vision and Mission

Vision: To see an awakening to the supremacy of Jesus Christ throughout His world.

MISSION: Leading children and adults to follow Jesus through the power of the prayer covenant.

Ministry team

Dr. Jerry R. Kirk

Founder of The Prayer Covenant

Dr. Jerry Kirk is the Founder of the Prayer Covenant. He served as Senior Pastor of the College Hill Presbyterian Church for nineteen years. In 1986 Dr. Kirk founded the Religious Alliance Against Pornography. He is also the founder of pureHOPE. In 2013, through partnership with other leaders, he established “The Prayer Covenant.”

Candy L. Marballi

President and CEO

Candy Marballi is author of “The Prayer Covenant for Children,” and serves as President and CEO of The Prayer Covenant. She has served in children’s ministries for over 30 years in the United States, Japan and the Philippines. Their mission is leading children and adults to follow Jesus through the power of the prayer covenant. Over four million children in 50 countries worldwide have been discipled with this prayer tool.

Rick Schatz

Chief Operations Officer

Rick Schatz is the Chief Operations Officer of The Prayer Covenant. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in Chemical Engineering and has an MBA from Harvard. He was on staff of pureHOPE, 1990-2016, serving as President and CEO for 14 years. He is also the Executive Director of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography.

Pastor D.J.

Director of Ministry Development

Pastor D.J. has a passion to see individuals from all nations develop a lifestyle of prayer. He graduated from Colombia International University with a degree in Bible and a Master's degree in Education. He founded the children's ministry GameLife 77 a ministry that uses experiential-games to bring the Bible to life. He designed the experiential-games that are used within the Prayer Covenant for Children.

Joanie Rielage

Administrative Assistant

Joanie Rielage is the Financial Assistant for the Prayer Covenant. With 35 years of professional experience she brings both skill and a passion to serve the Lord—she especially loves serving behind the scenes.

Jana Theaderman

Administrative Assistant

Jana Theaderman serves as the Administrative Assistant for The Prayer Covenant. She has previous experience in public service and administrative support. Her passions in ministry include hospitality, children, and music. In her free time, Jana enjoys spending time with family, cooking, being outdoors, and all-things coffee! She and her husband, Frank, live in New Richmond, Ohio, and have two adult children, Jessica and Travis.

Board of Directors

Message from the President

Candy L. Marballi

President and CEO

In 2010, I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Jerry Kirk speak on the Lordship of Christ and the Prayer Covenant and how it had impacted his life and ministry. My husband and I along with hundreds of others entered that Sunday morning into a prayer covenant with Jerry. It was life changing. We began praying this Christ-centered prayer every day and experiencing the power from it.

Three years later, in my prayer time, I asked God what He wanted me to teach the upcoming Children’s Choir at Hope Church (I was the Children’s Choir Director at the time). He gave me a clear vision of a children’s prayer card. I called Jerry and asked if we could put this prayer into simple language that would speak to a child’s heart and so began the Prayer Covenant for Children. He asked me to assemble a team of educators that would work alongside his team. A few months later, we had a children’s prayer card. I was asked to write a book for children that included a curriculum that would take parents and teachers through its ten themes.

We launched, The Power of the Prayer Covenant for Kids at the 4/14 Best Practices Conference in New York City, October 2014 at Promise Ministries. I was invited to share about the ministry with a large group of African delegates. Shortly thereafter, the book won GOLD for Education by Illumination Book Awards in a National Press Release. By November 2014, I began receiving requests from international leaders to translate and use the children’s Prayer Covenant resources within their ministries.

The children’s Prayer Covenant has been an adventure of a lifetime. I have seen and experienced God’s provision and faithfulness first-hand on a daily basis. The ministry continues to be an unfolding miracle. It affirms God’s heart for children across the globe. It affirms His unconditional love and desire to hear from them daily. And it has affirmed the words in Proverbs 16:9, Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

Paul wrote in II Corinthians 9:8, God is able to make all grace abound towards you so that in all things, at all times, having all you need you will abound in every good work. Initially I never thought the prayer cards would be used outside our church let alone around the world. What began with a vision for 50 children, God has turned into millions of children on 5 continents, and we believe this is only the beginning. He has given us a vision to reach every child globally with this simple prayer tool. By His grace and help we believe it is only a matter of time.

Working interdenominationally, through existing Kingdom-focused churches and networks is critical and effective in meeting this goal. The global church is uniting, rising up and seeing the importance of discipling children and engaging them in ministry so they understand their purpose: to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Children around the world are learning what it means to spend time with Jesus every day. They are growing strong in their faith as they commit to love God with their whole heart, soul, mind and strength and discover what it means to love others as themselves: compassionately and sacrificially.

