About Danny Hawkins:
Danny is a product of the Missouri Foster Care System due to domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect in his home; at age four, he witnessed the murder of his father during a domestic violence incident. This event changed the trajectory of his. He spent over four years in the Missouri Foster Care System, where he was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused. At young age, doctors and specialist wrote, "Danny lost the ability to cope with society's demands." He was diagnosed as developmentally slow and, he did not speak until the age of eight due to the trauma and abuse he experienced. As a young adult, he was homeless and attempted suicide.
Through pastors, teachers, and mentors, Danny discovered his potential and realized his dream. Danny overcame the odds, and he graduated from high school in 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Generals Studies in Social Work, Education, and Modern and Classical Languages (Spanish and Portuguese focus) from Missouri State University, Crisis Prevention Institute Comprehensive/Blue Certification, and he is completing a Certificate in Theology and Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, a Master of Social Work at Columbia University - NYC, Fostering Inclusion and Diversity at Yale University, and Business Studies at Harvard Business School Online.
From a small rural community in Crane, Missouri, Danny travelled to Brazil. In Brazil, Danny met his wife Brazil, Luciane Padilha Hawkins; they have been married for 13 years, which together have an 12-year old son, Daniel Padilha Hawkins. They reside in Springfield, Missouri. His wife, Lu, is a public speaker, she is educational consultant, and she is an Online Per Course Instructor at Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri; Luciane is a Brazilian and naturalized United States Citizen. At birth, their son, Daniel Padilha Hawkins, received dual citizenship - Brazilian and American. They own and operate Hawkins Educational Services, LC, Springfield, Missouri, and Hawkins Educational Services LLC, Baltimore, Maryland, which provides Educational Services, tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs to the at-risk population in Greene County, Missouri and The Baltimore-Washington D.C. Metro Area. Through their company, The Hawkins Intellectual Property Holdings LLC they manage their intellectual properties, their book sales, and their conferences.
Danny realized his desire to preach as a child while attending the Billings Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Billings, Missouri. He credits Rev. Dr. Micki Pulleyking, then the pastor of Billings Christian Church, for igniting the desire to ask “Why” and the gift of inquiry, while ministering on a practical level and serving God for the good and advancement of all humanity. In September and October 2004, Danny was licensed and ordained by Four Rivers Church, Marshfield, Missouri, and he was commissioned as a missionary to Latin America, serving in Mexico and Brazil for over 10 years. In May 2005, he received Reciprocal Ordination from the Seventh Foursquare Gospel Church in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel (Brazil), and the Church of God (Mexico). He has planted churches in the United States, Mexico, and Brazil, which now have ministries in 88+ countries and reaching over 10,000 people a day.
More recently, Danny has been focusing on writing, public speaking, and making awareness about child abuse, neglect, foster care, and the flight of foster children. He speaks at community events, schools, colleges, universities, and events sharing his personal experiences, how to make the community, classrooms, and churches inclusive for foster kids and children living in poverty, and how to being the journey from brokenness to healing, among many other topics.
He believes in giving back to the community; his community involvement was featured in the Springfield News-Leader http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2017/02/13/positive-experience-brazil-adventures-club-springfield-elementary/97589038/). He was selected as Fields PTA Volunteer of the Year (2015-2016), and Williams Elementary School’s Care to Learn Hero (2016-2017). Danny, --once who was unable to speak due to trauma-- is multilingual, speaking English and Portuguese fluently, as well as Conversational Spanish.
Danny's life story is Unbelievable. With the support of his wife, his son, his family, and friends, he is publishing his first book, Unbelievable. Through his book, Danny shares his journey from brokenness to healing. You will be encouraged, inspired, and understand that one can overcome all odds against him/her. Danny's book will be available in late 2019. You will be able to find them in bookstores around the world, Amazon, the App Store, and other online stores, including this website: www.dannysunbelievable.life.
Get To Know Danny's Wife, Luciane Hawkins
Invite Danny to speak at your conference, school, college, university, church, or event. We offer an array of diverse services from motivational speaking, professional development, to Child Abuse and Neglect awareness. Danny's unique and unbelievable life story and his first-hand experiences in the foster care system, church, educational field, and living abroad, from living through child abuse, homeless, and poverty to owning and operating his small business, from community college to ivy league universities can be used to encourage your audience and enhance your event.
We will work with you to develop a personalized message or conference for your event, a customized presentation for your class, or profession development for your organization. Our goal is to help make your event successful by offering affordable, quality, and personalized services. Begin by scheduling a no-obligation consultation to see how what services we offer, pricing, and availability.