Brian Alarid

Who We Are

America Prays is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry. We are a movement of Christian churches covering America in 24/7 prayer. We are an inter-denominational, multi-ethnic, Jesus-centered prayer movement.

Our Vision

Our vision is to unite and equip 40,000 churches in 24/7 prayer for a national spiritual awakening.

We believe that America is in desperate need of spiritual awakening and that only united prayer can revive our nation. As J. Edwin Orr observed, “No great spiritual awakening has begun anywhere in the world apart from united prayer.” There are about 400,000 Christian churches in America. We are believing for a tithe of these churches (40,000) to adopt a monthly day of prayer and join us in praying for the greatest spiritual awakening in the history of our nation.

Our Story

In January 2009, churches in Austin, Texas under the leadership of Pastor Trey Kent and churches in Bellingham, Washington under the leadership of Pastor Jason Hubbard began covering their communities in 24/7 prayer. Their model was simple—each church adopted a monthly day of prayer or half day of prayer. Believers prayed in 30 or 60 minute segments from home, school, work or church.

 

On January 1, 2017, Pastor Brian Alarid and a group of pastors launched New Mexico Prays using this same model. Today there are over 100 churches in 27 cities and towns that are covering New Mexico in unceasing prayer. On On October 9, 2017, we launched America Prays to unite and equip 40,000 churches in 24/7 prayer for a national spiritual awakening. By Spring 2018, the movement had spread to other nations and we launched World Prays to serve as a relational network of pastors and leaders who are covering their nations in 24/7 prayer.

Our President and CEO—Brian Alarid

Brian was born in southern California and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, where his parents served as missionaries. While on the mission field, he became fluent in Spanish and developed a passion for missions. Brian gave his life to Christ at the age of four in Guatemala. He was water baptized and received his call to ministry at the age of twelve in Costa Rica, went to Bible school at the age of seventeen, and has been in full-time pastoral ministry since 1993.

Brian holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University and a Bachelor’s degree in Theology. Brian is the Founding Pastor of Passion Church and has 25 years of pastoral ministry and executive leadership. He previously served as a Regional Manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Brian is the President and CEO of America Prays and World Prays.

Brian’s first love is prayer, but his other passions include preaching God’s Word, leadership development, evangelism, serving the poor, and foreign missions. Brian has preached to thousands of people and trained thousands of leaders in many nations. Brian has been married to Mercy for 21 years and together they have three beautiful children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren. They reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can connect with Brian at brianalarid.com.

Our Beliefs

We are a movement of Christian churches who believe in the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; the authority and infallibility of God’s Word; the virgin birth, sinless life, deity, crucifixion, and bodily resurrection of Jesus; salvation only through faith in Christ; and the physical return of Jesus Christ to earth. We affirm the Lausanne Covenant and the Apostles’ Creed—the oldest statement of faith of the Christian church.

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.”

With regard to all other doctrines, we adopt this approach: “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.”

Values

These are the values that define our culture and shape our movement.

1. Christ-centered
2. Bible-saturated
3. Love-motivated
4. Discipleship-driven
5. Local church-based
6. Spirt-empowered
7. Unity-focused

 

1. Christ-centered: We seek to honor Jesus Christ in everything we do and say. We strive to put Christ first and give Him the preeminence in all things. There is no room in America Prays for pride, self-promotion or arrogant boasting. We live for His glory and His renown, not to exalt ourselves or our ministry. The primary motivation behind everything we do must be to honor Jesus and give Him the supremacy. Jesus is the Head of America Prays and we are His servants. It’s not about us—it’s all about Jesus.

Colossians 1:15-18, “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”

2. Bible-saturated: We believe the Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God, and the only foundation for life. We want God’s Word to saturate our lives and permeate everything we do. The Bible is our ultimate authority and our moral compass. We strive to be men and women who meditate daily in the Word and apply it to our personal lives, much like the early followers of Christ.

Acts 2:42, They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” We seek to build our lives and ministry on obedience to God’s Word. It is only the Bible that has the power to purify us, transform us, and keep us in the path of eternal life. As Howard Hendricks said, “Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives.”

3. Love-motivated: We are motivated by Jesus’ two greatest commandments to love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). Love is the essence of who God is, what He expects from us, and what He offers to us. Love is the goal, the purpose, the motivating force, the outcome, and the culmination of everything we do at America Prays.

Jesus held up love as the most important benchmark of discipleship, saying in John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jesus didn’t say that the world will know we are His disciples when we love Him, but when we love one another. What shows the world that God is real is not when we express our love for God, but when we genuinely love one another. We will serve each other in love and make allowances for each other’s faults. Love will be the ultimate benchmark of our success.

