Bustos Attends National Prayer Breakfast with Peoria Leaders

Pastors Marvin Hightower and Martin Johnson Join as Guests

Washington – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) attended the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. The Congresswoman was joined by Peoria NAACP President Pastor Marvin Hightower and local community leader Pastor Martin Johnson.

“At a time where our nation feels more divided than ever, we should take every opportunity to cross the aisle and share a meal,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “The National Prayer Breakfast is a historic tradition, where politics and faith come together. I am grateful to Pastors Hightower and Johnson for joining me today, and look forward to more opportunities to build up our community.”

“I’d like to thank Congresswoman Bustos for inviting me to join her for this year’s National Prayer Breakfast,” said Pastor Hightower. “I had a wonderful time meeting people from different places across the country this morning, where we had the opportunity to learn more about how we can work together, despite our differences, to move our country forward.”

“This morning’s National Prayer Breakfast was a significant moment for our country,” said Pastor Johnson. “It allowed us to come together and have honest conversations about how we can keep love at the center of everything we do and I thank Congresswoman Bustos for this unique opportunity.”

Pastor Marvin Hightower was born and raised in Peoria, where he currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Liberty Church and the President of the NAACP.

Pastor Martin Johnson is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Ministries of Peoria.

The National Prayer Breakfast was started by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1953. Since then, the breakfast has become an annual tradition, where people across the country meet with the goal of mutual encouragement and fellowship.