Intercessors for America (IFA) is a 501(c)(3) ministry organization and got its start in 1973 when God impressed upon the hearts of a group of godly, respected men the necessity of prayer and fasting. The nation was experiencing a plethora of problems. The Watergate scandal, Vietnam War, Arab oil embargo, Roe v. Wade, a growing acceptance of drug use, and other challenges were changing the way Americans lived and thought.
A group of Christians had been placed together at a teaching conference in Florida focused on "prayer for the nations." Challenged by the fresh and extraordinary teaching of the conference leaders, Derek Prince and Ern Baxter, a half dozen men were chosen to steward the movement of prayer and fasting for the nation. This group would become Intercessors for America. One of the first activities of the organization was at a large dining table where John Talcott and his wife, Roselyn, wrote and assembled a prayer letter mailed to a group of like-minded people who recognized the need for God to intervene in U.S. governmental and cultural issues. From these beginnings, IFA has grown to impact the masses. Our leadership is comprised of staff and board of directors, some of whom have been with the ministry since its inception.
Why We Do What We Do?
The average Christian does not have the contacts, time, or energy to keep informed of most issues on national, state, and local levels. More and more, some of these issues appear to deny our freedoms. Others undermine the basic moral fiber of our country. With each emerging issue, we need to seek God's guidance for our leaders and His intervention.
According to national studies, 83 to 90% of adults pray at least weekly. Through our decades of experience and contacts, we estimate that only 10% of those who pray intercede for our nation and its leaders. As God intervenes and works in the hearts of His people, we must continue to unite and encourage believers in effective prayer and fasting for America.
God's Word instructs us to pray regularly for those in authority over us. According to
I Timothy 2:1-4: "I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth." (New Living Translation)
Intercessor for America informs, connects, and mobilizes intercessors to pray for our nation and its leaders. We desire to reach the masses of Christians in churches and communities nationwide with information and tools to unite them in effective prayer to safeguard our country.
What Are Our Goals?
- To grow the number of people regularly interceding on national and local issues.
- To inform praying Christians about national and local prayer concerns.
- To connect Christians moved to intercessory prayer with like-minded intercessors.
- To mobilize Christian intercessors to corporately participate in prayer events focusing on national and local concerns.
How Do We Do It?
To inform, connect, and mobilize intercessors, IFA publishes materials and provides the following features from its headquarters in Purcellville, Virginia:
- Monthly prayer letters. A First Friday Prayer Letter helps unite and focus Christians as individuals and groups in prayer and fasting. Written from a biblical perspective, the letter contains timely national reports, accounts of revival and answered prayer, inspirational and informative teachings, and provides a First Friday Prayer Focus. Fasting is encouraged during the First Friday observance as a Christian discipline and biblical way of humility and intensifying our prayers.
- Weekly prayer alerts. The weekly The Informer prayer alert is sent via e-mail each Wednesday. These alerts outline critical issues in our nation''''s capital and monitors foreign fronts and national emergency matters. The alert is supplied upon request to individuals, churches, groups and organizations. Special alerts are also sent as needs arise.
- Church Pray! A monthly prayer resource for Sunday church bulletins outlines a weekly prayer focus and includes short teachings on prayer. Pastors report their churches becoming more prayer- and mission-minded through the use of this resource and are noticing an impact upon their areas as they engage in corporate intercession.
- G.A.P. Campaign. In the fall of 2009, IFA piloted a campaign to increase regular, praying participants. The "Get America Praying" (G.A.P.) Campaign sets up the ministry for continued growth over the next few years. G.A.P. will inform believers on issues facing the nation. Follow-up support for those wanting regular updates via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail is available through our website at www.GetAmericaPraying.com. Those wishing to be involved in this growing prayer movement can be connected with other like-minded praying Christians in their communities through the website. Other features of the website are available to help start and facilitate the creation of individual, ministry, and church prayer group websites.
These scriptures have undergirded the prayer mobilization of Intercessors for America (IFA) since its founding in 1973:
Matthew 6:6-18 - the pattern of Kingdom prayer and fasting taught by Jesus of Nazareth; Mark 11:17 - the Church as a house of prayer for all nations;
1 Timothy 2:1-4 - apostolic mandate to pray for all, and for all in authority so that there might be good government, peace, a godly society and a release of the gospel;
2 Chronicles 7:14 - God''''s call for His people to repent, pray, and turn from their wicked ways, with the promise of healing for their land;
Ezekiel 22:29-31 - God looking for even one leader or person who will "stand in the gap" and help avert judgment;
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 - the weapons of warfare are not carnal, but spiritually powerful to the destruction of demonic strongholds;
Matthew 16:18, 24:14 - the gates of hell will not prevail against the Church as it proclaims the gospel of the Kingdom to the ends of the earth.
