Somerset Prayer Breakfast to feature Baltimore Ravens Chaplain as guest speaker

Johnny Shelton, from the website

Johnny Shelton, from the website

WESTOVER — The Somerset Prayer Breakfast Committee will hold a prayer breakfast Wednesday, Jan. 4 at Somerset Intermediate School in Westover. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. and the program begins at 7. Breakfast will be prepared and served by J.M. Tawes Technology & Career Center culinary arts students.

The keynote speaker is the Baltimore Ravens Team Chaplain Johnny Shelton. The ticket price is $20 for individual tickets, and $160 for a table of eight. Fliers and ticket applications are available at Hebron Savings Bank locations in Crisfield and Princess Anne, and will be made available at other businesses and churches in Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico counties. For further information call Bill Benson at 443-235-6867 or Joe Howard at 410-430-7050.

Johnny Shelton served as chaplain of the Super Bowl XL in Detroit, was a youth minister, member of the National PTA, National Middle School Association, National College Football Foundation, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., National Fatherhood Initiative, and NFL Alumni.

A native of the Midwest, he attended Southeast Missouri State University where he majored in criminal law and was captain of the football team. He signed an NFL contract as a defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. He also spent time in training camp with the Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks.

Free agency made it difficult to make a final roster so Johnny then, began a career with Procter and Gamble until September of 2004 when he was called into full- time ministry as Area Director for Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Greensboro, N.C., and chaplain of Elon University’s football team. He then served as chaplain for the Virginia Tech football team from 2007-2013.

Now with the Baltimore Ravens, he is married to his college sweetheart Thlitha, and they have two adult children Shawnda’ and Shawnta’.

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