine 2010 Man of the Year
8.  Was a participant in the American Cancer Society’s dancing with the Stars Atlanta 2010.
9. Salvation Army member of William Booth Society George Scott Railton Circle – 2010.
10. Charter Knight of the Round Table for Central Gwinnett Cluster Foundation – August 2011.
11. 2011 – Vote With Your Wallet, Inc. – “What Can I Do?” Award
12. 2011 – Gwinnett Medical Foundation - Legacy Award
13 2011 – Strickland Heart Center at Gwinnett Medical Center Opened.
14) 2011 – Gwinnett Historical Society – Award for Outstanding Contributions to the 14 th and 15 th
Annual Galas.
15) 2012 – Barbara Award – The Aurora Theatre
16) 2013 – Executive Producer – The American Made Movie – Documentary promoting simple solutions
every man, woman and even a child “can do” to create a better future for their communities and for
America. The film is a feature length documentary exploring Americans working to save their livelihoods
and support their families in a global economy impacting their business and a way of life.
17) 2013 – Strickland Medical Center opened to train new residency doctors.
18) 2015 – The American Made Movie curriculum began being used in Gwinnett County Schools grades
8-12 to learn about products made in the USA.