One of the greatest faith-strengthening exercises for me has been the power of answered prayer. The Children’s Prayer Covenant is empowering children around the world as they not only experience answer to prayer but discover what it means to walk with Jesus, to experience His presence, His power and His unconditional love. I believe with all my heart that if we want to raise a generation of faithful Jesus followers and disciple makers we must model this for our children and youth. If every one of us are committed to daily living out the Great Commission and the Great Commandments, every child will come to experience the hope and love of Jesus. May His grace continue to abound towards us all so that in all things, at all times, having all we need, together, united, we will continue to abound in every good work for His glory and for His kingdom.

Vik Marballi

Executive Committee Board Chair

New Albany, Ohio


Candy Marballi

Executive Committee President

New Albany, Ohio


Andrew Ellison

Executive Committee Board Treasurer

Loveland, OH


Bill Shipley

Executive Committee Board Secretary

Charlotte, NC


Karl Matson

Board Member

Mason, OH


Raffoul Najem

Board Member

Lowell, MA

Nancy Rogers

Board Member

Hamilton, OH


Ford Taylor

Board Member

Cincinnati, OH

Bill Trick

Board Member

Tuscaloosa, AL


Dan Weber

Board Member

Loveland, OH


Julie Weber

Board Member

Loveland, OH


“The Prayer Covenant invites us to raise a new generation of worshippers and intercessors around the world.”

Luis Bush, International Facilitator, TWC, Servant, Transform World 2020, 4/14 Movement

the Prayer covenant impact

“This elegantly simple concept has transformed to lives of many of the members (of our church) and has been part of the foundation for multiple ministries arising out of the church.”


“When Jerry explained to me the Prayer Covenant relationships that he has developed with hundreds of other individuals, I better understood the source of his energy and enthusiasm in service of God’s people.”

– ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH F. NAUMANN, Archdiocese of Kansas City

“As chairman of the Global Prayer initiative for Convoy of Hope, I have seen the results of prayer…I believe the Prayer Covenant is vital for those who are followers of Jesus Christ, especially at this time in the history of America.”

– DR. THOMAS E. TRASK, Global Prayer Initiative

“As a pastor I continue to enter into the Prayer Covenant with people and I have seen God use it powerfully in the lives of many of the hundreds of people I have entered into it with over the years!”

– BILL CRAIG, Pastor for Spiritual Direction, Hope Church

“The Prayer Covenant that Jerry Kirk advocates is a wonderfully inspirational and supportive guide that encourages Christians to enter a new and deepened level of prayer. We need that!”

– RANDALL A. BACH, President, Open Bible Churches

“My life has been personally impacted by the Prayer Covenant, and I believe that the Prayer Covenant will be used powerfully in the lives of God’s people throughout our country.”


the Prayer covenant story

Jerry Kirk first heard of the Prayer Covenant in the summer of 1967. He was riding in a car with Don Reyberg, a Pittsburgh business leader. They were on their way to a state church leader’s meeting and were supposed to speak on evangelism.

Jerry asked what the Lord had been doing lately in Don’s life. Don had recently heard the final sermon of an Episcopal minister, Dr. Sam Shoemaker. The message was called Get changed, Get together, and Get going, and it had changed Don’s life.

After this sermon, Don had met with a number of men in “employment anonymous”. Over a period of 18 months, Don worked with other believers to lead men to Jesus as their Lord, and to encourage them together to seek the Lord. There were lots of answered prayers and amazing stories of more than 350 men finding work and the Lord in this time! Jerry had never heard anyone with this quantity and quality of stories!

Don asked Jerry to enter into a 30 day prayer covenant with him. It was an amazing experience! Everyone Jerry met wanted to be in a prayer covenant! Just like Don, stories of changed lives erupted all around Jerry.

One example was a woman who came to Jerry worried that she was in danger of losing her marriage. They entered into a prayer covenant together. Later as the covenant continued, she came to Jerry saying she could not pray the prayer. Jerry asked why and she said because she was having an affair! Jerry asked if her honesty was due to the prayer, and it was! Now she truly was ready to pray the prayer, and years later she visited Jerry to share the story of their marriage being healed!

Jerry has spent the last 51 years speaking about the Prayer Covenant and praying with people in a variety of covenants all over the world. He has spoken on the Prayer Covenant at Montreath, the home of Billy Graham. He has spoken around the country and in dozens of churches.

Jerry has been in over 9000 individual prayer covenants. His own life has been profoundly changed and formed by prayers of those people praying for him. Jerry has been in Prayer Covenants with members of his own family and seen three subsequent generations transformed through it.

The Prayer Covenant transforms lives because it is a process and a prayer anchored in the Scriptures and is in direct obedience to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. We pray this movement will spread and result in an awakening to Jesus Christ as Lord, for his Kingdom and his glory!

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from whence He shall come to judge the living 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 life everlasting. Amen.

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