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Former U.S. Attorney John Ashcroft to speak at annual Businessmen’s Prayer Breakfast

By: Kate Uptergrove


Former U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft

Former U. S. Attorney General John Ashcroft [Gage Skidmore photo]

For 25 years, a group of local businessmen have come together to share a meal, listen to an inspirational speaker and pray. But what began as a small gathering has grown to fill the ballroom at the Saint Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza.

It’s a powerful morning that this year takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Doors open at 7 a.m. with the program running from 7:30-9 a.m. The featured speaker is former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

On Dec. 22, 2000, Ashcroft became the 79th attorney general of the United States, appointed by then President-elect George W. Bush. After assuming the role, he introduced prayer sessions at the White House in which up to 30 participants studied Bible passages and prayed. Those sessions were pre-empted in September 2011 after the Twin Towers fell.

Faith always has been central to Aschroft’s life. His father and grandfather were ministers in the Assemblies of God church. In 2002, Ashcroft told Jeffrey Toobin of the New Yorker, “[T]here are standards that are moral and spiritual and eternal that I want to live up to. And people who win the battle write the history, and they may or may not get it right. I want to do what’s right in God’s sight.”

The former attorney general of Missouri [1976-1985], 50th governor of the state [1985-1992], U.S. senator [1995 to 2000], Ashcroft has a wealth of experiences and stories to share with Prayer Breakfast attendees.

“Its purpose is to allow people to hear speakers that are very successful business professionals and community leaders sharing their stories of inspiration and faith,” explained Ron Hollis, co-chair of the event. “Inspiration is the big take-away.”

The breakfast is organized and hosted by Ministry to Men, a 501[c][3] organization that also hosts “about 40 men’s bible studies held weekly around St. Charles County,” according to Hollis.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at ministrytomen.net or by mailing a check and ticket request to Ministry to Men, P.O. Box 1041, St. Peters, MO 63376.

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