Prayer conference begins Thursday at Unity Christian Ministries
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
May 04, 2014 | 589 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Cleveland Net is partnering with Unity Christian Ministries and Alfreada Westfield to hold a transformation focused prayer conference in Cleveland.

The conference will be held May 8 through 10 at Unity Christian Ministries. Thursday’s opening service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday will feature speakers at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.

Cockerham said partnering with the prayer conference is a way for the group to continue the work of promoting transformational prayer in the community and region.

“Spiritual transformation means rearrangement of everything in our lives according to the purposes of God,” Cockerham said.

The event is free and open to the public.

“I see it as intercessors reporting for duty [and training],” Westfield said.

She said those called to prayer ministry need to get serious and pray for transformation in this country.

“I think it is urgent because of the fate of America right now,” Westfield said.

Mary Glazier of Alaska will be one of the featured speakers.

“This woman has personal testimony she can share,” Cleveland Net Field Director LaVonna Cockerham said.

Glazier’s story will be part of her presentation during the conference.

Westfield was a part of Cleveland Net when it first started. She left the area to serve in the military, but, after she retired, Westfield called Cockerham about partnering with the prayer conference Westfield was organizing.

“It’s kind of like coming home for her,” Cockerham said.

In the 10 years the group has been connecting and praying with spiritual and professional leaders, Cockerham said they have seen many answers and transformations in the city, local school systems and business/industry areas.

“I’m seeing a shift,” Westfield said. “Our young intercessors need trainers … God sent someone at a good time to mentor me.”

The prayer conference will serve as a way to start this mentorship.

Cockerham said Global Day of Prayer had been a big event for Cleveland Net for many years, bringing many spiritual, business and community groups. Together in recent years, the organization has partnered with other organizations with similar vision. Cleveland Net has facilitated the Cleveland/Bradley Ministerial Association, supported HavenPlace Community Youth Center and provided prayer leaders to give the invocation at Cleveland City Council and Bradley County Commission meetings. Every Friday, Cleveland Net members meet at a different community location such as a school or business and pray for the establishment.

“We pray in the mayors’ offices, and we are welcomed in to encourage and be very open about our Christian faith,” Cockerham said. “We have literally watched God change things that had been areas of trouble.”

Partnering with the prayer conference will be the first citywide event Cleveland Net has participated in two years.

Cleveland Net is participating as part of its mission to see members of the community praying for and seeing transformation take place in all areas of their lives.

“We have seen God do amazing things in every system that we have targeted,” Cockerham said. “We have seen God do amazing things because we have the personal testimonies.”

As part of its continued focus on transformation, Cleveland Net is beginning to collect stories from members of the community that have seen their life or a situation transformed through prayer.

Cockerham said the group hopes to document the stories and preserve them.

Those wishing to share a story of transformation with Cleveland Net can contact the organization at (423) 380-888 or

Unity Christian Ministries is located at 3873 Old Tasso Road and can be reached at 423-473-9338.