2009-08-12 / Faith

Colts chaplain inspires at DCSC Prayer Breakfast

Comet staff report

The second annual Delphi Community School Corporation Superintendent's Prayer Breakfast was well attended by school personnel and community members Tuesday morning in the DCHS Little Theatre.

Teachers, administrators and staff were greeted their first day back at 7 a.m. with the inspiring words of this year's keynote speaker, Indianapolis Colts Chaplain Ken Johnson.

Superintendent Ralph Walker opened the program by welcoming those in attendance. Hickory Grove Church Pastor Ken Smith introduced Johnson or as he is more commonly known as, "Pastor J."

Johnson stepped up to the podium and treated the audience to a wonderful rendition of "God Bless America." He told the audience he begins with the song as a reminder that we are truly blessed by God. His goal is to motivate, educate and inspire.

According to Johnson's biography, he was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and grew up in the inner city of Dallas, Texas, surrounded by drugs, alcohol and extreme poverty. Athletics became his "light at the end of tunnel." He played basketball, ran track and was a blue-chip all American football player.

He earned a football scholarship from the University of Tulsa in 1979 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1984. After graduation, he was unable to pursue a pro-football career, so he served as a police officer in Tulsa for six years.

He left the police department in 1989 and moved to Indianapolis to work for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, where he became the Protestant Chaplain for the Indianapolis Colts.

Johnson informed the crowd that "knowledge is not power, application of knowledge is power."

In his many travels throughout the United States, he has encountered schools struggling with everything from gangs, drug and alcohol related problems, to teen pregnancy and teen suicide.

He reminded teachers that words spoken in the right manner were powerful and could change a child's life.

"We are in this thing together and this 'thing' is called life." Johnson said.

The morning finished with prayers being offered by local pastors and teens on behalf of teachers, students and all sectors of the school corporation.

Special music provided by Randy Beard concluded the program.

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