Walking out the vision of America''''s Christian founders . . .
"I have often said it would be a thing very desirable, and very likely to be followed with a great blessing, if there could be some contrivance, that there should be an agreement of all God''''s people in America... to keep a Day of Fasting and Prayer to God; wherein, we should all unite on the same day... It seems to me, it would mightily encourage and animate God''''s saints, in humbly and earnestly seeking God, for such blessings which concerns them all; and that it would be much for the rejoicing of all, to think, that at the same time such multitudes of God''''s dear children, far and near, were sending up their cries to the same common Father for the same motives."
- Jonathan Edwards, 1742
- Glorify Jesus Christ, seek to edify the Church and extend God''''s kingdom on earth;
- Serve and build working relationships with local churches and their leaders;
- Partner with and complement other prayer ministries and like-minded organizations;
- Speak prophetically -- sound the trumpet -- concerning biblical moral issues;
- Adhere to biblical principles and godly conduct in all that we do;
- Carefully steward the resources entrusted to us;
- Stay modest in regards to structure, facilities and programs.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Apostles' Creed*
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell; the third day He rose again
from the dead; He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; the holy catholic** Church;
the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. AMEN.
* The Apostles'''' Creed is the most widely used creed in Christian churches.
It was compiled between the second and ninth centuries from ancient question
and answer confessions of faith which the early Church used with baptismal candidates.
** "catholic" refers to all authentic believers and followers of Christ, the Church universal,
not only the Roman Catholic Church.
IFA EDITORIAL STATEMENT
This statement is intended to guide editorial and policy positions by Intercessors for America (IFA) with regard to politically sensitive topics. IFA is independent of any political party, both by its mandate and by its tax-exempt status. We are to “pray for all men,” not only those affiliated with a particular political party (1 Tim 2: 1-4).
In today’s progressively polarized political and social climate, current issues often have political implications. For IFA, the relevance of any particular issue to our ministry’s constituency is not where the issue falls on the political spectrum, but rather where it falls on the biblical spectrum. For example, morality, by the biblical standard, can be viewed as the distinction between right and wrong, or good and bad behavior. Yet today, moral issues are often politicized under the guise of so-called “individual rights.” Morality and good behavior transcend the political process, and IFA must have the liberty to speak on such issues without our position being attributed as political. At the same time, we are constrained from speaking into issues where there isn’t corresponding biblical clarity. We don’t have a position on “the price of tea in China!”
When IFA addresses current issues, our goal is to “speak the truth in love” from a biblical perspective. This has always been the role of the prophet, and IFA, at its core, is a prophetic ministry—speaking forth on behalf of God and His interests to a badly corrupted world. At times, our position may appear to reflect a political tilt. This is understandable to the extent that a particular political party is more or less in alignment with a biblical posture. But our concurrence with, or opposition to a particular political party’s posture is coincidental.
Unique to the intercessor is the means by which the prophetic voice is expressed, for “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against (unseen spiritual forces) in heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). These spiritual forces are impervious to normal means of warfare, and must be addressed by praying Christians. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds…”) 2 Corinthians 10:4. By God’s Spirit, believers are able to discern the presence of these unseen dimensions and engage them through prevailing prayer.
The attributes of a healthy nation are many and varied, but among the most critical, and neglected, is intercessory prayer—engaged by prayer warriors who stand above the politics of the day and who exercise their God-given responsibility and privilege to shape history in the spiritual realm, and thereby on the earth.
IFA Board of Directors
John Beckett served as chairman of the Board of Directors from 1988 to June 2010 and as president of Intercessors for America from 1976 to 1988. He is an original board member. He is also the chairman of R.W. Beckett Corp, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and sales of engineered components for residential and commercial heating. A 1960 graduate from M.I.T., he joined his father in the small family-owned business in 1963 and became president in 1965 after his father''''s death. The company, with its affiliates, currently has sales exceeding $100 million and more than 700 employees. Mr. Beckett also is a founding board member of The King''''s College in New York City, serves on the Board of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, and is a director of Graphic Packaging Corporation, a NYSE-listed manufacturing company. He has long been active in church and community-related activities and an advocate for integrating faith into the workplace. He has written two books about the subject, Loving Monday: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul (published in 1998 and currently available in 14 languages) and Mastering Monday: A Guide to Integrating Faith and Work (published in 2006). He has been named "Christian Businessman of the Year" by Christian Broadcasting Network (1999) and manufacturing "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young (2003). Mr. Beckett has also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Spring Arbor University (2002) and The King''''s College (2008). He and his wife, Wendy, reside in Elyria, OH and have six children and fifteen grandchildren. Visit www.beckettcorp.com.
