Professional mentor and alumna will keynote MLK Prayer Breakfast

Jan 09, 2015

North Central College welcomes alumna Shawndra Brown ’06 Lucas as guest speaker for its annual Prayer Breakfast on Jan. 19, kicking off a weeklong celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Free and hosted by the Office of Ministry and Service, the Prayer Breakfast will take place from 7 to 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, in the Harold and Eva White Activities Center. Reservations are required; contact Chelsea Armstrong at 630-637-5151 or

A professional mentor, Lucas has dedicated her life to serving high school and college-aged students. Since graduating from North Central College with a degree in English, she received a master’s degree in education from DePaul University and has worked as a ministry leader, speaker and educator.

For the past seven years, Lucas has been writing Christian curriculum and developing social-emotional learning programs for at-risk students. She also has been part of ministry and leadership experiences in England, Ethiopia, Slovakia, Poland, El Salvador, Canada and many U.S. cities.

Lucas serves as director of STRIDE, a mentorship experience for high school students. She and her husband Todd are directors of Chicago Chi Alpha, a ministry that serves students on six college campuses throughout the city of Chicago. She lives and works in Chicago but grew up in Naperville.