Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast

August 26, 2014

[By Leigh Williams, Contributing Writer]

A nationally known speaker, author, radio host and former “Mother of the Year” whose passion is to help others make the next right choice based on God’s word will be the featured guest at this year’s annual Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast.
Kendra Smiley, Illinois Mother of the Year in 2001, will take the podium for the program on Sept. 5 at the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon.

Smiley speaks to audiences in the thousands each year on a national and international level at retreats and conferences, where she brings her message of choice.

“My best choice was made right after I was married. That’s when I realized my personal need for a Savior. It wasn’t enough to believe God was real; I needed to make the choice to receive him as my personal Savior,” Smiley states on her website.

In addition, she is the daily radio show host of Live Life Intentionally, which is heard on more than 350 stations.
Smiley was born and raised in central Illinois, 30 minutes from the town she currently calls home, Paxton.
She was the daughter of a local dentist and the youngest of three children. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois and earned her Master of Science degree from the University of North Dakota and went on to become an educator and coach.

She and her husband of more than 35 years, John, collaborate on a monthly column in the Prairie Farmer magazine and she is the author of nine books including, Journey of Strong Willed Child.

She is the mother to three sons and grandmother to nine grandchildren.

In addition, she maintains a parenting blog on her personal website,, where she has recently tackled topics such as The Peril of the Picky Eater, Alpha Moms/Beta Moms, dealing with difficult teens and tweens and road tripping with the grandkids.

The Prayer Breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast followed by the scheduled program at 7 a.m., according to the Mt. Vernon Prayer Breakfast Committee.

Music will be provided by the Mt. Vernon Township High School choir and Dee Ann Schnautz, and prayers will by offered by Don Bigham, Ben Henkinson, Bob Brown and Alan and Iris Rudd.

Tickets are $10 each or $100 for a table of 10. Tickets may be purchased from members of the Prayer Committee, including Chairman Sherry Meadows at 618-204-8511, Jennifer Spotanksi at 618-244-2666, Sandra Clark at 618-242-6572, Jo David Cummins at 618-237-4006, Janet Miller at 618-244-8080 and Debbie Marlow at 618-244-5864.

According to the Prayer Breakfast Committee, their mission is “that our community will be united in Christ through on-going efforts in prayer, fellowship, and missions.”