4. Discipleship-driven: We believe that radical devotion to Christ should be the norm, not the exception. We are called to make disciples, not just converts. We are driven by a desire in to see the Great Commission fulfilled. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”

5. Local church-based: The church is God’s primary vehicle to bring salvation, healing, hope, and transformation to a broken world. We want to partner with pastors and churches to cover their communities in 24/7 prayer. When pastors and intercessors pray together and support each other, the Holy Spirit begins to transform the church. Pastors have to champion prayer in their church or their church will never become a house of prayer.

Jesus said in Mark 11:17, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”The church is supposed to be a house of prayer. Christians like to talk about prayer being removed from public schools as the point in American history where our nation turned away from God. But the problem in America today isn’t the lack of prayer in public schools…it’s the lack of prayer in churches and in the homes of believers. Our dream is to see thousands of churches develop a culture of prayer.

6. Spirit-empowered: By the grace of God, we submit our plans and decisions to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We humbly recognize that we are dependent on God and can’t do anything apart from Jesus (John 15:5) and the Help of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13).  Once we hear the Holy Spirit as he instructs us through the Scriptures, we will boldly follow his lead as we partner with Him to glorify Jesus in all that we do (John 16:14).

7. Unity-focused: Jesus prayed in John 17:21 that His followers would be one just as He and the Father are one “so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” The greatest witness to the world that Jesus is the Son of God is the unity of His church. We are focused on building and maintaining unity between pastors and churches from many different denominations and movements.

There is no room in America Prays for anything that causes division, namely: pride, selfishness, a judgmental spirit, unresolved conflicts, jealousy, and gossip. Rather, we will serve one another in humility, prefer one another before ourselves, show mercy, resolve conflicts before they turn into offenses, celebrate one another’s success, and protect each other’s reputations.

Ephesians 4:3 commands us, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” We lay aside theological differences for the sake of working together to accomplish the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations. Theology was meant to be a tool to help us grow in our relationship with God, not a wall to divide us.

Board of Directors

Brian Alarid

President & CEO

Brian Alarid is the President and CEO of America Prays, Founding Pastor of Passion Church, and Co-Chairman of New Mexico Prays. He has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and Bachelor's degree in Theology. He has 24 years of experience of pastoral ministry and executive leadership. Brian lives in Albuquerque, NM with his wife Mercy and their 3 children. You can connect with Brian at https://brianalarid.com/

Trey Kent

Senior Vice President

Trey Kent is the Senior Pastor of Northwest Fellowship in Austin, Texas. He is the President of the Unceasing Prayer movement in Austin. He has a Master of Divinity degree from ORU. Trey and his wife Mary Anne live in Austin, Texas and have 2 daughters, a son-in-law, and one grandchild.

Jason Hubbard

VP of Strategic Partnerships

Jason Hubbard is the President of the Light of the World Prayer Center in Bellingham, Washington. He has many years of pastoral experience and a Doctorate degree in Ministry from Talbot Seminary. Jason and his wife Kristie live in Bellingham. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Dave Butts

Chairman, National Prayer Committee

Dave is the President of Harvest Prayer Ministries and Chairman of the National Prayer Committee. Dave has a PhD in Theology and has over 30 years of experience as a pastor, Bible teacher, conference speaker, and is the author of several books. Dave and his wife Kim live in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Bruno Interlandi

Board Member

Bruno Interlandi is an Italian entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in executive leadership, church planting, and marketing. He has an MBA and Doctorate degree in mechanical engineering. Bruno is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish. Bruno currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife Natalia and their three children.

Mercy Alarid

VP of Discipleship

Mercy Alarid was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She came to America in 1995 to attend Bible college. She is the Creative Arts Pastor at Passion Church. Mercy is a professor of education at Central New Mexico Community College and an adjunct assistant professor at Regent University. She has a Doctorate degree in Education from Regent University. She lives with her husband Brian and their three children in Albuquerque, NM.

Lewis Hogan

Board Member

Lewis Hogan is the President and Founder of United Cry, a ministry calling Pastors and Christian leaders to a movement of unified prayer to see spiritual awakening in America. Lewis has 25 years of pastoral experience. Lewis and his wife Rachel live in the Dallas area and they have 3 children.

Board of Advisors

Dick Eastman

President, Every Home for Christ

Dr. Dick Eastman is the international President of Every Home for Christ, a ministry that has planted over 3.6 billion gospel messages home to home in worldwide since 1946, resulting in over 139 million followed-up decision cards and responses. In his role with Every Home for Christ, Dick has traveled around the world more than 100 times. He also serves as president of America's National Prayer Committee.

