Promise Keepers Board: Chad Hennings

February 28, 2019By Ken HarrisonBoard, News

No one has the resumè that Chad Hennings has. 

He’s a simple Iowa farm kid who had the opportunity to attend the U.S. Airforce Academy, fly 45 combat missions over Iraq, won three Super Bowl rings as a defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys, founded and leads Wingmen Ministries, and, most importantly, prioritizes being a husband and father. 

And, now, Chad Hennings is joining the Board of Directors of Promise Keepers. 

No one is more thrilled to have Hennings’ leadership on the board than Ken Harrison, Chairman of Promise Keepers. 

“Chad Hennings isn’t just a football legend,” Harrison acknowledged. He’s a true American hero who set aside personal gain and delayed his NFL career to fight for his country as an A-10 pilot. Chad selflessly serves his family, his church, and his community. His heart for men — and the impact men have on their families — compelled him to start Wingmen Ministries. Chad’s experience in creating ‘cultures of excellence’ is just what we need, and his insight into the power of commitment — keeping promises — is exactly who we aspire to be as Promise Keepers,” Harrison insisted. 

“In order to attain excellence one must first live a lifestyle of excellence,” Hennings said with conviction. “Excellence isn’t a destination; it’s an identity.” 

Hennings has lived this message for most of his life and has taken this message across the world at the invitation of some of the most distinguished executive audiences ranging from American Airlines to Bank of America, General Motors to Citigroup, and a host of U.S. Governmental agencies. 

Hennings has also been a philanthropic leader in the Dallas/Fort Worth area as a member of the Board of Directors of Christian Community Action, an organization that provides assistance to at-risk families. 

He challenges audiences to dare to be excellent and inspires businesses to create cultures of excellence. “People and organizations don’t do great things to become great; great people and organizations do great things,” Hennings asserted. He credits his post-NFL career success to concepts he espouses on striving to live a lifestyle of excellence. 

As founder of Wingmen Ministries, Hennings equips men to be better husbands, better fathers, and more Christ-like examples. Hennings affirms,

“As the men of a church go, so goes the church. And as the church goes, so goes the nation.When a child receives Christ, there is a 3.5 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.
When a mother receives Christ, there is a 17 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.
When a father receives Christ, there is a 90 percent chance the rest of the family will follow.

Now more than ever, men need to know what godly masculinity is, commit to it, model it in their sphere of influence, and band together with like-minded men for support and sharpening. Promise Keepers is all about these things, and I’m honored to join them.” 

These days Hennings also serves as COO/Partner at Rubicon Representation, a Texas-based commercial real estate services firm. He also juggles speaking engagements and corporate advisory roles. “One of the things I’ve always been intrigued by has been business, so I’ve kind of been a serial entrepreneur,” Hennings said. 

Notably, Hennings has written three books, the latest of which was released in 2015. “Forces of Character” compiles a series of conversations about reaching potential, being a positive influence, and making a difference for others. The book features a diverse group of subjects, ranging from sports figures Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Jason Garrett, and Gregg Popovich to a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, a Space Shuttle commander, and a homelessness expert. Hennings previously authored “It Takes Commitment” and “Rules of Engagement,” which were released in 1996 and 2010, respectively. 

Chad and his wife, Tammy, have a son, Chase, and a daughter, Brenna. They currently reside in Flower Mound, Texas.

Wow! This is really happening!

February 27, 2019By Vance DayNews

Just recently I held an amazing document in my hand. It was a document of promise and hope – and I had one of those, “Wow! This is really going to happen” moments.

You see, I was holding the finalized version of Promise Keepers contract with a major NFL stadium for the PK 2020 event. There was the signature of my brother Ken Harrison across from the NFL representative.

After such long hard work to see this through, my heart was full of gratitude to the Lord.

Yale Kim is Promise Keepers’ Director of Events. Yale a sharp young man with a wonderful wife and three beautiful sons who scurry around his feet chasing each other amidst gleeful laughter. He started engaging the leadership of the stadium back in June 2018. Yale is a dedicated professional who knows events inside and out. Through his business, Catalyst Convergence, he has created and led numerous Christian events and mobilized tens of thousands of people to attend. It was Yale who let our team to secure this important stadium contract.

Over the last eight months there have been consistent negotiations, numerous drafts resulting in further negotiations, with additional add-ons including staging, ticket takers, concessions, a “no alcohol policy,” even down to reducing the cost for parking and other potentially costly aspects to attendees. Yale did a yeoman’s job in getting the work done.

After nearly 30 years in the legal profession, seven as a Circuit Court Judge, I have seen thousands of contracts and had participated in more negotiations that I can count. And yet, I can’t tell you the sense of blessing I felt knowing that the signed contract was in my hands – good work Team PK!!

Take a moment and thank the Lord for His faithfulness and His favor.

Stay tuned – we will release the location in early May. The plan is to make tickets available in early June. This is going to be awesome!

By Judge Vance Day, Promise Keepers COO

Men, listen up!