Dave Kubal is the President of Intercessors for America. He has been in ministry for over 25 years. For the vast majority of that he served Christ through The Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he last held the position of Vice President of Training and Leadership Development. As the President, his vision is to mobilize a multi-generational army of intercessors. He has a degree in Psychology and a minor in Business from Wright State University in Ohio. David earned his Masters of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary and is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He is married to his high school sweet heart, Kris. They have three children and reside in Purcellville, Virginia.
Jeffrey Coors serves as Chairman for the Board of Directors since June 2010, Intercessors for America. A graduate from Cornell University with a B.S. (1967) and M.A. (1968) in Chemical Engineering, Mr. Coors is chairman of Fiskeby Holdings US LLC, which operates a paper mill in Norrköping, Sweden. He retired as executive vice chairman of Graphic Packaging Corporation (NYSE: GPK) at the end of 2007 after serving as executive chairman from August 2003 until July 2006. Mr. Coors was chairman, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International from 1997 to 2003. He was also CEO of its predecessor company, ACX Technologies, from its inception in 1992. Prior to ACX, Mr. Coors enjoyed a 25 year career with Adolph Coors Company which encompassed a broad range of management responsibilities, including board member (1975-1992), president (1983-1988) and chairman and CEO of Coors Technology Companies (1986-1992). Throughout his career, Mr. Coors has taken an active role in civic, educational and business organizations and also serves on the boards of Free Congress Foundation, Mercy Ships, John Hopkins Medicine Board of Advisors, Hillsdale College, Independence Institute, and the Adolph Coors and Castle Rock Foundations. He is past chairman of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. He and his wife, Lis, reside in Golden, CO and have six children and eight grandchildren. Visit www.graphicpkg.com .
Dr. Lee Corder is the senior vice president for Young Life International Division in the northern hemisphere. For 20 years, he was Senior Chaplain for the NFL''''s Washington Redskins and is now Chaplain Emeritus. In the past, Dr. Corder has served Young Life as U.S. senior vice president, international director overseeing Europe and Africa, regional director of the Commonwealth region, and area director in both Maryland and Virginia. His education includes graduation from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government, a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Columbia Seminary. Dr. Corder is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He and his wife, Paula, have four children and live in Arlington, Virginia. Visit his work: http://sites.younglife.org/sites/internationalnorth/default.aspx
Randall Darling lives in Chardon, Ohio with his wife Susan. They have four children. Randall graduated from John Carroll University in 1970 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He serves as an elder and treasurer of New Covenant Fellowship. Randall helped to cofound a K-4 through 12 Christian School in 1999 and continue to serve on the board of trustees. He is the president and co-owner of an industrial construction company, Ayrshire, Inc., that specializes in chemical processing installations. Visit his company online: http://www.ayrshireinc.com/
Sally Fesperman and her husband, Jay, founded a full-time ministry in 1970, the Inn of Last Resort/Christian Training Center International (CTCI). They operated it together until Jay''''s death in 1992. Sally has remained actively involved in the ministry and serves with Larry and Susan Pons in overseeing CTCI''''s programs and outreach. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Derek Prince Ministries International and Intercessors for America.
Lou Giuliano retired as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of ITT Corporation at the end of 2004. During his 26-year tenure at ITT, he focused on leadership development and an overarching strategy of continuous improvement. Lou also oversaw a rapid expansion of ITT's activities in China. Prior to being named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998, Lou was President and Chief Executive of ITT's Defense and Electronics businesses and Senior Vice President of ITT Corporation. Prior to joining ITT, Lou enjoyed a 19-year career at Allied-Signal.
Guy Kump and his wife Anita have been residing in Jerusalem, Israel since May 2003. God has placed them there to be watchmen on the walls (Isaiah 62) in preparation for the salvation of Israel (Romans 11:26-27) and the return of Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Acts 3:19-21). Guy has been traveling internationally to pray, proclaim, and preach from the prophetic word of God since 1985 under the ministry of Prayer International. He was formerly the Executive Director of Intercessors For America, 1976-1985, where he remains on the Board of Directors. Guy was a founder and the pastor of a church in Elyria, Ohio, USA, 1985-2001.
