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BRYAN COUNTY, GA. – OCTOBER 28, 2021 – Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church recently launched a Community Speakers Series. The initiative is designed to bring leaders of nonprofits and other philanthropic organizations from around Bryan County into the church, where they speak to parishioners after Sunday services. During their presentations, the community speakers share information about their organization’s mission, programs, and work in the area.

The first two speakers in the series were Summer Patterson, Bryan County Fire and Emergency Services’ Deputy Chief of EMA/Division Chief of EMS, and Britnee Kinard, founder and CEO of S.D. Gunner Fund, which was created to assist veterans, exceptional children, and first responders with the financial expense of owning much needed service and therapy animals.

Patterson spoke about emergency preparedness and fire safety, especially as the holiday season nears and fire pits, fireplaces, candles and lights become more frequently used. BCFES makes public and education and outreach a large part of their work in the community.

Kinard spoke about S.D. Gunner Fund’s newest initiatives and programs, in addition to many community partnerships they have formed to host fundraisers and events that are quite popular among their supporters. Kinard first founded S.D. Gunner when her husband, a Purple Heart Veteran, was in need of a service dog, but their family found it difficult to navigate all the red tape required in order to receive one. After she successfully assisted her husband, other veterans got wind of Kinard’s strong leadership skills and began to request help. Thus, a nonprofit organization was born.

Spirit of Peace Pastor Devin Strong and his congregation were happy to welcome their first two speakers to the church and look forward to hearing from additional local leaders and nonprofit organizers.

“Both Summer and Britnee gave wonderful presentations, full of valuable information, interesting background material and great suggestions for ways to support their organizations and be more involved in our community,” Strong said. “We thank both of them sincerely for sharing their valuable time with us and hope they’ll come back to visit again in the future.”

Any local nonprofit or philanthropic organization leaders and founders who are interested in speaking as part of Spirit of Peace’s Community Speakers Series can reach out to the church by calling (912) 727-5608 or emailing

Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church’s mission is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through ministry, promoting a lifestyle of worship and loving service through word and prayer so that all of God’s children will know Christ’s transforming joy. For more information about this event or Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church, please visit

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