February 14, 2019By Ken HarrisonUncategorized

I just got done giving a presentation to a large audience when the usual line of people formed to ask questions or give their input to the talk. Then I noticed the desperate face of a desperate man. “I need to talk to you,” he said. I shook more hands and answered more questions and then as the crowd died down, he and I were able to move to a private corner to grab a few minutes uninterrupted. “My wife doesn’t respect me!” he said. “My kids don’t listen to me!” His face was shrouded in anger, the kind of anger that comes from pain. We settled down for a long conversation.

He was a retired Marine, and he looked like one. He was lean and muscular and stared through me as we talked. We went through the usual symptoms of the problem until we got to the root. He just didn’t listen to his family. “Man,” I told him, “if there’s one thing you can offer your wife and kids, it’s to listen. You can’t imagine how important it is to them that you just hear them out. Don’t have a solution to the problem, don’t offer to help, just listen and try to empathize.”

“I try!” he said, “but it’s all just so boring. My daughter goes on and on about who’s dating who. She talks about all her stupid friends. It drives me crazy. I just don’t care. I sit at the dinner table and wait for it all just to be over so I can turn on the TV and unwind.”

“You know,” I said to him, “when I was a newlywed, my wife was traumatized because her jewelry store had been burglarized. She went on and on about it. In those days I was a cop in a brutal area of Los Angeles. I averaged over one gun arrest and two felony arrests every day. I had to buy six watches in one year because they kept getting shattered while fighting with some bad guy in a gutter or tackling some gangster in a parking lot. A jewelry store getting burglarized was nothing in my world.”

“But as I watched her face while she told her story, I realized that she felt violated by the fact that some bad person had broken into her store and taken some of her inventory. I listened intently to her because it was important to her. I don’t know why I had the wisdom to do that, but God gave it to me.”

“Who’s dating who may not matter to you, but it matters a lot to your daughter, and for that reason, you should give her your full attention. She’s developing her expectations of the man she’ll marry based on how her dad treats her — you. Are you teaching her that she’s important and deservesto be listened to? If you’re bored by what matters to her, she’s picking up on it—and she’ll carry that with her for the rest of her life.” “You need to teach her that what is important to her is important to you—simply because it’s important to her.”Everything I just said to you ain’t bad marriage advice either,” I said. “You’re a Marine. I doubt that your wife doesn’t respect you — but I’m betting she doesn’t feel cherished by you. She doesn’t feel cherished because you don’t listen to her.”

I spoke again in that city about six months later, and that same Marine came up to me afterward, he had the same desperate look in his eyes. “How’s it going with your family?” I asked him.

“Well you know,” he said, “I tried to take your advice, but it just doesn’t work. I try to listen but my mind just drifts away.” He settled in for another long conversation where I’d give him advice that he’d ignore. Instead, I stood up and clapped him on the shoulder. “If you want to take up my time again, make sure you know the names of your daughter’s friends next time and her boyfriend if she has one. Tell me all about them.”

I spoke again in that city again about a year later. He wasn’t there. We men understand that our responsibilities are to protect and provide for our families. Often, the most important thing we can provide is to make them feel loved. All too often, men listen for an assignment: we listen for something to do or for a problem to solve. Sometimes, just listening and caring is all they really need. To be a true disciple of Jesus, a person must die to themselves. Part of dying to self is taking a genuine interest in the cares of others. Things that wouldn’t normally interest us become interesting — simply because they matter to someone we love. As you examine your life in Christ, don’t look at the outside — whether you’re following some set of rules. Look on the inside. Do you take a genuine interest in what’s important to others? Do you pray daily for them? Do you authentically wish the best for them? If not, take a deep look into your heart and ask God to help you to see others through the eyes with which He sees them. He will answer that prayer, and the world will begin to look vastly different and more interesting.


This article also appeared in the Christian Post.

Abortion is not politics. It’s murder.

February 8, 2019By Ken HarrisonUncategorized

Promise Keepers is not political. Politics won’t bring peace and joy to the world. Only the grace and love of Jesus will do that.

Abortion is not politics. It’s murder. What the state of New York did by passing a law that would allow the killing of a baby that could easily live outside the womb is an evil that is unfathomable. A man of God has the responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Here is what we stand for:

1. Promise Keepers don’t cause unwanted pregnancies because we understand that sex is confined to marriage only.

2. If we sin and cause an unplanned pregnancy outside of marriage, we commit to helping raise that child. We support with our time, our money and our love. There would be substantially fewer women choosing to have abortions if the men who fathered the baby lived up to their responsibilities.

3. We never condemn a woman who is considering an abortion. She needs our support and our help. Perhaps through love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, she will understand that she carries the greatest gift a person can give another: life.

4. We commit to fighting against any politician who promotes abortion and to supporting leaders who stand for life.

This is not politics. It’s life. We are the men of God and will will defend the defenseless. Are you with us?!?

-Ken Harrison
Chairman and CEO
Promise Keepers

This article also appeared in Charisma News.