David C. Cooper

Bishop, New Hope Full Gospel Baptist

Bishop David C. Cooper is the Senior Pastor of New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church, Albuquerque, NM. He serves as a Regional Bishop in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship over NM, OK, TX, and CO. David and his wife Nina live in Albuquerque.

Vickie Winkler

President, HEART

Vickie is the Founder and President of HEART, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to empowering the people of Africa to survive the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Vickie has traveled the world championing this cause for Africa. As a widow herself, Vickie can empathize with the millions of widows and orphans in Africa, and has turned that compassion into a movement.

Leslie Keegel

Global Chair, Foursquare Church

Dr. Leslie Keegel is the Chair of the Foursquare Church Global Council. Since Leslie was appointed Foursquare national leader of Sri Lanka in 1983, the Foursquare movement has grown to over 1,600 churches in that nation.

Roger Rohatgi

Head of Product + Design, Amplification Media Technologies

Roger Rohatgi is a forward-thinking creative leader with 15+ years of experience successfully leading and managing projects and teams to develop and create compelling user interfaces (UI), dynamic marketing and advertising campaigns, and engaging user experiences (UX) on SaaS software products, websites, mobile apps, interactive cable and broadcast TV shows, digital and social media platforms for top brands, media outlets and agencies such as Verizon, Hyundai, CBS, NBC Universal, FOX, Univision, Oxygen, MTV, Telemundo, T-Mobile, Twitter, World Cup, Conill, IPG, and more.

Richard Mansfield

Senior Pastor, New Beginnings Church

Richard Mansfield is the Founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque, NM. He was an APD Chaplain for 30 years and served on faculty at Mid-America Christian University. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from UTEP and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies. Richard lives in Albuquerque with his wife Cindy.

Yale Kim

VP, US Prayer Council

Yale is the Vice-Chairman of the US National Prayer Council and serves on the PULSE/Together 2018 team and Awaken the Dawn team. Yale has been leading prayer meetings since being radically saved in his youth group in 1995. Yale and his wife Kim and their two sons live in Frisco, Texas.

Calvin Battle

Senior Pastor, Destiny Center

Calvin Battle is the founder and Senior Pastor of Destiny Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Calvin is a gifted preacher, entrepreneur, mentor, prayer leader, and leadership catalyst. Calvin has studied at the University of Alabama, World Harvest Bible College, and Oral Roberts University. Calvin and his wife English live in Tulsa.

Danny Sanchez

Senior Pastor, Victory Outreach

Danny Sanchez is the Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach Church of Albuquerque. He is the Victory Outreach Regional Pastor for the Rio Grande Region. Danny has been married to Barbara Sanchez since 1977. They have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

Bill Moeny

Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Tetra Corporation

John Robb

Chairman, International Prayer Council

John Robb serves as Chairman for the International Prayer Council, and International Prayer Connect, a network of regional and national prayer ministries and networks around the world. He served for many years with World Vision. John lives in Albuquerque with his wife Lori.

Tom Victor

President, The Great Commission Coalition

Tom is President of the Great Commission Coalition, he serves on the International Prayer Council and
facilitates the North American Leadership Team for the 4 to 14 Window. A graduate
of Fuller Seminary, Tom has 8 years of pastoral experience and 15
years serving with the Christian Broadcasting Network. Tom has two children and
six grandchildren. His wife, Mercy, was recently promoted to heaven.