David "Mac" McQuiston is one of the few people of our time who has had the opportunity not only to witness the development of some of the greatest institutions of our time, but to be a pivotal part of that growth as well. Since his graduation from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1965, Mr. McQuiston has been involved in World Wide Pictures in association with Billy Graham. He has served as Senior Vice President of Insight for Living, one of today''''s most recognized worldwide ministries, established by Chuck Swindoll. In addition, he has served as Senior Vice President of Development for Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, another of today''''s foremost discipleship ministries. The centerpiece of his notable career in ministry has been Focus on the Family. Today Focus on the Family is arguably the world''''s most widely recognized family ministry. The Focus on the Family daily broadcast is heard on almost 2,000 U.S. radio affiliates and dozens more world wide, reaching hundreds of millions every week. Since Focus'''' unassuming beginnings in 1977, Mr. McQuiston has been a key participant in the growth of this international ministry. He began work with Focus at its inception in 1977. He began as one of the original board members and was a signatory of the Focus on the Family incorporation. He later became Vice President of Administration and Development. Mr. McQuiston was key in the launch of Dr. James Dobson''''s City Wide Seminars in 1977 and Dr. Dobson''''s first film series in 1978. In June of 2005 the CEO Forum became its own entity after spending ten years as a division of Focus on the Family. He serves as CEO/President. The CEO Forum serves to advance the kingdom of God through the development of spiritual statesmen, among senior executives of major corporations, through education, mentoring and "safe relationships" among peers. Participants of the Forum include CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Colorado Springs, CO and have two daughters and four grandchildren.
Cort Randell serves as secretary for the Board of Directors. Mr. Randell is an experienced entrepreneur. He has founded a number of successful businesses, including the National Student Marketing Corporation and the Federal News Service in 1985 which grew to the fourth largest newswire in the U.S. He and his wife, Joan, reside in Fairfax, Virginia.
Jeremy Story is the president of Campus Renewal Ministries, a national and international ministry serving as a catalyst to convene students and college ministers in united prayer and action to transform college campuses and students. A proud graduate of the University of Texas, God gave him this vision while he was a student. Over the past twelve years, he has traveled across the nation to forty states and five continents to work with, encourage, and train Christian ministry and church leaders on college campuses. God has given him a strong desire for mobilizing prayer movements, college students, simple church planting and uniting Christian leaders. Mr. Story is well versed in church history, revival history, and transformational stories of what God is currently doing across the world. He and his wife, Jenny, reside in Manhattan Island, New York City, NY, and have five children. Visit www.campusrenewal.org.
Larry Tomczak is an apostolic leader and evangelist with 35 years of ministry experience. He led People of Destiny International (now under a different ministry name and leadership), a pioneering church planting movement which has established almost 60 churches in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Tomczak was editor of People of Destiny magazine and his books include the quarter-million best seller, Clap Your Hands, Church Planters Handbook (co-author), Divine Appointments and Reckless Abandon. He was an instructor at the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry and former senior pastor at Christ the King Church of Atlanta which recently was turned over to his son. Mr. Tomczak serves as director of International Evangelism, Church-planting and Prayer (ICECAP), a ministry that equips Christians in New Testament evangelism and church-planting, fueled by prayer, through instruction, mentoring and application so graduates return to their "home base" inspired and prepared for effective ministry. He and his wife, Doris, have four children and reside near Nashville, TN. Visit www.larrytomczak.com.
Jimmy Owens and his wife are among the pioneers of Contemporary Christian Music and the modern worship movement. They are Grammy and Dove nominated composers of some 250 published and recorded songs, including 12 musicals. Mr. and Mrs. Owens are the founders of the School of Music Ministries International. Like their earlier well-known works, If My People and Come Together, an intercessory cantata, Heal Our Land, has been performed in many city-wide events and widely embraced by the church in many nations. They have recently published the book, "Restoring a Nation''''s Foundation" that is available through IFA''''s eBookstore. Before specializing with his wife in songwriting and teaching, Mr. Owens was a church minister of music and an arranger/conductor for two TV series and many albums on most major Christian labels. He and his wife, Carol, currently reside in Costa Mesa, California. Visit www. jimmyandcarolowens.com.
John Heard served as Treasurer of the IFA Board. A lawyer, certified public accountant, and former Tax Section Chairman of the State Bar of Texas, Mr. Heard was Law Partner with the firm of Vinson and Elkins from 1952-86. He is also a Board member of Derek Prince Ministries International. He and his wife, Joanna, reside in Houston, Texas.
Founding Board Members - Deceased
Rev. Ern Baxter
Mr. Jay Fesperman
Mr. George Gillies
Mr. Warren Black
John G. Talcott, Jr.