Mike Holt

I would like to recommend the ministry of Steve Smith and the Athens prayer network. Steve has done a fantastic job in gathering the pastors of our community to pray on a regular basis and also during times of crisis in our country. As a church, we support Steve and Shellie, and believe in their calling to unite our city in prayer. Consider involving yourself in your church in the opportunities they provide for prayer. They are well planned, intentional, and created to cultivate intercession and intimacy with God both personally and corporately.

Mike Holt

Pastor – Nations Church

Sean Seay

There’s no other way to describe it than Steve & Shellie Smith and the Athens Prayer Network have been life changing for me. I have loved God for many years, but I have not been a man of prayer for most of my life. Thanks to God’s work in me through the APN that has changed. I have seen God do so many wonderful things in the last decade since the APN began. They have faithfully invested in me, my family, and our church. We won’t know the full fruit until we are with the Lord. But I am eternally thankful. We love supporting the APN financially as a family and as a church. This ministry will continue to bear fruit in our city and be a source of blessing for many.

Sean Seay

Pastor – Athens Church

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Scott Sheppard

Steve Smith is a friend, as well as a gift to Athens, GA and to the Body of Christ. His passion and ability to gather pastors, church / ministry leaders, and at times the city, together for the sole purpose of prayer is rare. 

Recognizing the need to gather pastors together in a safe space to share one another’s burdens, celebrate victories and pray with and for each other is courageous. It’s not an easy task, but Steve has a very special calling on his life and a gift that’s unquestionably from the Lord, which has equipped him to do just that. 

He has been such a blessing to me personally and to our church as we meet to pray. I feel closer to God and pray even bolder prayers because of Steve’s impact and unique ministry. I’m thankful for his friendship and ministry in our city. 

Scott Sheppard

Lead Pastor – Cornerstone Church, Athens, GA 

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Bill Curington

Over 5 years ago, Steve & I went with 2 other Athens ministers to a ministry conference in Orlando, FL.  God used that event to plant a burning desire in our hearts to see Revival in Athen s.  Once we came back, Steve began organizing a weekly prayer gathering where Athens area ministers & prayer leaders throw themselves at the feet of God in repentance & prayer to see His Kingdom come into the Classic City. 

God has revealed to me & countless others that a ground shaking move of God is coming to Athens.  It’s apparent to me Steve is the tip of the spear in Jesus’ hand that the Lord is using to create an unstoppable move of prayer that precedes the long expected Revival.  My heart has been filled with Revival fire as a result of Steve’s ministry & I know yours will be too!

Bill Curington

Pastor – St. James Church

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Steven Link

Steve and Shellie Smith are such a blessing to me and Kristin, our family, and our faith family at Phoenix Athens. When God led us to plant in Athens, Steve was the first guy we were led to connect with – and it was such an encouragement to learn that God was using Steve and the Athens Prayer Network as an agent of unification among Church leaders all across the city.  Steve drips with passion and love for Jesus, and he is always believing God for more than the status quo…and in ministry, it’s refreshing to have a brother like Steve and a network like APN in our city who I know is constantly interceding for me, my family and my faith family. May God bless every city with a Steve & Shellie Smith!

Steven Link

Co-Pastor – Phoenix Athens

https://www.phoenixathens.church/

Travis Gay

I’ve known Steve Smith for many years now and I’ve been able to observe over this time the sincerity of his faith and his passionate love for Jesus.  Steve and Shellie have been major catalysts for stirring up prayer and worship in our city.  He’s helped unify pastors and ministry leaders under the simple yet divinely powerful umbrella of prayer.  Many pastors meet with Steve one-on-one to share prayer needs, concerns and issues they’re facing.  This is so critical to a pastor’s life!  To have someone to pray and share their heart with is invaluable.  Steve is a trusted friend and brother-in-Christ.  It’s an honor to minister alongside him in our city.

 

Travis Gay

Pastor – The Awakening

http://www.theawakeningathens.org/

Sandy Blount

One of the moves of God in the Athens area that has encouraged me greatly is the call of God on Steve Smith to bring unity through prayer for such a time as this.  I have known Steve since 2015 and have watched as God worked through him to establish the Athens Prayer Network.  Steve says, “Our personal calling in life is to be wholehearted, risk-taking, lovers of God and help others be the same!”  I can testify that he is the real deal!  

 Steve has an amazing gift for organizing community-wide events. I especially appreciate being contacted personally by texts that keep me informed of prayer gatherings. Even though I often can’t attend, I can at least pray from home. These gatherings include prayer walks, prayer vigils for our schools, and regular corporate prayer gatherings. There are also daily texts that unite our community in persistent prayer toward revival.  God has used Steve to unite pastors and other church leaders, across denominations and racial barriers, to become a powerful Christian presence in our community.  Anyone involved in Athens Prayer Network events will have opportunities to learn about our community’s diversity as we unite under the leadership of Jesus.

In addition to focusing on the community as a whole, Steve also has a heart for individuals. One of Steve’s strengths is developing genuine relationships in which he gives sacrificially of his time.  His personal ministry to pastors has been crucially important during these past few years of turmoil and uncertainty. He has also been available to me anytime I have reached out with a question or need, and I truly appreciate that.  In spite of all he does, Steve never seems hurried or distracted.  He genuinely values each individual.

 I thank God for Steve and all that the Athens Prayer Network has done for our community. The prayer net that it provides is crucial in this day and time, and the unity that it generates is powerful for the Kingdom.  

Sandy Blount

Team Leader – RTF Athens Prayer Ministry, Restoring the Foundations International

https://www.restoringthefoundations.org/teamprofile/sandy-blount/

David Hutchinson

Steve Smith is a gift to our city.  His passionate vision to see a move of God in Athens and his unique ability to stir up prayer in various circles are what sets Athens Prayer Network apart from any other ministry in this area.  I have personally benefited from the fruit of his labors by getting connected to other Pastors in our city and praying together on a consistent basis.  We see the fruit of APN in our city, but we won’t fully know all that’s been accomplished by APN until Christ takes us home.

 

David Hutchinson

Senior Pastor – New Covenant Worship Center

http://ncwc.org/

Dr. Pastor David Holt

I am so thankful for Steve Smith’s ministry.  He has been used of God to bring pastors and other Christian leaders together for prayer and unity.  In a day of great division, we need to come together to talk and pray.  Steve has been a powerful catalyst for this in the Athens area.  In addition, he has been a wonderful friend and prayer warrior for me personally.  It will take eternity to reveal the true and deep fruit of Steve’s ministry.

 

Dr. Pastor David Holt

Pastor – Living Hope Church

https://www.livinghopeathens.org/

Prayer Wall Sample 1

Our Father,
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen.