Illawarra Prayer Breakfast
The Illawarra Prayer Breakfast is an annual gathering of people who love the city, love the people of the city and love God. The purpose of the Illawarra Prayer Breakfast is to give thanks to God, pray for God’s blessing for our city, pray for each other, pray for a release of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in our city and prayerfully proclaim the words of the Lord’s Prayer “let Your Kingdom come, let Your Will be done” over the city of Wollongong and the Illawarra region.
The aim of the prayer breakfast is to reach and to encourage Christians in the marketplace, especially civic and business leaders in their faith and love for our Father in heaven. Promoting unity between all those who are followers of Jesus Christ the son of God and challenging them to be salt and light to the City and the world they live in.
The coordinating team for the Illawarra Prayer Breakfast is Hengki Widjaja (Director of Itree), Wayne Morris (Former CEO of IMB), Warwick Marsh (CEO of Dads4Kids) and Rod Denniss (Illawarra Prayer Advocate) which represent four different churches in the Illawarra. Other people of faith who are business and civic leaders from a broad array of churches will be sought as Ambassadors of the Illawarra Prayer Breakfast to ensure wider representation from as many churches as possible.
Hengki Widjaja is a director of Itree software, a software company that that has its main software development centre in Wollongong. Hengki has lived in Wollongong since graduated with a Computer Science degree from Wollongong University. Hengki has been actively involved in the ministry and is serving in the leadership team of Life Centre church and community centre.
Wayne Morris, a qualified accountant and company secretary, is the Secretary of The Churches of Christ Property Trust and is also the Ministry Facilitator of Careworks, the Churches of Christ in NSW welfare arm. Prior to this role he was CEO of the Wollongong Hawks and immediately preceding that role was CEO of IMB. He is a director of Newcastle Building Society, Warrigal Care, Destination Wollongong, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong Symphony Orchestra Foundation and serves on the Council of Illawarra Venues (part of Venues NSW). He is also a member and serves as Treasurer of Southern Illawarra Church of Christ.
Warwick Marsh has been in full time ministry for 23 years and he is very involved in the prayer movement. Warwick is a minister, prayer leader, writer, family advocate, musician and TV producer. In 1989 he and his wife founded Australian Heart Music and travelled extensively throughout Australia and around the world with their musical family performing and sharing the message of Christ. From 1995-98 Warwick worked with Indigenous Australians whilst coordinating the Praise Corroboree and in 2002 Warwick & Alison Marsh established the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation as a ministry to fathers. Warwick is well known in Australia for his advocacy for marriage, family, fatherhood and faith.
Rod has been a Christian since 1973 and had a variety of leadership roles in churches from youth to adult groups.
He is passionate about people finding their authentic life under God and has been involved with publishing Christian magazines and pamphlet through his connection with a variety of Christian Discipleship publications.
Rod believe that God has given him an ability to share the Scriptures, a call to pray, and a hunger to believe for a restoration and revival in Wollongong and the Illawarra, with a view to the South Coast, and beyond.
Jude has been married to his wife Kerrie for 22 years and has 2 daughters. Jude has a background in religious education and is the Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong, looking after 600 Scripture teachers who see around 10,000 young people a week in 150 Government Schools. Jude is is a member of the NSW Government advisory body for Special Religious Education in Government Schools. Jude hosts ‘The Journey’, a weekly Christian radio program which has a growing audience on Christian Radio and online. He is passionate about Christian unity and its power to draw those who have no faith into a vibrant relationship with Christ.