Crowd Thrilled to Hear Mobster's Story

CBMC Metro Prayer Breakfast 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019 8:00 am

by Becky Skidmore

On Wednesday, April 17, over 1100 business leaders from Oklahoma City and the extended metro area, plus Tulsa and Enid came together with the purpose to pray for our city, state, nation and our businesses, plus hear an intriguing talk from Michael Franzese, a former high ranking official of a major crime family, who was thrown in jail, but miraculously changed his heart from violence and crime, to humble redemption and faith.

The crowd was greeted by a head table of government and business leaders, including for the first time, Governor Kevin Stitt.  Other leaders included Mayor David Holt, Senator James Lankford, Congresswoman Kendra Scott, Mike Hunter, Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Ricky Adams, Director of O.S.B.I., Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Education, General Michael Thompson, Oklahoma National Guard, PD Taylor, Oklahoma County Sheriff, Chief Richard Kelley, Okla. City Fire Dept., Jasco CEO Steve Trice, Insurica CEO Mike Ross.  A special moment was when Chairman, Randy Roper, honored Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty, who will be retiring soon.  Joel Harder, Capitol Commission minister led a prayer for the city and state.  Senator Lankford led a prayer for the nation and world.  Mike Ross led a prayer for all our businesses.  News9 Kelly Ogle was the Master of Ceremonies and Randy Roper, MidFirst Bank, was the Event Chairman.  Cole and Karlie Grubbs, worship leaders from Crossings Community Church in Edmond, sang “Clean” by Natalie Grant.

Michael Franzese came to Oklahoma City and spent Tuesday evening with a group of Hispanic business leaders at the Fandango Event Center.  His message included that our hearts can be full of terrible sin, but it is never too late to change our heart so miracles can and will happen.  Franzese is only one of 50 mobsters listed in a 1980’s list of richest mob leaders who is still alive.  He explained, that you don’t normally walk away from his life of crime, but God has a hedge of protection around him as he lives his life spreading the good news of forgiveness.  Before leaving Oklahoma City, Franzese gave the Chapel devotion for the students at Mid America Christian University.

In response to the message, 112 people made decisions to receive Christ or to start being more intentional about growing in their faith.  The host of this event is Christian Business Men’s Connection, an international organization who helps men grow in their relationship with Christ, integrate their faith with their work and then pass on what they have experienced to the next man as a disciple.  For more information about CBMC, you can call 405.302.CBMC or their website is