Doug Stringer

Founder, Somebody Cares ®

Dr. Doug Stringer is founder and President of Somebody Cares America/International (SCA/SCI).
Somebody Cares has received recognition for the organization’s work nationally and globally. His years
of ministry have taken him to numerous communities and nations; from urban to foreign missions; from
garbage dumps to the palaces and halls of government leaders. As an Asian-American, Doug is
considered a bridge-builder of reconciliation amongst various ethnic and religious groups. From preachers
to politicians, he is recognized as an ambassador. Doug is a sought-after international conference and
crusade speaker. Annually he addresses thousands throughout the U.S. and abroad on topics such as
persevering leadership and community transformation.
He has received honorary and earned degrees from various colleges, including a PhD in Leadership and
Human Development; a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Logos Graduate School; a DMin. From New
Covenant International University, as well as a Pastoral Certificate in Practical Ministry from Regent
University.
Somebody Cares has implemented several citywide strategies now multiplied in cities across the nation.
Over the years, Somebody Cares has become a model for connecting needs with resources during several
natural calamities including the Japan earthquake/tsunami, the Texas wildfires, the earthquake in Haiti,
the Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. Through the expansion of the disaster
preparedness and relief collaborations, the ministry has established the Global Compassion Response
Network. Somebody Cares America was listed and included with 21 churches and ministries most
influencing the 21st Century Church in Ministry Today magazine’s May/June 2014 issue.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike at the Houston Texans’ football game, the work of Somebody Cares and
Doug Stringer were recognized by Houston Mayor Bill White, County Judge Ed Emmett and Texas
Governor, Rick Perry. Gov. Perry also included Doug and Somebody Cares in the 2009 State of the State
address. Doug and the work of Somebody Cares were named by Charisma magazine as one of the Top 12
Newsmakers of 2008. In 2013, out of thousands nominated by the John C. Maxwell Leadership Awards,
Doug was recognized in the top 100.
He has served on several disaster relief panels, including a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation
based in Washington D.C. Doug is listed as a Policy Expert by the Heritage Foundation. Doug served on
the One Star Foundation by appointment by Governor of Texas. He also serves on the International
Advisory board of the Geneva Institute for Leadership and Public Policy.
Doug serves on various local, national and international boards, including the Christian Men’s Network
and The Global Fatherhood Initiative, a Co-Chair for the Billions Souls Initiative, a Co-Chair for Mission
America’s Love 20/20, on the advisory boards of ministries such as Youth Reach Houston, Core-Luv for
Orphans, Seniority Services, and others.
Doug served on the Executive Leadership Committee for America for Jesus (AFJ - 2012) a national
prayer gathering held in Philadelphia, PA. In August 2011, Doug served as the National Mobilization
Coordinator and Houston host for The Response, a national prayer gathering with approximately 40,000
in attendance at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas trumpeted by the Governor of Texas. On January
24, 2015, he served as Facilitator and Moderator for The Response Louisiana in Baton Rouge with
Governor Bobby Jindal, The Response South Carolina with Governor Nikki Haley on June 13, 2015, The
Response North Carolina with Governor Pat McCrory on Sept. 26, 2015, and The Response Florida with
Governor Rick Scott on October 24th, 2015. He has helped to facilitate other Joel 2 and 2 Chronicle 7:14
Prayer and Worship gatherings across the nation such as UnitedCry D.C. 2016, a gathering of pastors and
leaders to pray on the Lincoln Memorial on April 9th, 2016, as well as the Response in Cleveland, Ohio

two days before the RNC, and other national call’s to prayer in 2016 such as Awake California in
Bakersfield.
Doug has been extensively published and is often quoted by others in articles and books. He has been a
guest on numerous radio and television programs as well as a guest host. Somebody Cares ® has produced
made- for-television programs entitled Living Life Beyond the Moment with Doug Stringer, that have
aired on various networks.
Doug is the author of many books such as, *The Fatherless Generation *Somebody Cares *Who’s Your
Daddy Now? *Hope for the Fatherless Generation* and his most recent books are *In Search of A
Father’s Blessing and *Leadership Awakening, Foundational Principles for Lasting Success.
Doug, his wife Lisa, and daughter Ashley, currently reside in Houston, Texas area.

David Smith

Executive Director, Austin Baptist Association

Dr. David Smith has lived in Austin Texas for over twenty years.

He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and snow skiing with his wife and two kids.

Some things he finds valuable in our Church today include Church planting and Evangelism.

His Spiritual Gifts are encouragement, teaching, and shepherding

Favorite Bible Verse(s): “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

John Alarid

Lead Pastor, CityReach Spingfield Church

John Alarid comes from a background of affiliation with Chicano gangs and a Mexican cartel. He
spent well over a decade as a drug dealer and hopeless heroin addict. After hitting rock bottom
several times, he finally surrendered his life to Christ in prison.

John went through Christ-centered recovery program and went on to plant churches in LA and
the Philippines. He has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and Church Leadership from
Central Bible College and an MA in Urban and Intercultural Studies from the Assembly of God
Theological Seminary at Evangel University. Currently, he is working on a doctorate degree at
the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

In 2015, he started the journey to plant CityReach Springfield Church, where he currently serves
as lead pastor. John also oversees the Midwest church plants for CityReach Network and is the
executive director for the Midwest Hope Homes recovery program. Most recently, he authored
and published his autobiography, My Prison Became a Palace, available in English and Spanish.
He is married to Hannah Rose Alarid and they have a beautiful one-year daughter, Brooklyn
Adelina.

Jonathan Friz

Regional Coordinator, New England Alliance

Jonathan and Cassi Friz live with their family in western Massachusetts, a region known as the birthplace of great revival and mission movements. Jonathan is driven by a desire to see Jesus receive the answer to His prayer in John 17, “Let them be one as we are one.” To this end, he partners with believers in New England, the nation, and the world strengthening movements of prayer, mission, unity, and spiritual awakening. He’s the visionary of the global 10 Days movement, seeking to stop cities and city-wide churches for an annual 10 Day period to encounter God and loving one another (10days.net). He's also the regional coordinator for the New England Alliance (newenglandalliance.net).