National Day of Prayer Task Force

Santa Ynez Valley
8th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Theme for 2019:
Pray For America - LOVE ONE ANOTHER
"Love one another, just as I have loved you."
John 13:34


Speakers

PhotoKevin Walsh

Kevin Walsh is a native of the Central Coast. He attended college at UC Davis and also Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, earning degrees in Civil and Water Resources Engineering.  He is currently the Board President of the Santa Ynez Water Improvement District No. 1.  Kevin enjoys teaching about the important role water plays in God’s created world. Living in Santa Ynez since 1997, he has been married to Lorraine for 39 years. Together they home-schooled their seven children and now have two grandchildren.

 

 



PhotoHannah Bailey

Hannah Bailey grew up in a Christian home in Lake Arrowhead, California, where she was one of five kids—two brothers and two sisters. Growing up with her dad as a youth pastor, church, ministry, and missions were an integral part of her life, and continue to be important to her today.

She graduated in 2000 with her teaching credential from Biola University and spent the next seven years teaching in the public school system. During her later years of teaching, she attended Santa Barbara Community Church where she met and married her husband, John Bailey. Not long after this happy union, they began their journey as parents, and Hannah transitioned from being a public school teacher to being a homeschooling teacher and mama of four—two boys and two girls.

Life in Santa Barbara was full and good, but God had a different plan—a move to Lompoc in 2011 and then another move in 2013 to Santa Ynez, landing her and her family right next door to her brother, Sam, and family.

Today, her days are filled with homeschooling her four kids, ages seven to eleven, carting her kids to and from sporting events and church activities, staying involved in church life, and working as a Compassionate Entrepreneur for Trades of Hope, a business that empowers women out of poverty by providing sustainable jobs. In the moments in between, she enjoys running, coffee dates with friends, and adventures with her family. Above all else, she seeks to know and love Jesus, and to love and encourage those around her!


PhotoElla Quinney

Gabriella (Ella) Quinney is eighteen years old and currently a senior at the Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. She is the Co-President of the Fellowship of Christain Athletes (FCA), a varsity tennis player and 2018 Captain, and serves on the student leadership team and worship band at her youth group through Valley Christian Fellowship Church. Through her senior year, Christ has really opened Ella's eyes to the beauty, intimacy, and power that comes from prayer, and how God can meet and grow his children in every mundane and ecstatic season.


PhotoGretchen Battaglia

Gretchen Battaglia is a Florida girl with several generations of good ol' Southerners on both sides of her family. She comes from a strong Christian family, which influenced her to ask Jesus into her heart at the age of 8.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in mathematics, Gretchen began her tech career with Lockheed Martin. Many years later, she met her husband, Steve, at their church in Orlando. She became a stay-at-home mom when their first child was born. Then less than a year later, they moved to the Santa Ynez Valley to spend time with her husband's side of the family. Their daughter Rachel is currently a freshman at Azusa Pacific University, and their son Tommy is a high school senior at Army & Navy Academy.

Gretchen currently works with her husband, who is a commercial real estate broker. When not at the office, Gretchen can be found walking with friends or the family dog, playing the keyboard with her church's worship team, and cheering her kids on at school.


PhotoSteve Seaford

Steve Seaford is the Solvang School District Superintendent. He was born in Concord, MA, but lived most of his life in Carlisle, PA, where his father was a professor of anthropology at Dickinson College. His early years were significantly shaped by his Christian parents and extended family, many of whom were in various ministries, including HCJB in Quito, Ecuador.

In and out of a Christian "commitment" throughout high school, it wasn't until college and a reading of 1 John 1 that he understood and embraced the call to fellowship with Jesus.

Over the years, that call has led Steve to serve in a variety of ways, including inner-city-youth ministry, a congressional internship, Young Life staff, teaching, and as a family-group leader and elder at Glenkirk Presbyterian Church in Glendora, CA.

Steve is married to Laurie Seaford and together they have two children, Megan and Nathan. While at Glenkirk, the family enjoyed serving together, the highlight of which was an annual ministry with the Navajo Nation in Chinle, AZ.