The Women's Prayer Summit 

Our History

The Women’s Prayer Summits of October 1997 and 1998 gathered thousands of women to pray “with one heart and one voice” at what is formerly known as Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Initiated by Janet Broling and a team of pastor’s wives from the New York metro area, these gatherings were so significant and powerful that years later a third Women’s Prayer Summit was held on October 30, 2010, at the Armory, Fort Washington Ave., NY. It was another amazing experience which was not easily forgotten, so much so that ten years later, women were still asking, “When are you going to do it again?” 

In response, the WPS committee was called upon to convene a fourth Women’s Prayer Summit gathering in the heart of NYCThe word got out and the response has been overwhelming, so the committee is focusing on the prayer needs for the women of our cities and the nations now.

Our Beliefs

Our intentions are simple. We believe that prayer and unity create a powerful combination of change and transformation, starting with the body of Christ and extending to those around us who are so desperately in need of Him. You can support this initiative by inviting women from your church, your ministry, and your region to save the date for this extraordinary virtual event on October 3. 

If not now, then when. If not us, then who.

Executive Committee and Associations

  • Joyce Mattera, WPS Director and Committee Chair 

Co-founder and Associate Pastor of Resurrection Church, Brooklyn, NY and Executive Director of “Children of the City” family development organization

  • Anne McCune, WPS Lead Sponsor

Storehouse Mission Support, Watermark Wesleyan Church, WNY Women’s Prayer Summit

  • Sonya McNair, WPS Marketing and Media Director

President, NY Media Initiative; NY State Coordinator of National Day of Prayer Task Force

  • Mary Bruce, WPS Prayer Coordinator

National Day of Prayer Task Force and NDP Ministries-Northeast; Associate Pastor at House of Prayer Church, Waterbury, CT

  • Gabrielle Beam

Pastor of Mary of Bethany Fellowship (Anglican Diocese of New England); Founder Pray Bridgeport; Member of Executive Board of Pastors-CT for Impact Connecticut and Connecticut Prays; Chaplain of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Greater Bridgeport, CT, and vicinity

  • Beverly Caesar

Executive Director, Arts in Christian Theatre; Associate Pastor, Bethel Gospel Tabernacle, CEO Zizacreative Publishing Co. 

  • Pastor Pura DeJesus-Coniglio

Attorney at Law 

  • Victoria Mahairas

Founder and Bible teacher alongside husband, Manhattan Bible Church, and Christian Academy; Board member, Citivision International ministry; Board member, Transformation Life Center 

  • Marlinda Ireland


Co-Founder Christ Church

  • Emily Gay

Director, Pray.NYC

  • Yolanda Valentin-Aviles

Rescue Ministries, New York; Affiliate of REIRAN, a network of Hispanic Association of International Christian Ministers