Jerry Howarth

Legendary Blue Jays Announcer

We are pleased to welcome our 2019 guest speaker who will share his experience of faith and fellowship, both on and off the field. Born in Pennsylvania, Jerry grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1968 with a degree in Economics. He served two years as an officer in the U.S. Army, V Corps Headquarters, in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1968 to 1970. Upon his return, Jerry attended Hastings Law School in San Francisco where he met his wife, Mary.

He started his broadcasting career in 1974 with play-by-play of the Tacoma Twins AAA baseball team and also for the University of Puget Sound’s football and basketball teams. In 1981, Jerry moved to Toronto to become one of the Blue Jays radio broadcasters with Tom Cheek. For the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” would be the radio voices of the Blue Jays. Their partnership covered the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s, culminating with back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. Following Tom Cheek’s death in 2004, Jerry continued as the lead radio voice of the Blue Jays until his retirement in February 2018.

In 2012 he was named the winner of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame’s Jack Graney Award. Jerry was the long-time Basketball Coach at Etobicoke Collegiate High School, retiring from coaching there after 20 years and 25 in total at the end of the 2015 season. He and his wife Mary have two grown sons, Ben and Joe, and reside in Toronto. Jerry attends Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Etobicoke. We look forward to hearing his story and the impact that faith has had in his own personal journey.

“Hello Friends!” published by ECW Press, will be released in March 2019 to coincide with spring training.

Brooke Nicholls

Award Winning Musical Guest

Our musical guest, Brooke Nicholls is the winner of the 2018 Canadian Gospel Music Awards for New Artist of the Year & Female Vocalist of the Year for both 2018 and 2019. Brooke is the daughter of Member of Provincial Parliament, Rick Nicholls. She is a Worship Leader and Songwriter from Toronto, ON. Brooke has opened for musical groups such as Hillsong, MercyMe, The City Harmonic, Love & The Outcome and Dan Bremnes. When she is home she serves as a Staff Worship Leader at C4 Church. When she’s not at her home Church, she’s leading worship at different Churches and Ministries across Canada and beyond. She released her newest album ‘Pursue’ in September 2018. Brooke is married to her guitar player Steve.

At our 2018 Prayer Breakfast, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with this commemorative video.