National Day of Prayer Task Force

Santa Ynez Valley
7th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Theme for 2018:
Pray For America - UNITY
"Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit
through the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:3


PhotoBrian Nelson

Brian was born and raised in Santa Barbara and has lived in Santa Ynez, California, since 2007.

He is married to Marcia and has two sons and 2 grandchildren. He graduated from Cal Poly in 1975, and has had his own architectural practice since 1982. He has been a licensed Architect since 1978.

His passion for Rescue Ministries began in 1984 when he was selected as the architect for the expansion of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. He was then on the Board of Directors for 10 years, and then became the Executive Director for 1 ½ years in 1995.

He has designed 89 rescue mission projects across the U.S., Canada and Jamaica. He has been the Chairman of the Board of 3 Rescue Missions, and has been the co-founder of 2 Rescue Missions in Santa Maria and Maui. He was on the Board of Directors of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions of North America for 7 years.

His local community involvement includes President of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Barbara, Young Life Executive Committee, member of Providence Hall Christian School Board of Directors, and voluntarily taught architectural drafting at Dos Pueblos High School and is a current member of the Men's Forum of Santa Ynez Valley. He also taught architectural drafting at Santa Barbara City College.

He is a member of The Ranch Church where he was co-founder of the Missions Committee, member of the volunteer staff, and is chairman of the expansion committee and architect for their new facilities. He has led multiple mission trips to Mexico, Australia, Hawaii and Veil.

PhotoJody Colt

Jody is a native to Solvang with family roots in the Santa Ynez Valley dating back to the 1930's. Jody confessed Jesus Christ as her savior while attending an outdoor education camp at Hume Lake Christian Camps and as a 6th-grade student at SYV Christian Academy.

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and beginning her non-profit career in youth and community development, Jody met and married her husband, Kris. Starting their marriage with a trip around the entire South Pacific for a year, Jody and Kris would still say that adventure and travel are a consistent heartbeat in their family.

Nearly 10 years ago the Colts resettled back in Solvang where she directed the children's ministry at the Ranch Church before becoming a stay at home mom to 3 children. Jody and Kris are foster and adoptive parents who lead trainings for their peers as well as advocate in the community for better care for foster children and the families who care for them.

While Jody spent her youth and college years walking away from God, He brought her back to Himself, surprisingly at Hume Lake, during her college senior internship. Now Jody brings her family to Hume annually for a week of outdoor adventure, family connection and hearing God's Word. Jody plays soccer, can commonly be found at the beach, and is passionate about her family, travel and encouraging others.

PhotoKyle O'Neill

Kyle is 18 years old and currently a senior at Santa Ynez High School. He is the President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a seasoned water polo player and serves in both the worship band and student leadership team at Valley Christian Fellowship Church. Jesus has been working in amazing ways all throughout Kyle's life and especially during his high school years.

This past December, Kyle was blessed with the opportunity to travel to India. He was part of a select few high school students chosen by the Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club to participate with PACE Universal in India. Pace is committed to ending trafficking and uplifting communities through the education of girls living in extreme poverty. This amazing experience allowed him the opportunity to travel across the world and integrate in a unique way with Indian culture.

Kyle has a proven passion to live life to the fullest, a heart to serve others and glorify God's kingdom through his actions. Kyle is looking forward to continuing the journey God has set for him as he pursues college and his future endeavors.

PhotoAmanda Weiford

Amanda is a native of Georgia, but now calls the Central Coast home. Growing up she was active in church and on the soccer field, playing soccer at Anderson University in South Carolina, while earning her degree in Human Resources.

Amanda has spent many years in youth ministry, including two years as a soccer coach and counselor for Crosspoint Christian Sports Camps. Amanda is the mother of three active children and is married to a military officer, navigating six military moves and two deployments in their 17 years of marriage.

PhotoHarlan Munneke

Harlan Munneke, a graduate of UCLA, has been doing retail stores for over 40 years. The last few years he has been involved in buying and selling tax liens across the US. Recently he and his wife, Linda, have become FBA third party sellers for Amazon.

Harlan and Linda are blessed with a blended family of seven kids as well as six grandkids. He enjoys running regularly as well as taking walks with his wife. Prayer, reading God's Word, and evangelism burn deep inside his heart. He feels honored to share how prayer has and is influencing my life.