Spiritual Life

Annual prayer breakfast highlights matters of faith

The 21st annual Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast, featuring the theme “Finding Your Calling,” is scheduled 7-8:30 a.m. March 13 at the Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

The event, launched as the Los Altos Prayer Breakfast by a group of Los Altos couples in 1995, spotlights Christian leaders who offer their testimonies on the power of faith and prayer in their lives and as vital elements of a meaningful and vibrant life.

This year’s speakers include Kirk Perry, Google Inc.’s president of Brand Solutions, and Neil Ahlsten, CEO of Carpenters Code.

Perry is responsible for driving Google’s global revenue with the world’s largest advertisers and agencies. Before joining Google in 2013, he spent more than two decades at Procter & Gamble Co. working on global brands.

Perry is passionate about serving others. His board affiliations have included Ronald McDonald House, City Links Foundation, the United Way Campaign Cabinet, the March of Dimes National and Regional boards and the University of Cincinnati Foundation. He has coached youth sports for 15 years. He and his wife, Jacki, have been married for 24 years and have four children.

Ahlsten co-founded Carpenters Code, following a calling to design apps for spiritual needs. His career spans the launch of Ads platforms and Android at Google Inc. to years of refugee and humanitarian work in Congo, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopia. At Carpenters Code, Ahlsten leads a fellowship team from Google, Tesla, eBay and other firms to tackle major spiritual needs like prayer. Carpenters Code recently kicked off the mobile app Abide, which aims to enhance the power of prayer on key topics.

Ahlsten and his wife, Nadia, have four children, two adopted from Congo. The Ahlstens serve on the board of a foundation dedicated to helping orphans in Congo. In his spare time, he mountaineers and has summited Mount Kilimanjaro multiple times and scaled the glaciers of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda.

The Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast is neither a fundraiser nor associated with a particular church or denomination.

Tickets are $40 per person, $400 for a table of 10.

For tickets and more information, visit svpb.net.

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