Thursday Morning Men’s Breakfast









Paul Atwater has a passion for helping spiritually confused people experience the joy of discovering God’s purpose for their lives.  Toward this end, Paul launched North River Community Church (Pembroke) in 1989.  Paul’s gifts focus on leadership, teaching and evangelism.  Paul was a co-captain of the Wheaton College (IL) football team and received his M.Div. from Denver Seminary.  He has contributed articles for Leadership Journal and Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox.  Under Paul’s leadership, North River Church was profiled by WCVB Channel 5’s “Chronicle” and Paul received the 2004 Purpose Driven Church Health Award on North River’s behalf.  He also teaches Old Testament at South Shore Christian Academy in Weymouth.  Paul and his wife, Sue, have two daughters and live in Hanover.

Mark Booker is the Rector of the Church of the Cross, Boston. Originally from Colorado, Mark used to work professionally in the great outdoors. After completing theological study at the University of Oxford, he ministered in congregations in Jackson, MS, and Washington, DC, prior to moving to Boston in 2009.  Mark and his wife, Mandy, have four children.

J. David Franks has been blessed by God the Father with a passion for teaching.  He teaches systematic and moral theology at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston (the Catholic seminary for most of New England), as a member of the full-time faculty.  David also serves as the Vice President for Mission of the Seminary’s Theological Institute for the New Evangelization (TINE), which provides non-seminarians with whole-person formation in the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  David is honored to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life (MCFL), the Commonwealth’s flagship pro-life grassroots organization.  David studied at Swarthmore College and The Catholic University of America before receiving a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College.  Above all, David cherishes his role as husband and father.  He and his wife Angela are raising five wonderful children, in Boston.


Tim Leary just finished his 15th year working for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.  He started at Johns Hopkins (where he went to college), then did 2 years in Asia, and now is at BU and MIT Sloan reaching out to internationals and graduate students (MBA types).  He is married to Sarah and now has 3 children and worships at Park Street Church (and serves as their director of Grad ministries).


Jurgen Liias has a razor sharp wit that is matched only by his genuine warmth and contagious love of people. Known for his earnest desire to see hearts mended and lives transformed, he has been especially involved in movements of spiritual renewal within the church.  Jurgen has been a frequent retreat and mission leader. On April 20, 2013, Jürgen Liias was ordained a Catholic Priest, and is working guiding the flock at Saint Gregory the Great Church, which meet at Saint Patrick’s Parish in Stoneham. Born in Germany in 1948, he came to the United States as a refugee in 1951, settling and growing up in the Boston area. He graduated from Amherst College and the Episcopal Theological School and was ordained in 1972. He has previously served parishes in Danvers, Hamilton, Malden, and downtown Boston.  Jurgen and his wife Gloria have two children.

We ask that first time visitors attend as the guest of a regular participant.                      For an invitation, please contact Joe Cunningham at 617.298.9991 or

The cost of the Breakfast is $15.

First time visitors are admitted free.


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